Judge Owen Lee Kwong, JD, RPH


IMS v Ayotte: NH's Prescription Information Law is constitutional

December 15, 2008

The Federal Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in a 2 to 1 decision held that New Hampshire's Prescription Information Law "that among other things prohibited certain transfer of physicians' prescribing histories for use in detailing" regulates conduct, not speech, thereby removing "the challenged portions of the statute from the proscriptions of the First Amendment."

Conte v Wyeth: Name-brand drug maker accountable for alleged harm caused by generic drug

November 13, 2008

On November 7, 2008, a California Intermediate Appellate Court in San Francisco held that the "common-law duty [of Wyeth] to use due care in formulating its product warnings extends to patients whose doctors foreseeably rely on its product information when prescribing metoclopramide, whether the prescription is written for and/or filled with Reglan or its generic equivalent."