For most of you, it has been a long time since you thought much about criminal law. Do you remember the hypothetical about the murder victim who perished on a desert hike and it was difficult to pinpoint the criminal(s) because one person had poisoned the water in the victim’s canteen, one had replaced the

Bexis vividly remembers how he first learned of 21 U.S.C. §337(a).  It was early 1995, and he had just joined the Danek Medical legal team in the early going of the Orthopedic Bone Screw MDL.  The plaintiffs’ complaints went on and on about “negligence per se” and purported violations of the FDCA.  Bexis figured that

Just in.  United States Supreme Court rules unanimously in Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Albrecht, No. 17-290, slip op. (U.S. May 20, 2019) (“Albrecht”), that the Third Circuit got it wrong in In re Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) Products Liability Litigation, 852 F.3d 268 (3d Cir. 2017).  However, the majority opinion,

This message is directed primarily to our overseas readers, and those who represent non-United States drug and medical device companies.  Under FDA registration regulations, non-United States manufacturers (and other regulated companies) that import their regulated products into this country are required to appoint a domestic “agent” for regulatory purposes:

(i) Registration of foreign establishments

(1)

If the promise of adaptive artificial intelligence (sometimes called “Machine Learning”) is to be achieved in the medical area, FDA’s regulation of medical devices is going to have to graduate from geometry to calculus.  By its nature, machine learning changes the details of its output constantly.  The rigid regulatory model requiring FDA pre-approval of all

Today’s guest post, by Luther Munford of Butler Snow, engages in one of our currently favorite activities, that being informed speculation on what might be the consequences of a favorable Supreme Court resolution of its currently pending preemption appeal in Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Albrecht.  We hope he’s right.  As always, our

We’ve been waiting quite a while for the FDA to modernize its positions on the truthful off-label communications by regulated manufacturers.  Under current First Amendment practice, the FDA’s positions are quite likely unconstitutional as both speaker- and topic-based restrictions on the truthful communication of scientific information.  However, the best we’ve seen from the Agency to