Canada has joined the gene patenting debate. Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (“Children’s”) sued the University of Utah Research Foundation, Genzyme Genetics, and Yale University (“Defendants”) in Canada’s Federal Court asserting that 5 patents assigned to Defendants (collectively the “Long QT Patents”) for compositions and methods useful in the diagnosis and/or assessment of Long QT syndrome (“Long QT”) in human patients are invalid and/or unenforceable.
The U.S. House of Representatives filed its threatened lawsuit on Friday, November 21, in the D.C. federal district court. Defendants are the HHS Secretary, HHS, the Treasury Secretary and the Treasury Department.
In recent talks and appearances, representatives of the U.S. Department of Labor have issued a warning about new areas of focus of DOL audits and enforcement actions.
The ACC Health Law Committee is kicking off the “Inside Health Law” series with a recap about the ACC Annual Meeting held last month (October 28-31) in New Orleans.
Last week, a unanimous three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit upheld the religious accommodation to the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) contraceptive coverage mandate (Priests for Life v. HHS, D.C. Cir. No. 13-5368, Nov. 14, 2014). The court held that the accommodation set out by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) is a simple solution that does not impose a burden for purposes of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (“RFRA”).
In honor of National Rural Health Day on November 20, it’s important to recognize the challenges — and opportunities — facing health care providers in delivering the highest quality care to rural populations.
Last week, the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an indictment charging Vascular Solutions Inc. (VSI) and its CEO Howard Root with (1) selling medical devices without the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); and (2) conspiring to defraud the U.S. government by concealing their illegal activities. This case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.
Have you heard about what the latest technology has to offer in the form of a collar for dogs and cats that monitors certain parameters of health?
Pharmacists and Health Professionals Beware: Indiana Court of Appeals Upholds $1.44 Million Jury Verdict Resulting from HIPAA Violation
As previously reported, an Indiana jury awarded $1.44 million to a Walgreens customer based on allegations that the customer’s pharmacist accessed, reviewed and shared the customer’s prescription history with others who then used the information to intimidate and harass the customer.
With all due credit to the Coroner from the Wizard of Oz, like the Wicked Witch of the East crushed by Dorothy’s house, the 340B Drug Discount Program mega-reg is “not only merely dead, it’s really most sincerely dead.”