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As drug prices skyrocket, senators rip an ex-Big Pharma CEO

Prescription drug prices continue to soar, prompting hearings on Capitol Hill, and leading a columnist to suggest nifty ways how Big Pharma could better educate consumers about medications, especially since many seniors may...more

Thoughts on Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation, Despite Inaction by Congress

Last week, as part of my work with the American Bar Association, I had the opportunity to meet with all of Connecticut’s Representatives and Senators in Washington, D.C. Most were available in person, while I met with senior...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Beneath the Hype: Why Developers & Entrepreneurs Should Be Excited About the Rise of Chat Bots - Last week we featured autonomous hardware as a growth area...more

Congressional Health Policy Hearings - April 2016

The Senate Special Committee on Aging recently held a hearing on the status of efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and the panel plans an April 27, 2016 hearing to examine prescription drug price increases....more

Senate HELP Committee Convenes Third and Final Cures Markup

On April 6, 2016 the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) will hold its third and final markup for its biomedical innovations package. This package is a compliment to the House-passed 21st Century...more

Medical Device Manufacturer’s Association Comments on Senate Hearing

The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship held a meeting titled “An Examination of Changes to the U.S. Patent System and Impacts on America’s Small Businesses” on February 25, 2016. ...more

Denial by Jerry Jones: Link between CTE and Professional Football

An all too familiar campaign of denial. It seems like every week a different retired football player from the National Football League publically reveals their private struggles with post-football related health issues,...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 6 - March 2016 (Global)

DLA Piper was proud to be a sponsor of last week’s Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Compliance and Legal Society Annual Seminar in Orlando. The seminar brought together nearly 2,000 lawyers,...more

Did NFL adopt Big Tobacco’s smokescreen ploy to deny concussion harms?

The National Football League may have taken a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook, and played fast and loose with data used in “scientific studies” to downplay players’ risks from concussions, a New York Times investigation...more

What you need to know about retained rights in federally funded patented drugs

The issue of drug pricing is top of mind - More than 50 members of Congress, led by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Matthews Burwell and to National Institutes of...more

Congressional Health Policy Hearings - March 2016

Congressional committees have held hearings recently on various health policy issues, including: - ..Energy and Commerce Committee hearings on CMS implementation of the Medicare physician fee schedule reform provisions...more

Google Asks Congress For Self-Driving Car Help

As reported almost everywhere, on Tuesday, March 15, Google told a Senate Hearing that Congress should pass legislation regulating self-driving cars. Google, through Chris Urmson (Director, Self-Driving Cars), explained that...more

Labor Secretary Testifies Before House Committee but Stays Silent on Overtime Proposal

In testimony before the House Education and Workforce Committee on Tuesday, March 16, 2016, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez commented about several regulatory priorities and other U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)...more

DOL Delivers Final Overtime Regulation Revisions to OIRA Ahead of Schedule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division just delivered its proposed final revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) Part 541 overtime regulations to the Office of Information and Regulatory...more

Congressional Hearing Examines Free Speech and Tax Constraints on Campus Political Activity

Campuses across the country are wrestling with how free speech, tolerance, diversity and politics mix in a higher education environment. Recently, the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee examined the...more

CFPB Still Pushing to Regulate Payday Lenders

Last month, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) acting Deputy Director David Silberman testified before a House subcommittee on the Bureau’s work related to short-term, small-dollar lending. In the face of skepticism...more

US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee Holds Hearing on Volcker-Related Legislation

The US House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee’s Capital Markets Subcommittee held a hearing on legislation that would clarify the name-sharing provision of the Volcker Rule. Specifically, the Financial...more

FDA outrages critics over sneaky rule change on drugs, medical devices

It’s a short paragraph, fine-print tucked in a 10,000-word document on tobacco product regulations. But these 245 words (see Intended Use Regulations, ? 201.128) have lit up critics of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration....more

Opioid Use on Front Burner at FDA Now That Congress Has Intervened

The nominee for the top job at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is being held hostage by Congress until the agency agrees to revamp its approval process for opioid painkillers....more

Africa Update - February #3

Leading the News - Burundi - On February 12th, the United Nations (U.N.) Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) (MINUSCA) announced its decision to repatriate three...more

Congress Inquires About College and University Endowments

US House Committee on Ways and Means and US Senate Committee on Finance issue joint letter to colleges and universities with endowments greater than $1 billion. On February 8, the US Senate Committee on Finance and the...more

Health Care Update - February 2016 #2

Martin Shkreli Not the Big Story on the Hill Last Week - Congress’s complex relationship with prescription drugs was on display last week in the House of Representatives. In the House Committee on Oversight and...more

Africa Update - February 2016 #2

Leading the News - Burundi - On February 5th, newly elected African Union (AU) Assembly Chairman and President of Chad Idriss Deby appointed a high-level delegation of five African heads of state to negotiate with...more

Energy & Environment Update - February 2016 #2

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - The Senate continues this week its floor debate on the first broad bipartisan energy package in nearly ten years. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012), which cleared,...more

Africa Update - February 2016

Leading the News - Burundi - On January 29th, Burundian authorities released a British and a French journalist who were arrested during a sweep for rebels in flashpoint districts in Bujumbura. The U.S. and European...more

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