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Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: House E&C 21st Century Cures Bill Passes Unanimously Out of Committee... House Votes to Codify Permanent R&D Tax Credit... CMS Released Proposed Rule Concerning Medicaid and CHIP Plans....more

Pharmacy Board Proposed Regulations: The Next Step for Telemedicine in North Carolina

The future of telemedicine has become a hot topic in the health care industry nationwide, and the momentum seems to be in telemedicine’ s favor. Indeed, the North Carolina Medical Board recently issued revised policy...more

Health Care Update - May 2015 #4

In This Issue: - House Energy and Commerce Unanimously Advances 21st Century Cures Legislation - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional...more

21st Century Cures Markup Underway; Offsets Released

Today the House Energy and Commerce Committee is marking up H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, a high-profile, bipartisan bill that seeks to accelerate the pace of medical cures in the United States through a variety of...more

21st Century Cures Bill Includes Proposal to Broaden Sunshine Act Exclusions Related to Education

As we reported last week, on May 21, 2015, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 6, the “21st Century Cures Act,” by a bipartisan, unanimous 51-0 vote. This major legislation is intended to accelerate the pace...more

House Subcommittee Circulates Proposed Legislation Providing Insight on the Future of the 340B Drug Pricing Program

The 340B Federal Drug Pricing Program (the 340B Program) requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to offer drugs at discounted prices to eligible hospitals, clinics and other entities for use in the outpatient setting. The 340B...more

Health Alert (Australia) - May 25, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports & Publications. Excerpt from Reports: Australian Medical Association (AMA) - 19 May 2015 - $19 billion pharmacy deal sign of skewed health...more

CMS Releases Broad Data on Prescribing Patterns of Physicians and Providers Under Medicare Part D

In a highly anticipated and scrutinized decision, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new public data set on April 30, 2015, that includes detailed data regarding the prescribing patterns of...more

What Does Pharmacogenomics Have To Do With Product Liability? – Potentially Everything

Recently, Bexis attended the DRI drug and device committee spring conference. Among other things he heard a bang-up presentation on genomics and personalized (also known as “precision”) medicine from Paige Sensenbrenner. On...more

FDA Makes More Electronic Submissions Mandatory

In recent months, the FDA has been pushing forward in its efforts to require that more information from regulated industry be submitted electronically. The move to electronic submissions should create a more efficient and...more

Hospitals Rally to Defend 340B

A consortium of hospitals from across the country has delivered a letter to Congressional leaders, urging them to preserve the federal 340B program in its present form. Neither the content nor the timing of the letter was...more

CMS Updates Part D Prescribing Regulations

CMS published an interim final rule with comment period (IFC) on May 6, 2015 that modifies a previously-adopted regulatory requirement regarding qualifications to prescribe Part D drugs. By way of background, under a final...more

Minnesota Session Ends With Governor Threatening Veto

The Minnesota legislature concluded its business last evening with Governor Mark Dayton threatening to veto a $17 billion public education funding bill – a threat he carried through with earlier today. The governor issued the...more

Sweet Home No More, Innovator Liability Leaves Alabama

On May 1, 2015, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed into law a bill to “provide that a manufacturer is not liable ... for damages resulting from a product it did not design, manufacture, sell, or lease.” Sponsored by state...more

Senator Asks Department of Veteran Affairs to Break Patents on Hepatitis C Drugs

Last week, in a letter addressed to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) urged Secretary Robert McDonald to use his authority as Secretary "to break the patents on Hepatitis...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - May 2015 #2

CMS Publishes Corrected Comment Deadline for FY 2016 IPPS and LTCH Proposed Rule; Comments Due by June 16, 2015 – On May 5, 2015, CMS published in the Federal Register a corrected comment period for the FY 2016 Medicare IPPS...more

More Biosimilar Q&A’s Released by FDA

After finalizing three key guidance documents on biosimilars at the end of April (reported on our blog here), yesterday FDA released another “Question and Answer” guidance in draft form. The draft guidance is called...more

CMS Changes Medicare Prescriber Enrollment Requirements

On May 6, 2015, CMS issued interim final rules relating to Medicare Part D beneficiary access to Part D drugs. Through the rules, CMS announced updates regarding the impending prescriber enroll or opt-out effective date,...more

Is Your Pharmacy Ready for Drug Supply Chain Integrity?

Beginning July 1, 2015, most pharmacies in the U.S. will be required to have systems in place to receive transaction information regarding the prescription drugs they purchase from suppliers. The requirement stems from a...more

New Data on Part D Prescription Drugs Available

On April 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made available a dataset that provides detailed information on medications that physicians and other healthcare providers prescribed under the Medicare...more

Health Care Update - May 2015 #2

In This Issue: - 340B Drug Discount Program Guidance Nearing Finish Line - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other...more

Health Alert (Australia) - May 11, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments, Legislation; and Reports and Publications. Excerpt from Legislation: Commonwealth - 5 May 2015 - Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code — Standard 1.4.2 — Maximum Residue...more

FDA Issues Three Biosimilar Final Guidances

On April 28, 2015, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized three guidances for industry on developing biosimilar drugs. The guidances, which follow the FDA’s first approval of a biosimilar drug in March, are...more

CMS Issues Interim Final Rule Reaffirming Requirements for Prescribers of Part D Drugs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on May 6, 2015, published an interim final rule with comment period (Interim Rule) modifying the regulatory requirement that health care professionals enroll in or opt out of...more

New state law allows access to investigational drugs

In line with a nationwide movement, on April 21, 2015, Governor Fallin signed into law House Bill 1074, the Oklahoma Right to Try Act. The Act allows physicians to prescribe to terminally ill patients investigational drugs,...more

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