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FDA’s Regulation of Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) – Changes on Horizon?

By Deborah M. Shelton For years, the Food and Drug Administration has maintained that it has jurisdiction over laboratory-developed tests (“LDTs”) – those in vitro tests developed, validated and used for in-house pathology and diagnostic purposes – as medical devices. Yet the Agency has, with some few exceptions (e.g., IVDMIAs), exercised enforcement discretion, reasoning that … Continue Reading

Banning “Pay-For Delay” Settlements and Resale Price Maintenance are Senate Antitrust Subcommittee’s Top Legislative Priorities

In a recent interview, Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights, discussed the subcommittee’s legislative priorities for 2010. At the top of the list is passage of the Preserve Affordable Access to Generics Act, which would prevent anticompetitive "pay-for-delay" patent settlements in which a brand-name … Continue Reading

New Taxes for Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturers/Importers/Distributors

Manufacturers As part of the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) – known to most as Healthcare Reform Legislation, new taxes will be imposed on manufacturers of “branded prescription drugs” and most medical devices. These taxes are in addition to the fees already charged by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for review … Continue Reading

FDA Publishes Proposed Rule on Broadcast Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertisement; the 4 New Standards

On March 29, 2010, FDA published a proposed rule setting forth how it would interpret the Congressionally mandated requirement that “major statements” in broadcast Director-to-Consumer (“DTC”) advertisements for prescription drugs be presented in a “clear, conspicuous and neutral manner." See proposed 21 C.F.R. § 202.1(e), 75 Fed. Reg. 15376 (March 20, 2010).    … Continue Reading

FDA Looks to Boost Criminal Prosecutions

In the wake of a scathing March 4th GAO Report, FDA has informed Congress that it will boost criminal prosecutions of pharmaceutical and food industry executives.[1] Although the Agency’s Office of Criminal Investigation (OCI) can prosecute ‘responsible corporate officials,’ according to the GAO Report OCI has failed to exercise this enforcement tool to achieve FDA … Continue Reading
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