Alice Tseng
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3067

Alice is a pharmacist, lawyer and patent agent. She specializes in regulatory and marketing matters, particularly in the pharmaceutical (including cannabis), medical device, food and cosmetic industries.

Alice has extensive experience advising regulated clients on advertising and marketing (including social media initiatives, trade disputes, and programs for patients and health-care professionals), reimbursement and pricing (including rebate, interchangeability and procurement issues and agreements with public and private insurers), health-care compliance (including value-adds, corruption issues and interactions with health-care professionals), product safety (including Consumer Product Safety matters), privacy (including personal health information and privacy breaches), anti-spam, grey market goods, access to information/freedom of information, and a myriad of federal regulatory matters (including challenging Health Canada decisions) and provincial regulatory matters (including scope of powers for health-care professionals and insured services).

In addition to traditional pharmaceuticals, Alice's expertise in the pharmaceutical industry encompasses cannabis, biologics (including biosimilars/subsequent entry biologics), controlled drugs and substances, immunotherapy, orphan drugs, vaccines, OTC drugs, natural health products and e-cigarettes.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent representative matters include advising:

Drugs & Medical Devices

  • Various multinational pharmaceutical clients on a variety of patient support programs, including health-care compliance, privacy, insured service, off-label and pricing issues
  • Various multinational pharmaceutical and device clients in disputes or interactions with regulators, including how therapeutic products are classified, product monograph labelling issues, procurement and whether a substance is considered an innovative drug
  • Various multinational pharmaceutical clients in disputes involving competitors, including relating to marketing, advertising, regulatory, health-care compliance and privacy issues

Cannabis

  • Various clients in the cannabis industry, including licensed producers and ancillary businesses, on regulatory matters (including security requirements, pesticides, use of online portals for medical documents, patient registration issues), marketing (including the sale of ancillary products as well as cannabis) and advertising (including use of social media), patient and health-care professional initiatives and programs, health-care compliance (including interactions with physicians and clinics), clinical trials, privacy, anti-spam, antitrust, and consumer complaint, recall and product liability matters

Food, Beverage & Agribusiness

  • Various multinational food manufacturers on a variety of regulatory, labelling, advertising and marketing (including sugar tax and related initiatives impacting the sale of certain food products), privacy, anti-spam, product recall, consumer complaint and access to information issues
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Alice has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the following awards and publications:

  • Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 (Privacy and Data Security Law; Advertising and Marketing Law)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 (Biotechnology)
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law 2016
  • LMG Life Sciences: The Definitive Guide to the Leading Life Sciences Firms and Attorneys in North America 2015 (Life Sciences Star)
  • LMG Life Sciences Awards 2014 (Canadian Regulatory Attorney of the Year; Blakes was also named Canadian Regulatory Firm of the Year)
PUBLICATIONS
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Co-speaker: Panel Discussion - Compliance with the Canadian Cannabis Industry
Networking Signature Event, Women Grow, Toronto, Ontario, April 6, 2017.
Co-speaker: Navigating New Waters in International Supply Chains
GMA 2017 Legal Conference, Grocery Manufacturers Association, San Diego, California, February 27-28, 2017.
Co-speaker: Panel Discussion - Hot Topics in Biosimilars
Legal Issues and Trends for the Life Sciences Industry, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, September 20, 2016.
Speaker: The Latest on CASL Enforcement
Hot-Button Topics in Intellectual Property Law, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, ON, June 8, 2016.
Speaker: Personalized Medicine - The New Frontier
Prescription for Law: The World of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, October 7, 2015.
Co-speaker: Social Media: Advertising and Beyond
Prescription for Law: The World of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, October 7, 2015.
Speaker: Government Transparency Initiatives: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Hot Button Topics in Intellectual Property Law, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, June 3, 2015.
Speaker: Bill C-17
Health Canada Regulatory Reforms Summit, Toronto, June 22, 2015
Speaker: Regulatory Issues in Personalized Medicine
Innovation in Personalized Medicine, 2014 Lex Mundi Intellectual Property & Life Sciences Practice Group Meeting hosted by Blakes, AIPPI, Toronto, September 14, 2014.
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