PDMSN - July 17, 2007 Issue

July 17, 2007 | Vol. 1 No. 3

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Pharma Behind in Online Advertising
It seems only yesterday that internet advertising was considered the wave of the future.

Future Bright for Medical Devices in China
China continues to move rapidly toward its long-anticipated position as a world economic power.

FDA’s Preemption Doctrine Under Fire in Vioxx Case
In denying Merck’s motion for summary judgment claiming that two Vioxx product liability cases should be dismissed on federal preemption grounds, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Judge Eldon Fallon dealt a potential blow to pharmaceutical manufacturers that cite the FDA’s preemption doctrine in defense against state failure-to-warn liability lawsuits.

Nevada Requires Marketing Code of Conduct For Pharmaceutical Companies
Nevada has adopted a new law that will require drug and device manufacturers to adopt  marketing codes of conduct to ensure sales practices benefit patients and do not inappropriately influence healthcare professionals.

HHS Projects Target Fraudulent DMEPOS Claims
Some manufacturers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) will have to reapply for participation in Medicare under new HHS projects to combat fraudulent DMEPOS claims.

Abbott Agrees to Cut HIV Drug Price in Brazil
The heat-stable version of the HIV drug Kaletra will now cost roughly 30 percent less in Brazil under an agreement signed by Abbott Laboratories and the country’s minister of health last week.

Senator Working on National Gift Disclosure Registry for Physicians
Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) is working on a bill to create a national registry to disclose gifts physicians receive from the pharmaceutical industry, a spokeswoman said.

Patent Bill Amendment Addresses Post-Grant Review Provision
The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday adopted an amendment that further tightens the language in the post-grant review and damages provisions of the Patent Reform Act of 2007.

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