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Kurt R. Karst
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Practice Areas
Prescription Drugs and Biologics
Corporate Transactions

J.D., American University Washington College of Law
B.A., Political Science and German, Marquette University

Bar Admissions
District of Columbia

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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.

Related Experience
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, 2015-2016

Articles / Publications    -    see fewer articles
•  Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Chemical Inventions: World Protection and Exploitation,  April 2011

•  Generic and Innovator Drugs: A Guide to FDA Approval Requirements, Eighth Edition,  May 2013

•  FDA Amendments Act - HPM Issues Detailed Summary and Analysis,  October 2007

•  The Drug User Fee Catch-22,  May 2007

•  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,  June 2006

•  District Court Rules on Simvastatin 180-Day Exclusivity,  May 5, 2006

•  FDA Issues Long-Awaited Prescription Drug Labeling Regulations,  January 26, 2006

•  FDA's Unauthorized User Fee Money Grab,  August 12, 2005

•  FDA Draft Guidance on Exploratory IND Studies,  April 22, 2005

•  FDA Issues Good Review Management Principles and Practices Guidance Document,  April 22, 2005

•  How FDA's New Labeling Rule Could Preempt State Law

•  Comments, Pediatric Testing of Prescription Drugs: The Food and Drug Administration's Carrot and Stick for the Pharmaceutical Industry

Speaking Engagements    -    see more speaking engagements
•  RAPS Regulatory Convergence, Effective Orphan Drug Development in a Challenging Regulatory Environment, September 9-12, 2017
•  DIA 2017 Conference, Drug Pricing: Access Versus Innovation, June 18-22, 2017
•  National Organization for Rare Diseases, Corporate Council Meeting, The ‘Evergreening’ Issues with Orphan Drugs, May 19, 2017
•  Paragraph IV Disputes, Q&A with the FDA on the Final MMA Rule: Understanding the Impact for Hatch-Waxman Practice, April 24-26, 2017
•  Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA Overview (Drugs, Biologics and Biosimilars, March 22-24, 2017

Blog Posts    -    see more blog entries
•  Should Free Speech Protections Include an Exception for Exclusivity-Protected Information?,  June 8, 2017
•  User Fee Reauthorization Moves One Step Closer to Reality with House Committee Passage,  June 8, 2017
•  Adieu, “Orange Book FR Safety or Effectiveness Determinations List”; Hello, “Orange Book Patent Listing Dispute List”,  June 6, 2017
•  Amgen SENSIPAR Pediatric Exclusivity Dispute is Put on Ice While FDA Dispute Resolution Process Proceeds,  June 5, 2017
•  Amgen Sues FDA After Agency Denies Pediatric Exclusivity for SENSIPAR,  May 30, 2017