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FDA Inspires Modifications and Quick Authorizations for Ventilators

As the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. grows, the potential shortage of ventilators has become an increasing concern. This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took two important steps to keep medical facilities equipped with life-saving ventilators. Ventilator Modification Enforcement Policy On …›

March 27, 2020 - Class Action

Ninth Circuit Provides Guidance on Pre-certification Discovery

Earlier this year, the Ninth Circuit held that plaintiffs cannot avail themselves of liberal discovery rules in order to locate class representatives. The court found that Rule 26(b)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which governs the discovery process, does not authorize discovery …›

FDA Warns Against At-Home COVID-19 Testing Kits

A number of startups announced they would begin selling at-home COVID-19 testing kits this week. These startups included:  Carbon Health, a tech-enabled healthcare network that combines virtual and in-person care, Everlywell, a company that offers food sensitivity and various other home health tests, and …›

Steering Ahead: NHTSA Looks to Modernize Rules for Automated Driving Systems

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) steered into a new direction that may accelerate the development of self-driving technologies. The DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), in an effort to modernize Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (“FMVSS”), issued a notice of …›

FDA Calls “All Hands on Deck” to Keep Hand Sanitizer Stocked

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took yet another step to encourage production of basic medical supplies in the battle against COVID-19. On Friday, March 20, FDA published two new guidance documents communicating its policy on the manufacture of certain alcohol-based …›

PREP Act Declaration Emboldens Drug and Device Industry to Innovate in the Face of a Growing Crisis

COVID-19 is, quite literally, putting the medical supply industry to the test. Manufacturers are being pushed to develop novel products like therapies and vaccines to combat the disease as quickly as possible. The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act encourages drug and medical …›

FDA and FTC Send Warning Letters to Companies Marketing Products to Treat Coronavirus; State Attorneys General Follow Suit

The rapid spread of coronavirus has spawned prolific marketing claims that any number of products can treat or prevent coronavirus. It comes as no surprise then that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued their first round of …›

March 5, 2020 - CPSC

Is This Seat Open? Nancy Beck Tapped to Chair CPSC

This week, President Trump announced that he intends to nominate Nancy Beck as Chair and Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The five-person CPSC has been short a member since the end of September 2019, when former Acting Chair Ann Marie Buerkle stepped …›