Category: Pharmaceuticals

Takeda Part Two: Destroy Evidence, Pay the Price — Eli Lilly and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Get Hit For $9 Billion Punitive Damages Verdict

Recently, in In re Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 11-2299, a Louisiana federal jury awarded $9 billion in punitive damages against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. (“Takeda”) and Eli Lilly & Co. (“Lilly”). The verdict was delivered on the heels of Judge Rebecca Doherty’s January opinion, which lambasted Takeda for failing to (1) enforce its own litigation hold and (2) follow its document retention procedures, which led to the destruction of relevant evidence that Judge Doherty found would have likely been beneficial for the plaintiffs’ case.

Takeda Part One: Prelude To Disaster? — Takeda Can’t Narrow Its Broadly-Written Litigation Hold

An opinion from Judge Rebecca Doherty in In re Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 11-2299, provides valuable lessons on the consequences of drafting overly-broad litigation hold notices, as well as the importance of providing evidence from knowledgeable witnesses in defense of document retention procedures.

NJIPLA to Host the 27th Annual Pharmaceutical / Chemical Patent Practice Update

On Wednesday, December 11, the New Jersey Intellectual Property Association will host the 27th Annual Pharmaceutical / Chemical Patent Practice Update at the Woodbridge Hilton in Iselin, NJ. This seminar will cover a range of important topics pertaining to arising pharmaceutical patent matters. This seminar will cover a range of important topics pertaining to arising pharmaceutical patent matters such as: Impact of Erosion of IP Rights on the Pharmaceutical Industry; Maximizing the Probability of Success in Post-Grant Proceedings for Pharmaceutical Patents; Patent Term Adjustment Strategies; The Bolar Exemption in the EU and UK; Claiming Functionally-Defined Biologics; Self-Colliding” Co-Pending Applications at the EPO; Recent Developments in Hatch-Waxman Litigation: (1) Impact of FTC v. Actavis on Pharmaceutical Patent Settlements; and (2) NCE Exclusivity for Enantiomers and Combination Products; and USPTO Ethics Horror Stories – Tales from the OED Crypt.

Rutgers Pharma MBA Program Ranked One of Best in World

Rutgers Business School’s MBA in Pharmaceutical Management was recently ranked as one of the top 10 MBA programs for Health Care/Pharmaceuticals/Biotechnology in the world, based on a survey done by Find-MBA.com. According to a press release from Rutgers, the program earned its ranking due to its success in assisting MBA grads to earn internships and jobs focused in the health care, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries. This was a function of the quality of the program, complemented by Rutgers Business School’s proximity to, and relationship with, top tier pharmaceutical companies and several large hospitals in the region.

Mutual Pharmaceutical Co., Inc. v. Bartlett

The generic pharmaceutical industry faced a Catch-22 when a serious adverse reaction arose from use of a generic drug product, and the manufacturer was restrained from unilaterally amending the product label to conform to state requirements, due to the Supreme Court’s decision in PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing, 131 S.Ct. 2567 (2011). PLIVA held that state requirements to change a label are pre-empted by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act’s prohibition of changing labeling without authorization by the FDA.

Counterfeit Drugs – The Challenges of a Deadly Global Epidemic

For years, the average person who heard the phrase “knock offs” would immediately think of counterfeit versions of brand name luxury goods. While counterfeiters continue to target those types of goods, they are by no means the most nefarious or sophisticated category of counterfeiters. Counterfeiters have effectively targeted almost every type of consumer product imaginable, including the drugs and medical diagnostic devices that consumers rely on for their health and safety.

Managing Counterfeiting Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Pharmaceutical counterfeiting poses a threat to consumers and harms both the reputation and financial condition of pharmaceutical companies. On Tuesday, June 18, the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology will be hosting “Managing Counterfeiting Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry,” from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Seton Hall Law School in Newark, NJ.

Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology Files Amicus Brief in “Pay-for-Delay” Case Before Supreme Court

We previously reported on the battle over so-called “pay-for-delay” settlements, which puts the pharmaceutical industry versus the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) before the Supreme Court, to decide the legality of reverse payments in Hatch-Waxman cases. The case is FTC v. Actavis, Inc., et al. Last week, the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology, among 16 other amici, filed briefs in support of respondents and the lawfulness of these payments. The other amici included: Antitrust Economists; Bayer AG and Bayer Corp.; Health Economics and Law Professors; Mediation and Negotiation Professionals; Law Professors Gregory Dolin, Kent Bernard, et al.; The American Intellectual Property Law Association; Enavail, LLC; The Generic Pharmaceutical Association]; Intellectual Property Owners Association; Merck & Co., Inc.; National Association of Manufacturers; Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (Phrma); New York Intellectual Property Law Association; Shire plc; Washington Legal Foundation; Generic Manufacturers Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.; Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.; Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.; and Impax Laboratories, Inc.

Proposed Bill Seeks to Answer the Pay for Delay Debate

As the so-called pay for-delay case is ripening for Supreme Court oral argument on March 25, 2013, on Tuesday a bi-partisan group of senators introduced legislation meant to strongly deter such arrangements. The introduction of the bill, known as the “Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act,” follows an annual FTC report disclosing 40 potential pay-for-delay deals struck in the 2012 fiscal year — a jump from 28 such deals in 2011. The goal of the bill is “to prohibit brand name drug companies from compensating generic drug companies to delay the entry of a generic drug into the market.” Such reverse payments (payments made by branded pharmaceutical patent holders to generic challengers to postpone market entry) are considered lawful by some, and anti-competitive by others, including the FTC.

U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Review Lead Compound Test for Obviousness Analysis

On Monday, the Supreme Court denied the petition for writ of certiorari filed by Apotex seeking review of the Federal Circuit’s May 7, 2012, ruling that affirmed the District Court of New Jersey’s judgment that Otsuka’s patents covering its blockbuster drug Abilify© are valid and not obvious. In that ruling, the Federal Circuit found no error in the District Court’s application of the so-called lead compound test; an analytical framework in chemical art cases that seeks — in an obviousness inquiry under 35 U.S.C. § 103 — to determine whether a POSA (“person of ordinary skill in the art”) would select the proffered prior art as a “lead compound.” Specifically, in a lead compound analysis, the Court will consider: the hypothetical person of skill in the art’s identification of a lead compound, structural differences between the proposed lead compound and the claimed invention, motivation or teachings in the prior art to make the necessary changes to arrive at the claimed invention, and whether the person of skill in the art would have a reasonable expectation of success in making such structural changes.