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FDA releases new guidance on off-label promotion

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) released two guidance documents that relate to sharing of certain information about drugs and medical devices, including economic information about unapproved products and unapproved uses, as well as information not included in a product’s FDA-approved labeling. These guidance documents are part of broader blueprint published by … Continue reading

Recent effort to regulate pharmaceutical pricing deemed unconstitutional by Fourth Circuit

In the absence of federal action, states have attempted to rein in high pharmaceutical pricing by enacting laws aimed at regulating drug pricing. Following what now has become a trend, on March 13, 2018, Oregon became the newest state to enact such legislation, The Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act, H.B. 4005. But many of these … Continue reading

FDA relaxes FSMA enforcement

On January 5, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) released guidance entitled Policy Regarding Certain Entities Subject to the Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Preventive Controls, Produce Safety, and/or Foreign Supplier Verification Programs: Guidance for Industry. The guidance states that FDA will exercise enforcement discretion for certain parts of the Food Safety Modernization … Continue reading

FDA commissioner discusses key policy goals for 2018

On December 14, 2017, the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), Dr. Scott Gottlieb, posted Looking ahead: Some of FDA’s major policy goals for 2018 on FDA’s blog, FDA Voice, and discussed FDA’s policy agenda published on the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (“Unified Agenda”), which provides the public … Continue reading

FDA commissioner discusses upcoming guidance to modernize its framework for medical device review

On December 11, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, posted Advancing Policies to Promote Safe, Effective MedTech Innovation on FDA’s blog, FDA Voice and discussed FDA’s plans to modernize its policy framework for the review of new medical devices. These changes will require FDA to make the review process more … Continue reading

FDA embraces medical innovation in 2017

On November 16, 2017, the US Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) unveiled a comprehensive policy framework – a suite of four guidance documents – to oversee regenerative medicine products. Regenerative medicine is the science of restoring structure and function to damaged or diseased cells, tissues, or organs. The two final guidance documents outline when cell … Continue reading

FDA commissioner looks to curb tactics that restrict drug competition

On November 8, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb spoke as a keynote speaker at the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) workshop, Understanding Competition in Prescription Drug Markets: Entry and Supply Chain Dynamics (“Workshop”) and called to “end the shenanigans” that can delay or restrict generic drug competition. Gottlieb discussed his … Continue reading

FDA commissioner discusses greater scrutiny of health claims on food packaging

On October 10, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb spoke at the Wall Street Journal Global Food Forum (“Forum”) and shed light on his views regarding food labeling. Specifically, Dr. Gottlieb said that he wants FDA to take a closer look at the health claims on food packaging. He further … Continue reading

Restaurant and convenience store trade groups sue NYC over menu labeling regulations

On July 14, 2017, the National Association of Convenience Stores, New York Association of Convenience Stores, Food Marketing Institute, and Restaurant Law Center (“trade groups”) filed a lawsuit against the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and its Commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, the New York City Board of Health, and the … Continue reading

Mandatory kilojoule labeling – Victoria, Australia

The Victorian Government has introduced the requirement that all major Victorian food outlets and supermarket chains must display kilojoule contents on their menus. The Food (Kilojoule Labelling Scheme and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2016 will, from May 2018, require large chain food businesses and large chain supermarkets to display: the average kilojoule content of standardised, … Continue reading

FDA announces plans to create a centralized digital health unit

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has announced plans to create a centralized digital health unit within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (“CDRH”), further supporting CDRH’s 2016-2017 vision to establish a more robust national evaluation system for medical devices.  FDA will form the new digital health unit within CDRH’s Office of the … Continue reading

Latest Executive Order shows support for agribusiness development and food safety

On April 25, 2017, President Trump issued the Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America. The Executive Order established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity that will identify legislative, regulatory, and policy changes to promote in rural American agriculture, such as economic development, job growth, and infrastructure improvement. … Continue reading

Retailers petition FDA to revise menu labeling rule

On April 5, 2017, the National Grocers Association (“NGA”) and National Association of Convenience Stores (“NACS”) filed a citizen petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). The citizen petition (“petition”) urged the FDA to halt and consider changes to its final menu labeling rule (“final rule”), which is set to take effect on … Continue reading

Court upholds Health Canada decision requiring additional information ‎on certain Apotex drugs manufactured in India

The Federal Court dismissed Apotex’s application for judicial review of the Minister of Health’s decision to require additional information from Apotex as part of its submissions for certain drugs manufactured in India by Apotex affiliates. Read the full update here.… Continue reading

Global health trends impacting the regulation of food and beverage labels

As global rates of obesity and related diseases continue to rise, consumers around the world are becoming more health conscious, and are expecting their food products to reflect their desire for healthier options. A recent Nielsen Global Health and Wellness Survey found that, of the 30 000 people across 60 countries surveyed, 49% consider themselves … Continue reading

Health Canada releases draft guidance documents for consultation related to good manufacturing practices and drug establishment licensing

On January 18, 2017, Health Canada released five draft guidance documents for consultation relating to good manufacturing practices and drug establishment licensing. The consultation period is open until April 18, 2017. Read the full update in Norton Rose Fulbright’s Pharma in brief – Canada.… Continue reading

FDA receives citizen petition regarding labeling of added sugars in food

On January 25, 2017, the nonprofit science group, Union of Concerned Scientists, filed a citizen petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), urging the FDA to prohibit foods with high amounts of added sugars from being labeled or advertised as nutritious or healthy. The petition is open for public comment until July 25, … Continue reading

New proposed food safety regulations open for comments

They’re finally here! The long-awaited Safe Food for Canadians Regulations have been pre-published in the Canada Gazette I for comment, and the CFIA has officially kicked off consultation on the proposed regulations. The proposed Regulations are made under the Safe Food for Canadians Act (the “Act”), which was adopted back in 2012 with a view … Continue reading

Just before inauguration, FDA issues memo to address off-label promotion

On January 18, 2017, two days before President Trump took office, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two pieces of draft guidance for off-label communications. The first addresses communications with payors and formulary committees, and the second outlines “Questions and Answers” about how FDA evaluates communications about information not contained in approved labels … Continue reading

How pharma cos. can shape the drug-pricing landscape

Unless you have been living under a rock, you no doubt have noticed that drug price increases have resulted in a wave of public criticism, playing right into the media’s demonization of the pharmaceutical industry, and even becoming an election year issue. The United States is one of the only developed nations that largely does … Continue reading

FDA proposes revised oversight approach for lab developed tests

In November 2016, in a departure from its prior position, the US Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”) announced that it would not develop final guidance to regulate laboratory developed tests (“LDTs”), as we covered previously on Health Law Pulse. In a discussion paper published on January 13, 2017, the FDA instead has proposed a … Continue reading
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