Frederick A. Stearns: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

Frederick A. Stearns

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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  • Advertising and Promotion
  • Food & Drug
  • Biotechnology
University Cornell University, B.S., 1988
Law SchoolGeorge Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1993
Admitted1993, Virginia; 1995, District of Columbia

Frederick Stearns joined Keller and Heckman in 1993. His practice involves a wide range of issues affecting manufacturing of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, medical devices, dietary supplements, and cosmetics.

Mr. Stearns helps product manufacturers evaluate the need for marketing approval from FDA, to pursue appropriate clearance when necessary, and address regulatory compliance issues with marketed products (including OTC drug monographs, product labeling and promotion, and current good manufacturing practices). He also works with clients to respond to FDA enforcement activities, navigate the interrelationship of the patent laws and the FDA drug approval process, communicate with Agency officials, and develop innovative strategies to deal with evolving FDA regulatory requirements. In addition, Mr. Stearns has worked with numerous companies to conduct FDA due diligence reviews, both for internal control purposes and as part of product line or corporate acquisitions.

Mr. Stearns is a frequent speaker at conferences on the legal issues involving the regulation of drugs, medical devices, and dietary supplements.


Jul 24, 2015 FDA Announces Supplemental Proposal to the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels

Apr 25, 2014 Vermont Legislature Passes GMO Labeling Bill

Feb 27, 2014 FDA Announces Major Revisions to the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels

Aug 15, 2013 FDA Issues Revised Draft Guidance on Medical Foods

Jun 26, 2012 Form 483s Can be Material Under Federal Securities Law

Mar 05, 2012 FDA Publishes Three New Draft Guidance Documents on Biosimilar Product Development

Nov 29, 2011 FDA Seeks First Injunction Against Dietary Supplement Companies


May 06, 2014 TSCA & FDA Seminar - Indianapolis, IN

Apr 01, 2014 Practical Food Law Seminar - San Francisco, CA - April 1-3, 2014

Feb 21, 2014 Rick Stearns to Present at American Conference Institute (ACI)

Feb 05, 2014 Rick Stearns to Present a Webinar: Understanding FDA's Inspection Authority and Access to Company Records

Nov 22, 2013 Rick Stearns to Present a Webinar: Understanding the Scope of FDA's Inspection Authority and Its Ability to Access Company Records

May 15, 2012 Registration is Closed - How to Manage the Regulatory Hurdles of TSCA and FDA - Indianapolis, IN - May 15-16, 2012

Mar 19, 2012 Registration is closed - March 19-22, 2012- Keller and Heckman's Annual Practical Food Law Program, San Francisco, California


Mar 04, 2015 Rick Stearns to Present at ACI's Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Forum on Cosmetics

Feb 25, 2015 Rick Stearns to Present a Webinar: General Wellness Products - How to Make the FDA's New Policy Work For You

Feb 24, 2015 Rick Stearns to Present at FDLI's Introduction to Food Law and Regulation Conference

Feb 05, 2014 Rick Stearns Presents a Webinar: Understanding FDA's Inspection Authority and Access to Company Records

Oct 30, 2013 Rick Stearns Presents at the American Conference Institute's Second Annual Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Forum

Oct 14, 2013 Rick Stearns Presents at the MedTech Polymers 2013 Conference

Sep 10, 2013 Rick Stearns Speaks at FDLI's Safeguarding the Functional Food and Dietary Ingredient Supply Chain Conference


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FDA Announces Supplemental Proposal to the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels
Alissa D. Jijon,Evangelia C. Pelonis,Frederick A. Stearns, August 11, 2015
Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the availability of a proposal that supplements the March 3, 2014 proposed rule that would revise the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts label requirements. The supplement would require inclusion of the percent daily value (% DV) for added...

FDA-Regulated Industry Litigation Update regarding "Made in the U.S.A." Claims
Melvin S. Drozen,Alissa D. Jijon,Richard F. Mann,Evangelia C. Pelonis,Frederick A. Stearns, April 15, 2015
We look forward to having you join us for our upcoming webinar, “Made in the U.S.A.” Claims: A Marketer's Guide. Relatedly, we are writing with an update on a recent litigation development in the “Made in the U.S.A.” claim arena, particularly as it may have implications for...

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Frederick A. Stearns

Suite 500 West, 1001 G Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20001


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