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Rutledge vs. PCMA: SCOTUS Greenlights State Regulation of Pharmacy Benefit Manager Drug Reimbursement

On December 10, 2020, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion, held that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) does not preempt an Arkansas law regulating pharmacy benefit manager (“PBM”) reimbursement to pharmacies. The Court’s decision provides a potential avenue for states to increase regulation of PBMs and other service providers that help administer ERISA-regulated group health plans, and therefore holds potential significance for, among others, PBMs, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and employers that sponsor ERISA-regulated group health plans.

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COVID-19 Disruptions of International Clinical Trials: Comparing Guidances Issued by Key European National Regulatory Authorities, the Australian Department of Health, Brazil’s ANVISA, Health Canada and Singapore’s HSA

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the conduct of clinical trials worldwide. Recognizing this impact, national authorities have issued guidance for sponsors, investigators and institutional review boards (IRBs)/research ethics committees (RECs) regarding the conduct of clinical trials. Following up on an earlier alert that was released on April 2, 2020, available here summarizing guidance from FDA, EMA, MHRA and PMDA, the below chart summarizes guidance related to COVID-19 and clinical trials released by additional national regulatory authorities. The chart below summarizes guidance from the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”), the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (“ANSM”), the German Federal Ministry of Health (“BfArM”), the Italian Medicines Agency (“AIFA”), the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (“AEMPS”), Switzerland's Swissmedic and swissethics, the Australian Department of Health, the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (“ANVISA”), Health Canada, and Singapore Health Sciences Authority (“HSA”).

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