The European Commission’s New Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe

Nina Schäfer and Jin Ito contributed to this article. On November 25, 2020, the European Commission (the “Commission”) published its “Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe” which outlines the Commission’s multi-year vision for a more patient-centered pharmaceutical system. The strategy aims to achieve various goals through …›

December 14, 2020 - COVID-19, FDA, Pharma, United States

FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 Vaccine

Late last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. The vaccine is manufactured by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE. It consists of two doses taken three weeks apart, and …›

Casting a New Light on Diagnostic Patents: “Methods of Preparation” Patent-Eligible

The ability of life sciences companies to rely on patent protection for diagnostic methods has been eroded over the last ten years, although recent court decisions evidence a rebuilding framework. While courts have consistently invalidated diagnostic methods as lacking patent eligibility, claims re-framed as …›

FDA Uses EUAs Broadly In The Fight Against Covid-19

On February 4, 2020, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) determined, pursuant to section 564 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act, that there is a significant potential for a public health emergency related to the novel …›

CARES Act of 2020: Guide for Drug and Device Companies

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (or “the Act”) is an unprecedented $2 trillion economic stimulus package passed to help mitigate the economic and health consequences caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to strengthen the U.S. health system going forward. …›

FDA’s New Guidance on Use and Distribution of COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests by Laboratories and Commercial Manufacturers

On March 16, 2020, FDA issued its Policy for Diagnostic Tests for Coronavirus Disease-2019 during the Public Health Emergency (the “Guidance”). The purpose of the Guidance is to expedite the availability of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) diagnostic tests in view of the current public health …›