Expert Analysis

Critical Questions Remain After High Court's Abortion Rulings

The U.S. Supreme Court's decisions in two major abortion-related cases this term largely preserve the status quo f... (more story)

Navigating FDA Supply Rule Leeway For Small Dispensers

As the November compliance deadline for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's new pharmaceutical distribution su... (more story)

1st Gender Care Ban Provides Context For High Court Case

The history of Arkansas' ban on gender-affirming medical care — the first such legislation in the U.S. — provides ... (more story)

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FTC Says Abandoned Novant Deal Moots Lower Court Loss

The Federal Trade Commission is looking to unravel a North Carolina federal judge's order allowing Novant's planned $320 million hospital merger to advance after it subsequently abandoned the deal, telling the... (more story)

Senate Clears Patent Bill Aiming To Lower Drug Prices

The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would pump the brakes on the ability of pharmaceutical companies to steer patients away from generic versions of a drug, a measure that lawmakers said would lower drug costs.

$435M Yale Hospital Merger Case Set For December Jury Trial

A lawsuit claiming that Yale New Haven Health Corp. is trying to back out of a $435 million deal to buy three Connecticut hospitals will go to a bench trial in December after a state court judge approved the p... (more story)

GSK Asks Judge To Rule In Teva IP Case, Citing Opioid Deals

A GlaxoSmithKline lawyer has urged a Delaware federal judge to make up his mind about a nearly $400 million patent case against Teva Pharmaceuticals in light of unrelated "opioid-related cases" that the Israel... (more story)

Drug Pricing, Overreach Dominate IP Disclaimer Feedback

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has received heated feedback regarding its proposal to make follow-on patents easier to invalidate, with drug pricing advocates applauding it, top technology and pharma com... (more story)

Ellenoff-Led SPAC Raises $200M To Pursue Healthcare Merger

SIM Acquisition Corp. I, a special-purpose acquisition company formed to pursue a healthcare merger, began trading Wednesday after pricing a $200 million initial public offering, represented by Ellenoff Grossm... (more story)

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Santa Clara Hospital Can't Fully Shake Online Tracking Suit

A California federal judge has refused to toss a proposed class action accusing Santa Clara Valley Medical Center of unlawfully sharing sensitive data with Meta and Google through online tracking tools embedde... (more story)

Glocal Says UpHealth Coerced Acquisition In Ch. 11 Suit

Indian healthcare network Glocal said its majority owner, bankrupt telemedicine tech company UpHealth, lied about business delays and exaggerated its finances as leverage in a 2020 acquisition, alleging in a D... (more story)

6 Lessons From DOJ's 1st Controlled Drug Case In Telehealth

Following the U.S. Department of Justice’s first-ever criminal prosecution over telehealth-prescribed controlled substances in U.S. v. Ruthia He, healthcare providers should be mindful of the risks associated ... (more story)

After Chevron: Scale Tips Favor Away From HHS Agencies

The loss of Chevron deference may indirectly aid parties in challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' interpretations of regulations and could immediately influence several pending cases ch... (more story)

After Chevron: FDA Regulations In The Crosshairs

The U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of the Chevron doctrine is likely to unleash an array of challenges against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, focusing on areas of potential overreach such as the FDA'... (more story)

Patient Says Health System Shares Data With Meta, Google

Henry Ford Health in Michigan was hit with a proposed class action Friday alleging that it shares patients' private health information with third parties such as Meta and Google by allowing the companies to ha... (more story)

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Panel Says Kansas BCBS Unit Can't Face Rehab Suit In Colo.

A Kansas Blue Cross Blue Shield unit can't be sued in Colorado for terminating the coverage of a patient who was receiving treatment for an autoimmune syndrome, a state appellate panel ruled Thursday.

9th Circ. Signals Dr.'s Vax-Refusal Case Deserves New Chance

Ninth Circuit judges signaled Thursday that they were likely to revive a doctor's case claiming he was wrongfully fired from his Washington State University residency for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination... (more story)

Fed. Circ. Pauses Ouster Of Teva Patents From Orange Book

Teva can keep challenged asthma inhaler device patents listed on, and protected by, an important government database after the Federal Circuit agreed Wednesday to pump the brakes on the patents' delisting whil... (more story)

Opiate MDL Judge Flags Evidence Preservation Shortfall

An Ohio federal judge has said "at least some" of the plaintiff local government entities in four chosen bellwether cases against pharmacy benefit managers for the multidistrict litigation over the opioid epid... (more story)

Hospital Urges 4th Circ. To Back Win In Worker's Vax Bias Suit

A Virginia health system told the Fourth Circuit to let its win stand in a former nurse's lawsuit claiming she was unlawfully fired for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine because of her Christian beliefs, saying th... (more story)

Sens. Say Medical Debt Acute 'Symptom' Of Chronic Issues

A Senate health committee panel said that medical debt is a "symptom" of high costs in the healthcare system in a hearing on Thursday, with lawmakers and federal agencies proposing solutions to stabilize the i... (more story)