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The United States Food and Drug Administration is the oldest consumer protection agency in the United States. The agency was not officially known as the FDA until 1930, but its regulatory functions began with the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act. The agency is charged with protecting the integrity of the nation's food supply and cosmetic products, as well as monitoring the safety and efficacy of drugs, medical devices, and biological products.  less -
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Health Care: What's on the Radar for This Congressional Work Period

The next Hill work period basically runs from February 22 to March 18. As Congress returns, here’s a brief look at the pending health care issues on the radar for this work period....more

FDA Not Sure About Essure

Medical doctors have a great deal of responsibility placed upon them. After years of training and practice, they are expected to have the skill and ability to identify symptoms and translate that into a diagnosis. That...more

Could Your Medical Device Be a Hacker’s Gateway into a Hospital Network?

This has been a big year for health care data breaches. In January, the data of 80 million Anthem members was compromised; in March, a cyberattack exposed the data of 11.2 million Premera BlueCross BlueShield members and...more

Protecting the Blood Supply During a Future Ebola Outbreak

It has been more than a year and a half since the Ebola outbreak began racing across western Africa. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), more than 28,000 people have been infected. Although...more

The Silent Threats of Breaches to Medical Devices are Starting to Make Noise

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is responsible for guidance on medical devices, has acknowledged that certain devices are susceptible to breaches. The FDA has identified cybersecurity vulnerabilities in...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review, November 2015

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On November 21, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and...more

FDA data underscores why patients need to ask tough questions about care

The epidemic of overtreatment is hardly new, and it often stems from physicians’ tendency to order excessive tests. But now Uncle Sam is getting ready to step in even more, prompted in part by disturbing data that detailed...more

Increased risk of ‘Medjacking’ calls for better security measures on medical devices

Did you know that right now we have about 5 billion connected smart devices in use? Is it surprising that it is predicted that by 2020 that number will skyrocket to 25 billion? Of all these connected devices, a significant...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Repealing Obamacare becomes problematic in the Senate... More focus on drug prices and reimbursement... FDA asks, should we regulate “natural” and if so, how? ...more

Health Care Update - November 2015

Ways & Means Leadership Changes – Health Policy Implications Looming: As Congress pushes forward with a two-year budget deal, and new Speaker Paul Ryan begins his tenure as the top Republican in the House of...more

Three Pressing Challenges for Personalized Medicine

Personalized medicine can be described as the science of targeted therapies. Advances in diagnostic and molecular medicine have made it possible to more precisely identify alternative treatment options for patients based on...more

Health Care Update - October 2015

Senate Working Group Pressing Forward on Telehealth - As Congress focuses on bigger picture policy decisions, including broad budget negotiations and raising the debt ceiling, there are some exciting developments on the...more

House Energy & Commerce Panel Releases Draft Bill to Regulate Diagnostic Lab Tests, Schedules November 17 Hearing

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee has scheduled a November 17, 2015 hearing on the regulation of diagnostic tests and laboratory operations. The hearing will feature FDA and CMS officials who will testify on...more

AdvaMed 2015 Highlights – Part One of Two

On October 5-7, 2015, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (“AdvaMed”) held its 40th Annual Meeting for the first time on the West Coast—San Diego, California. This year also signaled a change of AdvaMed’s membership...more

AdvaMed 2015 Highlights – Part Two of Two

Another panel concerning digital health was entitled: “The Hidden Life of Devices: Cybersecurity and Embedded Medical Devices”. Debra Breummer, Manager, Clinical Information Security, Mayo Clinic, said that cyber security is...more

340B Orphan Drug Interpretive Rule Struck Down by D.C. District Court: HHS and HRSA Lose In Second Round of Litigation Over 340B...

In an Opinion issued October 14, 2015, D.C. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras granted Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s (“PhRMA”) motion for summary judgment against the U.S. Department of Health and...more

D.C. District Court Deals Blow to HHS 340B Program Interpretive Rule

Court says Congress has the power to make the change that HHS attempted with its Interpretive Rule, and thus it should be left to the legislative branch. A lawsuit challenging the Interpretive Rule, filed by the...more

District Court Rules Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Are Not Required to Discount Orphan Drugs - Regardless of the Condition Being...

HHS’ rule requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to discount orphan drugs when they were used to treat non-rare diseases was inconsistent with Congress’ intent to exclude all orphan drugs from the 340B discount program for...more

What’s Lurking in Your Lab? Legal Risks for Hospital Laboratories

Most health-care lawyers are accustomed to monitoring the high profile areas of regulatory enforcement in health care. However, many hospital lawyers, whether in-house or outside counsel, are unaware of the potential...more

Government Finally Investigating Power Morcellators

Patients undergoing medical treatments expect that their physicians will utilize tools that will assist in the treatment without causing undue harm or damage to their bodies. One of these tools, a power morcellator which is...more

Washington Healthcare Update

On Oct. 8, the House Republican caucus did not select a candidate for Speaker of the House and selection has been delayed. The current Speaker, John Boehner (R-OH), had announced that he would step down and retire from...more

Navigating the Diagnostic Commercialization Process

Guest Post By: Perry Dimas, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Premier Source, part of AmerisourceBergen The 2015 Business of Personalized Medicine Summit was an inspiring day with talented professionals. One...more

A&B Healthcare Week In Review, September 2015

On September 25, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled “Medicare Program: Medicare Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests Payment System”. This proposed rule would...more

Dirty Instruments Pose Threat to Outpatients, Too

Earlier this year, both patients and providers were shocked when a rash of hospital patients got seriously ill or died after medical devices used to examine their gastrointestinal tracts infected them because they were not...more

Drug and Device Companies May Soon Face Less Burdensome FDA Approval Process

On July 10, 2015, Congress passed H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, with a bipartisan vote of 344 to 77. The 352-page bill seeks to make the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug and device approval process less...more

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