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Grant Castle practices in the areas of life sciences regulatory law, with an emphasis on pharmaceutical and medical device regulation. His advice on general regulatory matters includes: adverse event and other reporting obligations, manufacturing controls, labeling and promotion, and product life cycle management. He has also advised extensively on EC and national laws governing clinical research, data protection, and the regulatory status of borderline products. He has developed considerable expertise in coordinating regulatory projects covering jurisdictions outside of Europe, including Canada, South America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Africa, the Near East, Japan, and Australia. His transactional work includes advice on regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions, licensing, and collaborative arrangements.

Originally published as Covington E-Alert on May 9, 2011

The EU Court of Justice just issued two long awaited rulings on the interpretation of the rules governing advertising of medicines in Europe. They address (i) the requirement that all advertising must comply with the prescribing information (SmPC) for the product and (ii) the distinction between

Originally published as Covington E-Alert on November 10, 2010

The UK government will consult in the coming year on proposals to move the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) towards a value-based system of pricing medicines from 2014. While official details are yet to be published, it is expected that doctors will be given powers to

Article originally published in The Lawyer on October 14, 2010

Despite global economic conditions, deal-making by large pharmaceutical companies has remained relatively buoyant, say Daniel Pavin, Grant Castle and Alexandra Pygall.

Acquisitions in the pharmaceuticals sector are being driven by factors such as the need to replenish shrinking product pipelines, the need to maintain revenues

Article originally published in the In Vitro Diagnostics: The Complete Regulatory Guide (Chapter (8) with permission from FDLI), 2010

I. Introduction

This chapter discusses the European Union (EU) regulation of in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical devices, covering both pre- and postmarket regulatory requirements. In order to understand these rules and the manner in which they

Article originally published in RAJ Devices, September/October 2009

The UK government in 2004 asked Philip Hampton, a leading businessman, to lead a review of regulatory inspection and enforcement across a number of the country’s regulatory agencies. The report of the review, called the Hampton Report, was published in March 2005 and set out an ambitious

Article originally published in the Food and Drug Law Journal (with permission from FDLI), August 2008

I. INTRODUCTION

Pharmacovigilance is a global public health activity that is currently undergoing a considerable amount of regulatory, social and political change. The standards expected by society have been raised following high-profile product withdrawals. Industry, regulatory authorities and consumers are now focusing on a more proactive, risk management based approach to drug safety monitoring. There has been a shift from the formulaic collection, classification and reporting of adverse event reports to a more holistic focus on any information suggesting a change in a product’s risk benefit profile.

There has also been a realization that effective pharmacovigilance must be global. Companies and regulatory authorities must receive and react to information suggesting a change in risk-benefit profile wherever it arises. The past 20 years has therefore seen a steady drive towards global harmonization of safety reporting definitions and standards.
Continue Reading Global Harmonization Is Not All That Global: Divergent Approaches in Drug Safety

Article originally published in EURALex, issue 192, in March 2008

The European Commission has launched a consultation on proposed amendments to strengthen and rationalise the European Community (EC) pharmacovigilance rules and systems established by Directive 2001/83/EC and Regulation (EC) No 726/2004. Comments were sought from stakeholders by 1 February 2008. Grant Castle and Robin Blaney