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New Jersey Congressman Calls for a Hearing on the Proposed Cigna/Express Scripts Merger

Recently, Cigna announced its plan to purchase pharmacy benefit manager (“PBM”) Express Scripts. In a March 14, 2018 letter to the chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Gregory Walden (R-Oregon), Congressman...more

Health Care : Helpful Hints – March 2018

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Alabama Data Breach Notification Act - On March 1, 2018, the Alabama Senate voted for passage of Senate Bill 318,the Alabama Data Breach Notification Act, by a vote of 24-0. The bill is now being considered by the Alabama...more

DOH Finalizes Temporary Regulations For Clinical Registrants And Academic Clinical Research Centers

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) published the much anticipated final version of the temporary regulations under the Medical Marijuana Act applicable to Clinical Registrants and Academic Clinical Research Centers...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #7

The gutting of bills continued under the Gold Dome today with legislators turning their focus to Georgia’s Certificate of Need statutes. The House Health and Human Services Committee took up two substitute bills impacting...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #6

After a busy committee workday yesterday with legislators attempting to move last-minute propositions through the legislative gauntlet, lawmakers returned to the Capitol today to consider bills and resolutions on their...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – March 2018 #2

This week, Congress returns to Washington with 11 days to finalize a government spending bill. House appropriators will be meeting throughout the week to finalize their respective packages which means we should expect to see...more

Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 10

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Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - Omnibus. While negotiations on the Omnibus appropriations bill are said to be almost completed with the possibility of it being on the House floor next week, there are still a...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

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HOUSE VOTE SET FOR UPDATED ‘RIGHT-TO-TRY’ LEGISLATION - The House will vote Tuesday on updated but still controversial legislation that would give terminally ill patients wider access to prescription drugs that haven’t won...more

Life Sciences. Major Russian legal changes in the second half of 2017

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Major Russian legal changes - 1. The Russian government has introduced a risk-oriented approach for scheduled inspections in the healthcare industry - (RF Government Resolution No. 907 on Amendments to the Regulation on...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #4

Just after Governor Deal signed the Amended FY 2018 Budget in Cedartown this morning, the House set to work adopting its proposal for the FY 2019 Budget. Notably included in the over $50 billion spending package ($26 billion...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #5

The clink of champagne flutes was almost audible under the Gold Dome this morning as the House adopted SB 17, commonly known as the “brunch bill”. The bill, authored by Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), will allow local...more

Rx to save patients money: Lift Big Pharma ‘gag orders’ on pharmacists

Big Pharma’s notorious middle-men, aka prescription benefit managers or PBMs, are coming under yet more fire — this time over so-called gag orders that they impose on pharmacists they work with, preventing these front-line...more

Let’s Start Over – 2018 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

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It is unusual for the IRS to implement a retroactive change to a previously announced limit (whether it be qualified plan limits or HSA limits). Especially when the change is a reduction in the amount that taxpayers can...more

New Law Mandates Creation of a National Plan to Support Caregivers

On January 22, 2018, President Trump signed a new bill into law aimed at addressing the challenges that the nation’s millions of family caregivers face....more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #3

As dawn broke over the State Capitol this morning, it revealed the long-awaited FY 2019 Budget as amended by the House Appropriations Committee. House budget subcommittees met beginning at 7AM, quickly adopting their...more

Trial Set In Florida Case Challenging Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban

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As I’ve posted before, Florida’s implementation of Amendment Two (medical marijuana) does not permit patients to smoke medical marijuana. Not surprisingly, the ban on smoking of medical marijuana triggered litigation. ...more

Advancing Access to Precision Medicine Act - A Bipartisan Bill

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On February 15, 2018, representatives Eric Swalwell (CA-15), John Shimkus (IL-15), Scott Peters (CA-52), Erik Paulson (MN-03), and Juan Vargas (CA-51), introduced the Advancing Access to Precision Medicine Act (H.R....more

Vermont Legislative Update 03-02-2018 - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

When it returns on March 13, the Vermont Senate is expected to consider S.197, a bill that creates strict liability for damage to property and human health for the release of many harmful substance into the environment, and...more

House Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Proposed CVS/Aetna Merger

On February 27, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law held a hearing to consider the implications of the proposed CVS/Aetna merger. The transaction, valued at approximately $69...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #2

Lawmakers returned to the State Capitol today refreshed and renewed after a three-day weekend following Crossover Day last week. As committees began taking up propositions that have passed out of their sister chambers, so...more

Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 9

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Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - FY18 Omnibus Wrap-up: On Thursday, Appropriations Subcommittees had to report any unresolved issues up to the Full Committee and while the work largely appears to be done,...more

Lifting the Limits on Physician-Owned Hospitals: Can Regulators Prevail Where Legislators Have Stalled?

We reported, in early 2017, on what was then the latest legislative effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s amendment to the Stark Law’s whole hospital exception, which amendment has effectively prevented new...more

South Dakota Passes Automatic Substitution Law for Interchangeable Biosimilars

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South Dakota passed a law that allows pharmacists to automatically substitute a biosimilar for a prescribed biological product. According to the new law, which was signed by South Dakota’s governor on February 12, 2018, the...more

Congress Proposes Change to Ryan Haight Act to Allow Telemedicine Prescribing of Controlled Substances

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It seems the efforts of telemedicine advocates to change federal law and allow greater prescribing of controlled substances are no longer falling on deaf ears. Congress just released a pair of draft discussion bills to amend...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – March 2018

Congress kicks off this week with three weeks to go before the March 23 omnibus spending deadline. At this point it’s still not entirely clear what will be tacked on to this spending package, but immigration, market...more

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