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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.

 

Five Emerging Concerns for the Health Care Industry as AI & Telehealth Converge

The use of telehealth continues to grow rapidly across the U.S.  Given legislative proposals and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services efforts to expand access to telehealth, we can only anticipate that remotely engaging with healthcare providers is here to stay.   In fact, the National Center for Health Statistics…

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DOJ Recoups a total of $1.8 Billion from Health Care Fraud in 2020, Laboratory Recoupments Alone Account for Hundreds of Millions

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has reported that in 2020, the government prosecuted dozens of laboratory owners and operators for anti-kickback related offenses responsible for hundreds of millions in alleged federal health care program loses.  DOJ recouped a total of $1.8 billion dollars in connection with healthcare fraud allegations. Since…

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Alere Pays $198.75 Million to Settle False Claims for Allegedly Billing Medicare for Defective POC Devices, Not Charging Copays, and Sending Supplies to Deceased Patients

Alere Inc. and Alere San Diego Inc. (collectively “Alere”) have come under fire recently by the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and other government agencies, agreeing to settle several rounds of accusations of False Claims Act violations for a total of $198.75 million. The first series of settlements was announced…

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Patient Stakeholder Group Zeroes in on Medical Device Industry

In recent months, the Kaiser Health Network (part of the Kaiser Family Foundation) has issued three reports scrutinizing the orthopedic industry and its practices.  Each report articulates the stakeholder group’s concerns over relationships among orthopedic and spinal surgeons, orthopedic implant manufacturers, and their sales representatives.  Medical device manufacturers, especially those…

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SEC Approves NASDAQ Board Diversity Rules

On August 6, 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission approved Nasdaq’s Board Diversity Rules (the “Rules”). The Rules require Nasdaq-listed companies to have or explain why they do not have at least two diverse directors. Companies are also required to annually disclose statistical information on board diversity using a standardized board diversity matrix. To…

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Common GCP Bioresearch Monitoring Violations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Office of Bioresearch Monitoring Operations (OBIMO) oversees domestic and foreign agency field inspections for clinical and non-clinical research. In particular, OBIMO manages the Bioresearch Monitoring (BIMO) Program which conducts onsite field inspections and data monitoring to ensure institution and industry compliance with FDA’s…

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PE Investment in Health Care Attracting Greater Federal Scrutiny

Private equity investment in health care companies has garnered increasingly critical attention from the federal government, including recent scrutiny by Congress in March 2021, when the Oversight Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on “Examining Private Equity’s Expanded Role in the U.S….

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