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Some quick updates on stories I have been following: SENTENCING FOR DEADLY PAIN-MEDS DOC: An Orange County, CA., physician has been sentenced to 30 years to life imprisonment. She was convicted of murder for her...more

Committees to Examine Administration’s HHS Budget Proposal, Other Health Policy Issues Next Week

On February 9, 2016, President Obama is scheduled to submit his proposed fiscal year 2017 budget to Congress. Two Congressional committees have planned hearings to examine provisions of the proposed budget involving the...more

Behind the Curtain: Shkreli was NOT the Big Story on the Hill Today

Congress’s complex relationship with prescription drugs was on display today in the House of Representatives. In the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR), Martin Shkreli pleaded the 5th at a hearing...more

Washington Insight - January 2016

President Obama Delivers State of the Union Address - In his eighth and final State of the Union address, President Obama focused on his views of and hopes for the future beyond his last year in office. Rather than...more

Congressional Health Policy Hearings - January 2016

The Senate HELP Committee is holding a January 28, 2016 hearing on “Generic Drug User Fee Amendments: Accelerating Patient Access to Generic Drugs.” Separately, on February 4, the House Committee on Oversight and Government...more

What’s Ahead for Health Care?

With no clear “must-do” legislative priorities for health care in 2016, aside from annual appropriations, any legislation with potential of enactment must have strong bipartisan support and relatively little controversy. We...more

Congressional Oversight in the 114th Congress: What to Expect in 2016

While it is likely that the Obama Administration will continue to be a major focus of GOP-led oversight inquiries in 2016, industry stakeholders, particularly those affected by legislation or proposed regulations, should also...more

Federal Spotlight Continues to Shine on Physician-Owned Distributorships

A recent Senate Finance Committee hearing investigated the effects of physician-owned distributorships (“PODs”) on costs of care and patient safety, suggesting that the momentum for greater oversight of such business...more

Physician-Owned Distributorships Under Scrutiny at Senate Finance Committee Hearing

On November 17, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee (“SFC”) held a hearing on physician-owned distributors of implantable medical devices (“PODs”). The hearing was the latest bit of increasingly unfavorable federal government...more

House Financial Services Committee to hold December 16 hearing on CFPB data collection

The House Financial Service Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has scheduled a hearing for December 16, 2015 on “Examining the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Mass Data Collection Program.”...more

Health Care Update - December 2015

Cadillac Tax Repeal Garners Bipartisan Support; Prospects for Implementation Delay Increase - Last week, the Senate passed its reconciliation package by a vote of 52-47, sending it back to the House for approval and...more

FERC Oversight Hearing Focuses on Clean Power Plan and Natural Gas Permitting Issues

On December 1, 2015, the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing to conduct oversight of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The hearing focused on FERC’s role in ensuring...more

U.S. Senate To Hold Hearing On Impact of Trade Secret Theft

On December 2, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. EST, the United States Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing concerning trade secret theft entitled “Protecting Trade Secrets: The Impact of Trade Secret Theft on American...more

House subcommittee holds hearing on FERC oversight

Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission testify today before the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, as that committee considers its oversight of the FERC. The FERC is an...more

House Financial Services Committee Hearing on Capital Formation

On December 2, 2015, the Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing to consider four bills related to capital formation. These include, among others, HR 3784, which would amend the Exchange Act to establish an Office...more

House Subcommittee Holds “Disruptive” Drone Hearing

The House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on the impact of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), or drones, on consumers and manufacturers. Although the Subcommittee’s charge...more

HHS Drug Pricing Forum Highlighted in ML Strategies’ Health Care Update

This week’s ML Strategies Health Care Update highlights the recent Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) forum on prescription drug costs, which featured players from every corner of the industry, including top...more

FDA Commits to Moving Forward with LDT Regulation

Last Tuesday, Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, announced at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health that...more

Congressional Hearing Examines Competition in the PBM Industry

Last week, pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) and independent pharmacy representatives provided testimony to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law in a congressional hearing examining...more

Energy & Environment Update - November 2015 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - With the November 20 deadline looming, Congress will focus much of this week on the surface transportation bill as House and Senate conferees try to quickly negotiate differences on H.R. 22...more

Health Care Update - November 2015 #2

FDA Hosts Genome Scientists For Next-Generation Sequencing Conference - Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted genome scientists from across the nation at its campus in White Oak, Maryland. Two public...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - November 2015

A Note from the Editors - Our November edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - November 2015

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against United Airlines and Delta Air Lines seeking to block the carriers’ proposed slot swap at Newark, DOT’s...more

Upcoming Health Policy Hearings - November 2015

Several Congressional hearings are scheduled next week and into December on health policy issues, including...more

Life Sciences Alert: House hearing on in vitro clinical tests will focus on proposed regulatory framework – key features

On November 17, 2015, the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing entitled “Examining the Regulation of Diagnostic Tests and Laboratory Operations.” The focus...more

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