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It’s Starting to Register: FDA Draft Guidance Addresses Use of Registries to Support Regulatory Decision-Making for Drugs & Biological Products

Showing no signs of food coma, the FDA issued draft guidance on the Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend that outlines considerations for sponsors proposing to design a registry or use an existing registry to support regulatory decision-making about a drug’s effectiveness or safety.  This draft guidance represents the Agency’s…

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Senate Judiciary Committee Advances False Claims Act Amendment to Full Senate

On October 28, a majority of members on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 15-7 to advance to the full Senate a bipartisan bill that would make a number of amendments to the False Claims Act (“FCA”), including one that would make significant changes to the FCA’s definition of “materiality.” Senator…

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FDA Issues Guiding Principles for Good Machine Learning Practice for Medical Device Development

On October 27, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada and the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a set of ten guiding principles meant to aid the development of Good Machine Learning Practice (GMLP). Artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) offers the…

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Field Alert Reporting: Supplier Contracting Implications for Drug Developers

For emerging companies establishing their first supply chains, ensuring notification requirements in supply agreements for when commercial-stage manufacturing issues arise may not be top of mind. However, it is important for drug developers whose contracts enable continuation of a supply arrangement into the commercial-stage to be familiar with the U.S….

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Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Beware: New State Drug Transparency Laws and Enforcement Mechanisms Are Coming In 2022

In 2016, states began passing pharmaceutical price reporting laws.  These laws are designed to bring transparency to a pharmaceutical manufacturer’s drug pricing process by requiring drug manufacturers to report pricing and other information related to the cost, development, and sale of drugs.  By October 2021, approximately twenty states have passed…

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Don’t Forget about the States! Understanding the Maze of State Billing Laws for Physicians and Laboratories Providing Anatomic Pathology Services

Laboratory tests play a critical part of the healthcare system.  Ordering and billing for these tests, however, is not always cut-and-dry.  Compliance with federal laws and rules (like the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), and the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act (EKRA) – not to mention…

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Interoperability and Information Blocking Final Regulation: Key Concerns for Health Information Technology Companies and Developers

As of April 5, 2021, health information technology companies and developers are required to comply with the information blocking provisions of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Information Blocking Final Regulation (“Final Rule”), implementing specific provisions…

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