Welcome to the Goodwin’s Life Sciences Perspectives Blog, a resource specifically aimed at addressing your most frequent and pressing issues and providing insights on current developments.

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.

 

Judge Dismisses Pfizer’s Lawsuit Over HHS Limits on Drug Copay Assistance

In a previous post published on the Washington Legal Foundation’s Legal Pulse blog, Goodwin Partners Matt Wetzel and William Jackson discussed the potential implications of a high-profile recent lawsuit lodged by Pfizer against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General’s (“OIG”) over Pfizer’s drug…

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Survival Guide to Structuring Life Sciences Partnering and M+A Agreements

The life sciences space is ever-growing and dynamic as the industry witnesses more companies and, therefore, more collaboration, licensing and M&A agreements, come into the spotlight. While these deals are exciting opportunities for life sciences companies at all stages, they can also be daunting when it comes to their legal…

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Goodwin Virtual Series: Foundations in Healthcare Compliance for Life Sciences Companies

In the ever-evolving life sciences industry, compliance is top-of-mind for investors, business leaders, the public and the government.  Life sciences companies are subject to increased enforcement efforts and greater public scrutiny, and boards, investors, and other key stakeholders call for more and better compliance controls.  As a result, there are…

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Exactly One Year Later, CMS Reverses Course on Covering Innovative MedTech

In September 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new rule that would expedite Medicare coverage for medical technology approved through the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) “Breakthrough Devices Program.”  CMS’s proposal – the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology, or MCIT, Pathway – was groundbreaking in…

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Florida Joins List of States Requiring Licensure for Genetic Counselors

Many allied health professionals are subject to state-level licensing requirements that can vary from jurisdiction-to-jurisdiction. What may be required in New York to hold a medical professional license may differ dramatically from what is required in Illinois or Texas, for instance.  One state’s requirements may be onerous and administratively taxing;…

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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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