Legal/Regulatory

Limits on pharma payments to doctors back on policy menu

Limits on pharma payments to doctors back on policy menu

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A mini wave of state-level rule-making has thrust the issue of restrictions on pharma payments to medical professionals back into the spotlight.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, October 6, 2017

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, October 6, 2017

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AbbVie to pay $140 million to AndroGel patient; Trump likely to roll back birth-control mandate; patients more likely to respond to expensive drugs

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Only three of the seven FDA-approved biosimilars are available for sale; Teva to sell off women's health portfolio; the FDA approves GSK's COPD combo

The FDA issues its second enforcement letter of 2017

The FDA issues its second enforcement letter of 2017

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The OPDP has only issued two letters in 2017, compared to 11 last year.

Johnson & Johnson in breach of U.K. rules over Nicorette marketing

Johnson & Johnson in breach of U.K. rules over Nicorette marketing

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Johnson & Johnson has breached the U.K.'s drug regulation code in three places in promotions for smoking cessation product Nicorette.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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Jury says AbbVie fraudulently misrepresented risks of AndroGel; Celgene settles False Claims Act lawsuit; Amgen reports more Repatha prescribers

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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Former sales reps for Insys plead guilty to kickback allegations; digital health funding on the rise; PhRMA launches campaign about drug costs

The FDA attempts to understand how disclosures affect drug ads

The FDA attempts to understand how disclosures affect drug ads

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The FDA recently proposed studies designed to determine how disclosures in drug ads affect how viewers frame information.

Astellas reprimanded by U.K. drug regulator

Astellas reprimanded by U.K. drug regulator

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The drugmaker has been handed a "public reprimand" by the U.K.'s Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority after the creative director of an unnamed agency used the company's patient support materials on its website.

What marketers need to know about tax reform, off-label promotion, pricing

What marketers need to know about tax reform, off-label promotion, pricing

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The ad-tax deduction is likely once again on the table.

Amgen, Sandoz argue biosimilar patent case to the Supreme Court

Amgen, Sandoz argue biosimilar patent case to the Supreme Court

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Sandoz counsel argued that Amgen's position "wrongly delays the marketing of every biosimilar."

PhRMA debuts new ads in Go Boldly campaign

PhRMA debuts new ads in Go Boldly campaign

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PhRMA worked with WPP Health & Wellness and Young & Rubicam on creative for the ads.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, April 14, 2017

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, April 14, 2017

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Lawmaker wants better enforcement of TV ads placed by lawyers; more toddlers are taking antipsychotics; Neurocrine puts off price disclosure of new drug

Senate committee launches investigation into opioid marketing

Senate committee launches investigation into opioid marketing

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The committee is seeking information about the companies' sales and marketing strategies.

Veeva and QuintilesIMS tussle over customer reference data

Veeva and QuintilesIMS tussle over customer reference data

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Veeva is countersuing QuintilesIMS in the wake of allegations that Veeva mishandled its proprietary data.

Industry groups petition the FDA over off-label rule

Industry groups petition the FDA over off-label rule

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PhRMA, BIO, and the Medical Information Working Group filed a citizen petition over a final rule they say raises risks for drugmakers.

FDA guidance seeks to clarify pharma comms with payers

FDA guidance seeks to clarify pharma comms with payers

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But it may also increase the reporting burden for drugmakers.

In draft guidance, the FDA defines appropriate off-label comms as being 'consistent' with the label

In draft guidance, the FDA defines appropriate off-label comms as being 'consistent' with the label

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The regulator is providing examples of appropriate off-label communications.

The FDA targeted DTC, video, unapproved drug promotion in 2016

The FDA targeted DTC, video, unapproved drug promotion in 2016

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The agency issued 11 enforcement letters last year.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, January 6, 2017

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, January 6, 2017

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Judge halts Praluent sales; clinical-trial data for Diclegis in question; cancer drugs to make up larger portion of total drug spending

The FDA to study whether people can recognize misleading drug ads

The FDA to study whether people can recognize misleading drug ads

The agency has faced questions about how it regulates off-label communications.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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Sanofi sues Novo over Tresiba marketing; the FDA issues two more untitled letters; U.S. health spending rose substantially from 1996 to 2013

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, December 22, 2016

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, December 22, 2016

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Senate report said certain drugmakers act like hedge funds; ViiV to develop HIV prevention drug; lawmakers to replace ACA with "universal access"

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, December 16, 2016

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Friday, December 16, 2016

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Allergan to settle allegations relating to speakers bureaus; Mylan launches generic version of the EpiPen; 20 states sue six drugmakers accused of price-fixing

The FDA issues untitled letters to Sanofi and Celgene over distracting ads

The FDA issues untitled letters to Sanofi and Celgene over distracting ads

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Regulators said the ads distract viewers from superimposed safety information.

The FDA extends deadline for off-label input

The FDA extends deadline for off-label input

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The previous deadline was January 9.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, December 8, 2016

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, December 8, 2016

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A California lawmaker reintroduces drug-pricing bill; France, Poland, Spain, and Sweden lobby to host EMA; drug stocks fall after Trump's comments

Senate passes Cures Act, which opens door to use of real-world evidence

Senate passes Cures Act, which opens door to use of real-world evidence

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The bill now heads to President Obama's desk. He is expected to sign the sweeping piece of legislation.

House passes 21st Century Cures Act that would allow some off-label sharing

House passes 21st Century Cures Act that would allow some off-label sharing

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The bill includes two provisions that would address drugmakers' calls for clarity on sharing off-label information with payers and regulators.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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The CMS spent more on Harvoni than any other drug; Novartis considers selling Alcon; the EMA recommends approval of Lantus biosimilar