Frances Drummond (AU)

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Times, they are a-changin’ – new country of origin food labeling system effective 1 July 2016

Summary From 1  July 2016, new country of origin labeling requirements will become a reality in Australia, with a new food labeling system commencing under the Australian Consumer Law. The implementation of the new system will have a two year transition period. From 1 July 2018, the new system will be mandatory and something which … Continue reading

Representative McDermott urges RAC appeal fix

On March 18, 2014, Representative Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) sent a letter to US Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius “express[ing] concern about the backlog of appeals pending with the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (“OMHA”)” and making recommendations for the improvement of the recovery audit contractor (“RAC”) audit appeals process.  … Continue reading

Australian patents – exception for manufacture for export

In a move that has been threatened for some time, legislation has been introduced into the Australian parliament to create a further exception to the patentee’s rights.  This will allow for the manufacture of patent protected medicines in Australia where the products are going to be exported to address a public health issue either in … Continue reading