Monthly Archives: August 2012

Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Consumers, and Congressional Democrats and Republicans AGREE to Increase, Expand and Extend the FDA User Fee Program

Posted by William P. Conaboy Jr. on August 15, 2012
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President Obama recently signed a bipartisan bill that authorizes Food and Drug Administration (“FDA” or “Agency”) user fees for five more years and establishes new user fees for the FDA’s review of generic drugs and biosimilar products.[1]  The bill reauthorizes the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (“PDUFA” or the “Act”), a law originally passed by Congress in 1992.  PDUFA permits the FDA to collect user fees from drug manufacturers to fund, among other FDA endeavors, new drug and medical device approval.  The most recent reauthorization of the bipartisan bill, which increases the amount of money drug and device manufacturers must pay the FDA to review a new drug or device application, has gained the support of both Congress and the pharmaceutical industry.

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William P. Conaboy Jr.

Bill Conaboy is an associate in the firm’s Healthcare Law Group. Prior to working with the firm Bill earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm D), and is currently a licensed pharmacist and attorney in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Bill focuses on regulatory and litigation matters related to many areas of healthcare law.

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Health Care Providers’ Use of Groupon Stirs Up Controversy

Posted by Judy Mayer on August 01, 2012
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Every day Groupon, Living Social, Buy With Me, and a host of other social coupon websites flood  the inboxes of millions of consumers with daily deals.  These websites offer discounts on a variety of products and services, and are extremely popular among restaurants and businesses for their ability to bring in new customers and generate revenue. 

 But what if the deal is for a dental exam, laser vein removal, or Botox® treatments?  The general public probably doesn’t care about the ramifications of using social coupons for health care services, because, let’s face it, everyone likes a great deal.  Health care providers, however, definitely should. 

 Why?  Because, depending on the nature of the daily deal, a health care provider who offers a discount through these types of social coupon websites could be violating federal and/or state laws. Continue reading…

Judy Mayer

Judy Mayer is an associate in the firm’s Health Law Group. Judy handles a variety of transactional, regulatory and litigation matters, including advising health care providers. She also holds an MBA from Villanova University.

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