Covington is the recognized leader in representing clients on FDA and related regulatory matters involving human pharmaceuticals and biological products.  We advise the world’s leading biopharmaceutical manufacturers, emerging companies, and the principal industry trade associations including PhRMA.  We have five actively practicing alumni of the FDA Chief Counsel’s and Commissioner’s office and a deep bench of other lawyers with more than 100 years of combined experience in the field.

Our practice spans all aspects of human pharmaceutical and biologics regulation — from research and development to commercialization and end-of-lifecycle planning.

Our expertise includes:

  • All aspects of clinical trials and good clinical practices, including clinical trial recruitment, informed consent, investigator financial disclosure, investigator misconduct, institutional review board (IRB) and data safety monitoring board (DSMB) issues, clinical research organization (CRO) arrangements, and investigational new drug (IND) requirements.
  • FDA review strategies, including new drug application (NDA) and biologics license application (BLA) requirements, special protocol agreements (SPAs), advisory committee preparation, accelerated approval and priority review pathways, and dispute resolution.
  • Good manufacturing practice (GMP) requirements, including FDA inspections, field alert and biological product deviation reports, recalls, and consent decrees.
  • Drug safety and pharmacovigilance, including risk evaluation and mitigation strategies (REMS), adverse event reporting, labeling changes, and post-approval study requirements.
  • FDA promotion rules and healthcare law compliance, including FDA Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) enforcement, good reprint practices, medical information responses and other medical affairs activities, compliance with the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals, advice on fraud and abuse and the anti-kickback laws, OIG advisory opinions, Sunshine Act compliance, corporate integrity agreement (CIA) implementation, and drug sampling and the Prescription Drug Marketing Act (PDMA).
  • Product lifecycle planning, including Hatch-Waxman.

Representative Matters

  • Counsel to Genentech in its landmark hearing to challenge FDA’s decision to withdraw approval of Avastin for metastatic breast cancer.
  • Advising emerging biotechnology company on use of new GAIN Act and accelerated approval provisions of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) to support approval of novel antibiotic.
  • Representing Genzyme on the consent decree for its Allston Landing manufacturing facility.
  • Internal investigation of potential fraud by scientist in development laboratory.
  • Advising leading pharmaceutical company on regulatory issues concerning post-market safety issues, including advice on FDA reporting, public announcements, and consideration of labeling revisions.
  • Conducting comprehensive promotion and medical affairs compliance audit and risk assessment for multinational pharmaceutical in anticipation of new corporate integrity agreement (CIA).
  • Counseling client on FDA Controlled Substances Staff and DEA consideration of novel therapeutic to support de-scheduling.


  • Law360, Life Sciences Group of the Year (2014, 2013 and 2012)
  • Chambers Global (2015)
    • Life Sciences, Global-wide
    • Life Sciences, Europe-wide
  • Chambers USA (2015)
    • Food & Beverages, Regulatory & Litigation, Nationwide
    • Life Sciences, Nationwide
    • Product Liability & Mass Torts, Nationwide
    • Healthcare, Pharmaceutical/Medical Products Regulatory, DC
    • Life Sciences, CA 
  • Chambers UK (2015)
    • Life Sciences, UK-wide
    • Life Sciences, Regulatory, UK-wide
    • Life Sciences, Transactional, UK-wide
    • Product Liability, Food, UK-wide
    • Product Liability, Mainly Defendant, UK-wide
  • Chambers Asia (2015)
    • Life Sciences (International Firms), China
  • Chambers Europe (2015)
    • Life Sciences, Europe-wide
    • Regulatory, Agro/Food, Europe-wide
    • Regulatory, Life Sciences/Pharma, Europe-wide
  • Legal 500 US (2015)
    • Healthcare – Life Sciences
    • Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense - Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices
  • Legal 500 UK (2014)
    • Technology, media and telecoms - Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
    • Insurance: Product Liability – Defendant
  • Legal 500 EMEA (2015)
    • Belgium: EU Regulatory – Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
    • Belgium - Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • LMG Life Sciences (2014)
    • Life Cycle Firm
    • Highly Recommended: Regulatory, FDA (Pharmaceutical)
    • Highly Recommended: Regulatory, Healthcare, Pricing & Reimbursement
    • Highly Recommended: Finance & Transactional, Corporate
    • Highly Recommended: Finance & Transactional, Licensing & Collaboration (Non-University)
    • Highly Recommended: Finance & Transactional, Mega-Mergers
    • Recommended: Regulatory, FDA (Medical Devices)
  • PLC Cross-border Super League
    • Ranked 1st in the Life Sciences Regulatory Super League (2004-2011)
    • Ranked 1st in the Life Sciences Industry Super League (2005-2010)
  • PLC - Life Sciences, Which Law Firm? (2012)
    • Leading: Life Sciences, England, EU, and USA
    • Leading; Government Enforcement and Investigations, USA
    • Leading: Regulatory, Belgium, England, EU, and USA
    • Highly Recommended: Life Sciences, Belgium
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