Pitt Law Students Participate in 2013 Health Law Regulatory and Compliance Competition

Three third-year students in the Health Law Certificate Program—Bryan Murray, Schevon Salmon, and Brett Anthony—participated in the 2013 Health Law Regulatory and Compliance Competition at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law on February 16. Although it did not place in the top three, the Pitt Law team performed well and was commended for its knowledge and understanding of legal issues, as well as for its professionalism and practical skills.

This year’s problem challenged the students to address issues that included off-label marketing, advertising, and promotion; compliance with the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act and FDA regulations and guidance; FDA application and regulatory approval requirements for drugs, medical devices, and dietary supplements; enforcement and negotiation of Corporate Integrity Agreements with the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); and kickbacks and other potentially improper arrangements between life science companies and hospitals, private practices, and academic medical centers.

The competition judges included the president of Bayer HealthCare LLC; director of the FDA’s Division of Compliance Policy; senior counsel of the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, HHS; and a member of Arnold & Porter’s Healthcare Practice Group.

The team was coached by Adjunct Professor C. Allen Black and Jessica Ellel,’02, senior attorney at Houston Harbaugh PC.