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House Passes Bill Relaxing Reporting Requirements

by Knobbe Martens on

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017. This bill seeks to change the requirement for companies to report medical device malfunctions to the FDA. Previously, companies had to...more

Senate Passes Long-Awaited FDA User Fee Package

Following nearly two years of negotiations and hearings examining the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA) and the Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA), the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) and the Medical Device User...more

Manatt on Health: August 2017

Next Steps on Healthcare Reform - Though President Trump has continued to call for action on repeal and replace in the wake of the Senate’s failed vote at the end of July, congressional Republicans have been fairly muted...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 20

by Clark Hill PLC on

McConnell Sets Next Senate Vote for Sept. 5 (The Washington Post). House Set to Bundle 8 Leftover Spending Bills in September: Republicans are set to tackle remaining appropriations bills after returning from August recess,...more

August 2017 Is Here – Will FDARA Get Done Soon?

It has been some time since we provided a detailed update on the status of FDA’s user fee legislation making its way through Congress, so that’s what is on tap for today. The House passed the lengthy FDA Reauthorization Act...more

Baker Administration and Legislature Debate Range of Health Care Proposals

Massachusetts policymakers are currently engaged in a robust debate over several proposals aimed at lowering health care costs in the Commonwealth. The House of Representatives rejected a set of MassHealth reforms that the...more

House Advances Bipartisan FDA User Fee Agreements; Senate Faces Narrow Timeline to Act

by Baker Donelson on

On July 12, the House passed a five-year reauthorization of four different user fee agreements that account for over a quarter of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) overall funding. The legislation, titled "The Food and...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump face a series of key questions about how or whether to fortify the Affordable Care Act – particularly in the law’s beleaguered individual exchanges – after the Senate last...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 19

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Passes Spending Bill That Includes Over $1 Billion in Border-Wall Funding: The House passed a $788 billion spending bill that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall...more

Trump Administration Policy Statement Calls for FDA Premarketing Activities to be Funded Entirely by Industry Fees

by Knobbe Martens on

The Trump White House released a Statement of Administration Policy on Wednesday in response to the House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 2430, a bill that would reauthorize the use of four FDA user fee programs: the...more

Don’t give medical device makers more time before disclosing product woes

Pro-business and anti-consumer lawmakers in Congress are racing to slacken rules for medical device makers to report problems with their products. This move may imperil more patients, many of whom already have been harmed...more

Six Questions and Answers About CMS’ Recommended Changes to 340B Medicare Reimbursement

In March, I posted about the Uncertain Future of the 340B Drug Discount Program.  When opining about What Could Happen Next I speculated about possible changes to government reimbursement for 340B drugs “so that government...more

Is Telemedicine Change Coming to Congress? The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017 Among Several New Federal Bills

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Congress is reconsidering a nationwide telehealth coverage bill, named the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017, designed to introduce an incremental, though significant, expansion of coverage for telehealth services under...more

Giving Telemedicine More Room to Breathe: Recent and Pending State and Federal Actions in the World of Online Prescribing

On October 18, 2008, the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008 (the “Haight Act”) came into law as the federal government’s first attempt to address the public health risks associated with online...more

Connecticut Enacts Legislation Intended to Curb Opioid Drug Abuse

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On June 30, 2017, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law An Act Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion and Abuse (Public Act No. 17-131). This legislation addresses opioid drug abuse in Connecticut by...more

Connecticut Enacts Legislation Intended to Curb Opioid Drug Abuse

On June 30, 2017, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law An Act Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion and Abuse (Public Act No. 17-131). This legislation addresses opioid drug abuse in Connecticut by...more

New UK Brexit Health Alliance Formed

by Hogan Lovells on

A “Brexit Health Alliance” (BHA) has been formed to bring together a diverse range of UK stakeholders in the healthcare industry and provide a single voice for the sector on Brexit-related issues. Members of the BHA include...more

FDA Stays in the Spotlight with Drug Pricing Moves, but Could Be Facing Risk as UFA Bill Loses Attention

It appears that – at least for now – the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is serving as the public face of the executive branch’s efforts to tackle the increasingly contentious debate about prescription drug prices. As...more

Senators Urge the Administration to Certify Imports of Prescription Drugs from Canada, Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Update,...

by Jones Day on

On May 15, 2017, Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA), John McCain (R-AZ), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget ("OMB") Director Mick Mulvaney prompting him to work with the Department of...more

Drug Makers Not Off the Hook as States Continue to Take Action to Control Drug Prices

Earlier this month, two states – Maryland and Nevada – passed legislation aimed at controlling drug prices. The two laws are being touted by proponents as decisive action against pharmaceutical manufacturers. Opponents note...more

Electric boogaloo: FDA releases sequel to 2003 guidance on use of electronic records and electronic signatures in clinical...

by Hogan Lovells on

On 21 June 2017, FDA announced the availability of a new draft guidance titled "Use of Electronic Records and Electronic Signatures in Clinical Investigations Under Part 11 — Questions and Answers." The draft guidance is...more

Round Two: Significant Telehealth Expansion Re-Proposed in Bipartisan Senate Bill

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On May 3, 2017, the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies for Health Act of 2017 (S. 1016) (CONNECT Act of 2017) was reintroduced by the same six senators who had initially introduced the...more

Why do drug prices soar? Blame PBJs, PBMs, weak regulators, and CME

What do PBJs, PBM “black boxes,” industry friendly advisory panels, and CME (aka doctor training programs) all share in common? They’re blamed for contributing to Big Pharma’s skyrocketing prices—and it’s worth diving into...more

Congressional Committees Advance Bipartisan FDA User Fee Agreements

by Baker Donelson on

On May 11 and June 7, the Senate HELP Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee, respectively, both advanced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize four different user fee agreements that account for over a quarter of...more

New York Times Obtains Copy of Draft Executive Order on Drug Prices; FDA Blogs that it is Working to Lift Barriers to Generic Drug...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On June 20, 2017, the New York Times reported that it had obtained a draft proposal of President Trump’s Executive Order on drug prices. The draft Executive Order, which has not been published, has been characterized as...more

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