Practices  |  Food, Drug, and Medical Device Law

Administrative Advocacy and Litigation

Overview

In the vast majority of situations, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated companies are best served by pursuing carefully developed strategies to work within the framework of FDA policies and decisions in order to achieve the company’s business goals. Facilitating that approach is a hallmark of our firm’s Food, Drug, and Medical Device Law Practice. However, given the massive scope of the FDA’s regulatory authority and the breadth of its discretionary powers, the potential for arbitrary or unlawful actions by the FDA is ever-present, and companies do sometimes find themselves in intractable disputes with the agency. In such cases, litigation against the FDA may be the best, or even the only, option.

Wiley Rein and its FDA attorneys have a long history of successful advocacy challenging FDA regulations, policies, and specific administrative decisions. The first stage of such advocacy often involves the use of the citizen petition process, or other formal communications with the agency. Where the agency refuses to alter its objectionable position, or takes final adverse action against a client, the Administrative Procedure Act allows an aggrieved party to seek judicial review of the matter, and the courts must overturn or set aside FDA action that is arbitrary, capricious, and otherwise contrary to law.

We have achieved successful results for clients in numerous petition proceedings, confidential advocacy, and administrative lawsuits, and in many cases our efforts have led to new or revised legal interpretations of the underlying statutory and regulatory provisions.

We have been retained to mount major court challenges requiring innovative approaches to FDA interpretations of its statutory authority.