Houston: We Have A Problem – Who Decides A Company’s Fate in FDA Enforcement Matters?

May 25, 2007

Our colleague John Fleder has just written an article for FDLI Update that outlines the agencies and offices that get involved in decisions to commence FDA enforcement actions, such as Warning Letters, seizures, injunctions (consent decrees), and criminal prosecutions.  Mr. Fleder, who used be the Director of the office in the Justice Department that represents FDA in court proceedings, sets forth both FDA’s published and unpublished policies on these matters.  We believe that this article is the first published or otherwise public statement that presents an overview of the way that enforcement actions weave their way through the government bureaucracy.  It is a roadmap for companies and their counsel to determine the people they need to speak with to influence decisions to bring or not bring enforcement actions.

Categories: Enforcement