Health Canada disclosing more information on pending generic drug submissions

On February 23, 2024, Health Canada published a Notice advising that it was making its review process for generic drug submissions more transparent.  Specifically, for generic drug submissions accepted into review on or after April 1, 2024, Health Canada will start disclosing: (i) the year and month that the submission was accepted for review; and … Continue reading

Drug pricing: PMPRB releases “What We Learned” Report on guidelines consultation

The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB or Board) has released a “What We Learned” Report (the Report), marking the next step along the path to new Guidelines. The Report was prepared by Phoenix Strategic Perspectives Inc., which was commissioned to facilitate consultation with stakeholders and report on the presentations and discussions. Overview As we … Continue reading

Federal Court finds trademark confusion between the names of two approved biologics

The Federal Court (FC) has found the brand name of a biologic drug to be confusingly similar to the brand name of a drug used to treat the same disorder, but with a different active ingredient. The application of the ordinary test for trademark confusion was not affected by the fact that the names of … Continue reading

Dormant drug status can trigger generic access to an alternate Canadian Reference Product

On January 26, 2024, Health Canada published a Notice concerning its application of the definition of Canadian Reference Product (CRP) in the Food and Drug Regulations (Regulations). The Notice advises that if an innovative drug is categorized as “Dormant” in Health Canada’s Drug Product Database, then a generic manufacturer can compare its drug against an … Continue reading

Federal Court of Appeal clarifies scope of implied licence on sale of patented medicine

The Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) has held that the sale of a single dose of a patented multi-dose regimen does not provide an implied license to use the entire patented dosing regimen. As a result, it is possible to infringe a dosing regimen patent by combining a first dose sourced from the patentee with … Continue reading

Federal Court of Appeal Decides Case Splitting through NOAs is an Abuse of Process

The Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) held that it is abuse of process for a generic or biosimilar manufacturer to split its case across multiple notices of allegation (NOAs) under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations (Regulations). Reversing the Federal Court (FC), the FCA found that the generic or biosimilar manufacturer should raise all … Continue reading

Federal Court upholds PMPRB jurisdiction based on “clinical similarities”

The Federal Court (FC) has refused to overturn a decision of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB or Board) that found that a patent can pertain to a medicine based on “clinical similarities” to the invention—even if the patent does not actually encompass the medicine. The FC concluded that the Board’s decision was reasonable. Background This case … Continue reading

Pharma in Brief’s 2023 Year in Review and Trends for 2024

As you start the new year, allow us to recap 2023’s important legal and regulatory developments for Canadian pharma. We also flag what to watch out for in 2024.  The most significant legal development in 2023 was the introduction of a system of patent term adjustment (PTA). On the regulatory front, seemingly all of Canada’s … Continue reading

Federal Court Notice on Use of Artificial Intelligence in Court Proceedings

On December 20, 2023, the Federal Court (Court) published a notice on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in proceedings (Notice) and interim principles and guidelines on the Court’s own use of AI (Policy). Notice mandates AI Declaration from litigants Declaration requirement. The Court now expects parties to proceedings before the Court to inform it, … Continue reading

Florida approved to import Canadian prescription drugs

On January 5, 2024, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Florida’s proposal to import prescription drugs from Canada. This is the first approval of a Section 804 Importation Program (SIP) by the FDA. Whether Florida is able to import drugs from Canada, including in light of Canadian regulations controlling drug exports, remains to … Continue reading