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The challenges across the life sciences industry are as abundant as the opportunities. From tightening federal regulations and market forces to revolutionary innovations, the headwinds are stiff and shifting but they are navigable. We will be tracking emerging issues and developments on private and public company matters, licensing deals and collaborations, patent and IP matters, FDA and healthcare regulatory compliance, and European and Asian developments for life sciences companies. Sign up to receive postings from Goodwin’s Life Sciences Perspectives blog by clicking here.

 

The European Commission proposes to extend the transition deadline in the EU Medical Device Regulation

… a major change to the Regulation is needed to prevent shortages of life-saving medical devices… Background On Friday 9 December 2022, the European Commission proposed to extend the transition deadline in the Medical Device Regulation (EU) 2017/745 (MDR). According to the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella…

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Congress Expands Pathway for Drug & Device Manufacturers’ Pre-Approval Communication of Health Care Economic Information to Payors, Formularies, & Similar Entities

The legislation previously introduced as the Pre-Approval Information Exchange Act of 2022 (“PIE Act”) was passed as part of Congress’s December 23, 2022 omnibus spending bill. Once signed into law, this legislation will amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act’s (FDCA’s) provisions on misbranded drugs and devices to formally allow drug…

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Decision Time: The Unified Patent Court Begins in 2023

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The Unified Patent Court (“UPC”) is set to begin on June 1, 2023. Under the UPC framework, a single court proceeding could result in simultaneous revocation of European Patents across multiple European Union (“EU”) countries, including France and Germany. A three-month “Sunrise Period” is set to begin March 1, 2023….

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USPTO Announces Cancer Moonshot Expedited Examination Program

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) published a Notice in the Federal Register announcing a new pilot program entitled, “Cancer Moonshot Expedited Examination Pilot Program” (the “Cancer Moonshot Program”) (87 Fed. Reg. 75608 (December 9, 2022)) (the “Notice”) to attempt to further accelerate innovation in the health and medical…

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USPTO and FDA Continue to Focus on Patent Quality in the Pharmaceutical Industry

After a recent reminder from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) regarding the duties of disclosure and reasonable inquiry during examination of a patent application and a Request for Comments (RFC) on the USPTO initiatives to ensure “robustness and reliability” of patent rights,[1] the Director of the U.S. Patent…

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Avoiding Misbranding: Words Matter When Describing the Regulatory Status of 510(k) Cleared Devices and Registered Device Establishments

When it comes to discussing medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), words such as “approved” and “cleared” cannot be used interchangeably as these terms carry a particular meaning. Similarly, creating an impression of approval of a device establishment or its devices because the establishment is…

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Five Key Regulatory Considerations for Virtual Ketamine Clinics

The off-label use of ketamine to treat anxiety, depression, and other behavioral health disorders —coupled with the COVID-19 telehealth era—has spurred the opening of virtual ketamine clinics nationwide. Some clinics offer a full suite of health care services, including telehealth visits, prescribing, pharmacy dispensing, and counseling services, while others are…

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FDA Announces Total Product Life Cycle Advisory Program (TAP) Pilot

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA” or “the Agency”) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (“CDRH”) recently announced the launch of its Total Product Life Cycle Advisory Program (“TAP”) Pilot. The first phase of this voluntary initiative, called TAP Pilot Soft Launch, will be conducted during fiscal year (“FY”)…

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United States: FTC Looks Set To Open Up New Enforcement Front (Global Competition Review)

Recent merger enforcement in the pharmaceutical space continues to follow traditional principles and modes of analysis. However, with a new 3-to-2 Democratic majority, it is increasingly likely that the Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement actions will reflect more aggressive theories that were previously advocated only in dissenting statements. Recent behavioural enforcement…

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