The fourth edition of The Life Sciences Law Review provides an overview of legal issues of interest to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies in more than 30 jurisdictions. As before, each chapter contains information on legal requirements relating to the key stages in the life cycle of a regulated product, from discovery, through the clinical development process, registration, manufacturing and promotion, plus other issues of special interest, such as pricing and reimbursement, special liability regimes, competition and commercial transactions in the context of the medical products business. Each of the chapters has been prepared by a recognised expert in the relevant jurisdiction, and the resulting work product will assist industry lawyers, regulatory affairs staff and others who need to have an understanding of the issues in each major market.
There is also a chapter on international harmonisation, which plays an increasingly important role in the regulation of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. In particular, the guidelines adopted by the International Conference on Harmonisation have been incorporated into the national requirements for pharmaceuticals in the European Union, United States, Japan and most other developed countries, and are increasingly influential in developing countries.
Richard Kingham is a partner in the firm of Covington & Burling LLP, where he serves as co-head of the life sciences industry group and the industry, regulatory and legislative practice group. He previously served as the managing partner of the firm’s London office and as a member of the firm-wide management committee. Since joining the firm in 1973, he has concentrated on regulation of pharmaceuticals and related products. He has acted for most of the major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the United States and Europe, as well as the principal trade associations of the pharmaceutical industry. He has served on committees of the World Health Organization, the Center for Global Development, the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences and the National Institutes of Health. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, and he has lectured at the University of Virginia School of Law and the graduate programme in pharmaceutical medicine at Cardiff University. He received his law degree in 1973 from the University of Virginia, where he served as articles editor of the law review and was elected to the Order of the Coif (the law school honour society).
The publisher acknowledges and thanks the following for their learned assistance throughout the preparation of this book: