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Drug and Medical Device

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Nelson Mullins
Columbia, SC

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LATEST NEWSLETTER2014 Drug and Medical Device Rx for the Defense Vol 22 Issue 4.pdf

Committee Overview

The Drug and Medical Device Committee is the preeminent organization for attorneys who represent the manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biologics and other products created to provide health benefits to consumers. The Drug and Medical Device Committee is one of DRI's largest committees, and there are endless opportunities to become involved for new practitioners to seasoned attorneys, whether they are in a firm, in-house, or risk management.

Annual Seminar

Our annual seminar, which was held on May 15-16, 2014 in Washington, D.C., was a huge success. The planning committee for the 2015 seminar will go immediately back to work, so we are currently looking for suggestions for potential speakers and topics. If you have an idea, it is best to fully flesh it out in a few paragraphs or bullet points, rather than just giving a general topic idea. Suggestions can be sent to Program Chair Sara Gourley or Program Vice-Chair Gail Rodgers.


Our most recent webinar was held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in conjunction with the Electronic Discovery Committee. The title was Hot Topics: Avoiding Sanctions • Litigation Holds and E-Discovery in 2014. We currently are looking for suggestions for speakers and topics for future webinars.

Rx For The Defense

The Committee newsletter,Rx For The Defense, is published on a quarterly basis. The newsletter is distributed electronically and is available to all members of the Drug and Medical Device Committee. We anticipate an edition of Rx for the Defense to be released shortly. Please e-mail the Committee’s Newsletter Editor, Archie Reeves, if you are interested in contributing to an upcoming edition.

Dedicated Issue of For The Defense

The Committee continues its tradition of coordinating an excellent collection of drug and medical device-related articles for publication in For The Defense. We anticipate a dedicated issue of For the Defense to be published in October 2014. It is not too early to be thinking of possible articles for the 2015 dedicated issue. Please e-mail the Committee’s editor for this issue, Anne Talcott,if you are interested in contributing to an upcoming edition.

In-House Defense Quarterly

In-House Defense Quarterly(IDQ) is a DRI publication that addresses the specific needs of in-house defense counsel and corporate legal executives. Rebecca Gutierrez coordinates our efforts to place articles in this publication. Please contact Rebecca if you are interested.

Litigation Primer

On September 30, 2014, the Committee hosted a Litigation Primer for lawyers who are in their first three years of practice in this area. The Primer was held at Sidley & Austin’s Chicago office. This one-day program brought together many of the most outstanding trial lawyers and in-house counsel in the country to share their experiences with younger lawyers. Topics included the FDA regulatory system, defenses in drug and medical device litigation, medical causation, the law of failure to warn claims and a number of other key topics for the new practitioner.

There are numerous other opportunities to become involved in the Committee. Please contact Jim Rogers or Carter Thompson if you are interested in becoming active in the Committee.