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File-wrapper admissibility and other changes to the Patent Act are coming: what’s new for pharmaceutical patentees in Bill C-86

The federal government’s recent omnibus budget bill, Bill C-86 tabled October 29th, 2018, proposes significant changes to Canada’s IP laws. Division 7 of the Bill is intended to implement many aspects of the government’s IP strategy, announced in April 2018. The Bill targets the Patent Act, the Trade-marks Act, and Copyright Act; provides for a … Continue reading

Abbreviated New Drug Submissions will be posted on the Submissions Under Review List and other pre-market transparency initiatives

Health Canada recently published a notice outlining its phase III pre-market transparency initiatives for prescription drugs. Beginning October 1, 2018, Health Canada will publish a new list of abbreviated new drug submissions (ANDSs) on the Submissions Under Review (SUR) List, as well as publish Regulatory Decision Summaries (RDSs) for ANDSs, supplemental abbreviated new drug submissions … Continue reading

Federal Court of Appeal upholds Health Canada’s requirement for additional information on testing data integrity

The Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) has dismissed Apotex’s appeal arising from its application to end Health Canada’s requirement for additional information establishing the integrity of data from Indian drug manufacturing facilities. The FCA found that the Federal Court (FC) properly considered the evidence and that it did not err in finding that the decision … Continue reading

Health Canada Releases Updated Guidance on Amended PM(NOC) Regulations

As we reported, Canada implemented sweeping amendments to the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations on September 21, 2017. Health Canada has now issued an updated guidance document on the administration of the Regulations in light of these amendments. The update also reflects administrative practices. The guidance document is effective as of May 11, 2018 … Continue reading

Pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA) releases draft brand process guidelines

On June 13, 2018, the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA) released its draft Brand Process Guidelines (Guidelines) for stakeholder feedback. As part of the consultation process, pCPA is planning a webinar for innovative manufacturers on June 22, 2018. The pCPA also released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, and a Letter of Intent (LOI) template with … Continue reading

Ontario delays implementation of regulations under the Health Sector Payment Transparency Act

Although there has been no public announcement, we understand that the Ontario government has indicated it will not be proceeding with the final approval of regulations developed under the Health Sector Payment Transparency Act (“HSPTA”) before the upcoming election.  Rather, these regulations will be revisited in the fall of 2018. As we reported, Ontario passed … Continue reading

CADTH releases updated guidelines for biosimilars

The CADTH Common Drug Review Procedure and Submission Guidelines for Biosimilars (Non-Cancer) and the CADTH pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review Submission Guidelines for Biosimilars (Cancer) provide an overview of the Common Drug Review procedures and guidance to applicants for biosimilar submissions. The new guidelines are effective as of February 13, 2018. CADTH reports the following key … Continue reading

Health Canada to advance self-care products framework under existing regulations

As we reported, Health Canada is proposing to change the way it regulates non-prescription drugs, natural health products and cosmetics, which will now be referred to collectively as “self-care products.” Under the new proposed regime, a product will be regulated by Health Canada based on the risk posed to consumers. Products will be classified as … Continue reading

Ontario Health Sector Payment Transparency Act, 2017 – Draft Regulation Published for Consultation

As we reported, Ontario passed the Health Sector Payment Transparency Act, 2017 (Bill 160) in December 2017, which will require those defined as “payors” – such as pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors – to disclose financial relationships with healthcare professionals and organizations to the government. On February 21, 2018, the Ontario Government … Continue reading

Ontario legislation requiring disclosure of payments to physicians receives Royal Assent

On December 12, 2017, Bill 160 passed third reading and received Royal Assent.  Included in Bill 160 is the Health Sector Payment Transparency Act (the “Act”). This Act will come into force at a later date to be determined by the government. The stated purpose of the Act is to require the reporting of information … Continue reading

PAAB Announces New Code of Advertising Acceptance

The Pharmaceutical Advertising Advisory Board (PAAB) has announced an updated Code of Advertising Acceptance (Code).  The new Code will be implemented beginning on January 1, 2018. The primary change is to the Code’s format.  It will only be available online and will allow keyword searching and filtering code provisions by core principle.  Other changes include … Continue reading

Federal Court upholds cancellation of reconsideration of Apotex’s ANDS for Apo-omeprazole

The Federal Court dismissed Apotex’s application for judicial review of the Minister of Health’s withdrawal of a notice of compliance (NOC) granted to Apotex Inc. for Apo-omeprazole. Health Canada withdrew the NOC because Apotex had not demonstrated bioequivalence. Health Canada also rejected Apotex’s request for reconsideration. The court found Apotex did not have legitimate expectations … Continue reading

Ontario health sector disclosure legislation referred to committee

As we reported, Ontario has introduced legislation that will require pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to disclose financial relationships with healthcare professionals and organizations to the government. The legislation has passed second reading and has been referred to committee.  The Standing Committee on General Government will hold public hearings on November 15, 16, 20, and … Continue reading

Ontario introduces legislation requiring disclosure of payments to physicians

Following a consultation, legislation was introduced in the Ontario Legislature on September 27, 2017 that will require pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to disclose financial relationships to healthcare professionals and organizations. The Health Sector Payment Transparency Act is one of several acts introduced by Bill 160. It will require manufacturers to periodically disclose details about … Continue reading

Ontario considers requiring disclosure of drug company payments to healthcare providers

The Government of Ontario has announced it is consulting with patients, healthcare providers, and the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries about current regulations and guidelines that govern the disclosure of payments from the private sector to healthcare professionals. Although some innovative pharmaceutical companies already voluntarily disclose payments to healthcare providers, Ontario is assessing what additional … Continue reading

FCA upholds Gilead victory invalidating Idenix patent relating to anti-HCV compounds

In a brief decision, the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed Idenix’s appeal of a Federal Court decision which found that a patent owned by Idenix and purporting to claim anti-HCV compounds was invalid for: (i) failing to sufficiently disclose a synthetic method by which the claimed compounds could be made; and (ii) for lack of … Continue reading

Mid-year roundup – 2017

Hard to believe, but we are halfway through 2017 already! It has been a busy six months, with major developments, including Canada preparing to implement CETA and the Supreme Court of Canada abolishing the “Promise Doctrine.” Below, Pharma in Brief has compiled the top headlines so far this year. The Big Three: Utility and the … Continue reading

Sections of Vanessa’s Law regulating drugs for urgent public health need come into force

On July 12, 2017, section 5 and subsections 6(3) and 6(4) of the Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa’s Law) came into force. These sections amend the Food and Drugs Act to require healthcare institutions to report serious adverse drug reactions and permit the Governor in Council to make regulations that specify what this … Continue reading

“Promise Doctrine” rejected as a basis for invalidating patents for lack of utility in landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling

The “Promise Doctrine” has been conclusively rejected by Canada’s highest court as a basis for invalidating a Canadian patent. In a judgment that reverses years of jurisprudence in the lower courts, the Supreme Court of Canada today held that the level of utility required of a Canadian patent must not be measured by statements in … Continue reading

CETA tracker: CETA Bill C-30 receives royal assent to implement pharmaceutical patent reform

It’s official – the Canadian government has approved the changes to Canada’s pharmaceutical patent regime. On May 16, 2017, Bill C-30 (the act intended to implement CETA into Canadian law) received royal assent, the final stage of the legislative process. Treaty/Act:        CETA/Bill C-30 (An Act to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada … Continue reading

Proposed regulations published on additional elements of Vanessa’s Law

On April 22, 2017, the Government of Canada published draft regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations (Vanessa’s Law) that provide details regarding the minister of health’s powers to require tests, assessments and studies of a drug post-market authorization. The draft regulations also set out additional reporting requirements for manufacturers based on the actions of … Continue reading

CETA tracker: patent term restoration is coming soon to Canada – what you need to know now

Treaty/Act: CETA/Bill C-30 (An Act to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union and its Member States and to provide for certain other measures) With Canada moving closer towards implementing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), major reforms to Canada’s Patent Act are coming soon, including the availability … Continue reading

Supreme Court dismisses leave to appeal regarding test for obviousness-type double patenting in tadalafil s.6 case

Case: Apotex Inc v Eli Lilly Canada Inc, et al (SCC Docket 37368) Drug: CIALIS® (tadalafil) Nature of case: Application for leave to appeal decision upholding prohibition order granted pursuant to section 6 of the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations, SOR/93-133 (the Regulations) Successful party: Eli Lilly Canada Inc. and ICOS Corporation (collectively Eli Lilly) Date of decision: April … Continue reading

Health Canada proposes regulations allowing importation of drugs not yet available in Canada for an urgent public health need

Health Canada has proposed regulations that will amend the Food and Drug Regulations to allow for importation of drugs that have not yet received regulatory approval from Health Canada. The new regulations will provide access to drugs that address an urgent public health need provided they have been approved in the United States, the European … Continue reading
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