Kurt R. Karst
Kurt R. Karst provides regulatory counsel to pharmaceutical manufacturers on Hatch-Waxman patent and exclusivity, drug development, pediatric testing, and orphan drugs. He helps clients develop strategies for product lifecycle management, obtaining approval, managing post-marketing issues, and defining periods of exclusivity. As the co-founder and primary author of Hyman, Phelps & McNamara's FDA Law Blog, Mr. Karst often leads the response to new rules and regulations, sharing his interpretation with the broader legal community.
Mr. Karst's knowledge of FDA precedents and timely analysis of developments helps clarify and shape the industry's understanding of Hatch-Waxman, in particular. He is a prolific writer, contributing to the blog and publishing articles in major legal journals. Mr. Karst has co-authored and contributed to several text books, including Generic and Innovator Drugs: A Guide to FDA Approval Requirements; Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, and Chemical Inventions; Fundamentals of US Regulatory Affairs; and FDLI's Drug and Biologic Approvals: The Complete Guide for Small Businesses-FDA Financial Assistance and Incentives.
Mr. Karst clerked for Hyman Phelps & McNamara while attending law school and served as articles editor for the American University Law Review. Before joining the firm, Mr. Karst lobbied for F. Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. In 1995, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for post-graduate studies in Germany.
Prescription Drugs and Biologics
• Counsels clients on Hatch-Waxman patent and exclusivity matters.
• Develops strategies around exclusivity status and Orange Book Patent Listings.
• Obtains approvals for INDs, NDAs, and ANDAs.
• Helps clients obtain orphan drug designations as part of a broader product strategy.
• Advises clients on PDUFA and GAIN.
• Provides counsel on REMS.
OTC Drugs and Cosmetics
• Helps clients market OTC drugs.
• Advises clients on marketing and unapproved drug enforcement issues.
Awards & Recognition
• Who's Who Legal Directory, Life Sciences, Regulatory Section, 2015
• Who's Who Legal Directory, Life Sciences, Patent Litigation Section, 2015
Articles / Publications
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FDA Amendments Act - HPM Issues Detailed Summary and Analysis,
FDA Announces Proposed Regulations to Overhaul and Expand the Availability of Experimental Drugs and to Clarify Permissible Charges to Patients,
December 12, 2006
Rep. Waxman and Sens. Schumer and Clinton Introduce Biogenerics Bill,
September 29, 2006
FDA's Final Compliance Policy Guide for Marketed Unapproved Drugs ─ Is Agency Enforcement at a Crossroads, or Stuck in a Traffic Circle?,
August 11, 2006
New Law Reins in "Authorized Generics" Despite Generic Industry Court Losses, But Leaves Several Ambiguities,
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FDA Boot Camp , September 30 - October 1, 2015
Kurt Karst is speaking on the "Hatch Waxman and BPCIA Overview" on March 11, 2015
Drug Information Association: Annual Meeting, June 14-18, 2015
6/17 Panel Member: “Does Bioequivalent Always Mean Therapeutically Equivalent? Impact of FDA’s Proposed Rule on Generic Labeling”]
RDD Europe 2015, May 5-8, 2015
FDA's Orange Book and ANDA's: Questioning the Policies and Precedents Surrounding RLD Patent Listings.
Paragraph IV Disputes, April 27-29, 2015
FDA Update: Survey of Agency Activity Impacting Paragraph IV Litigation
U.S. Biosimilars Conference, April 20-21, 2015
US Federal Trade Commission and State Law Updates: Understanding teh Controversy Surrounding Competition, Substitution, and Naming int eh Biosimilars Arena
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In Case You Missed It . . . . We Did! Prometheus Takes Action Against FDA Over Generic LOTRONEX Approval and REMS Waiver, and Then Promptly Drops Case,
June 24, 2015
Chipping Away at FOIA Exemptions: The Next Step in FDA’s Campaign to Release Complete Response Letters for Unapproved Drugs,
June 22, 2015
District Court Rules for FDA in Battle Over the Scope of 3-Year Exclusivity in the Context of Dueling Tacrolimus NDAs,
June 17, 2015
Should Non-Patent Exclusivity be Conditioned on Launch Price? One Scholar Puts Forth “A Modest Proposal”,
June 15, 2015
How Often Are Drugs Withdrawn For Safety or Effectiveness Reasons (and How Many)? Not Too Often in Recent Years, But There is a Tranche of Withdrawals,
June 14, 2015