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The Uncertain State of the 340B Program: Where Are We Now?

In January 2018, in the wake of the publication of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Review of the 340B Drug Discount Program, I wrote that it was too soon to know whether 2018 will be a game-changing year for the...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #10

Legislators continued their drive to Legislative Day 40 today, ticking another legislative day off the calendar and taking another major step toward Sine Die. In an early morning meeting, the Senate Appropriations Committee...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Contraceptive Mandate: A Loss in Massachusetts and Other Current Events

The contraceptive mandate, one of the more controversial provisions of the Affordable Care Act, continues to make news as various stakeholders duke it out in and out of court. This blog post describes the history of the...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – March 2018 #3

This is the week. Congress needs to fund the government by Friday to avoid a government shutdown. It’s all but certain that the government will be funded, despite the dysfunction on display in getting through this week. The...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #9

Although the House and Senate floors were quiet today, legislators were at work throughout the Capitol with late efforts to get legislation through committees. Desperation is becoming palpable—with only four legislative days...more

NYS Senator Gillibrand To Co-Sponsor Marijuana Justice Act

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts, marijuana, whether used for medicinal or recreational purposes, is classified as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). ...more

Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 11

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Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - Omnibus Could Be Released Today. House Republicans are scheduled to have a meeting early this evening to discuss the FY18 Omnibus bill and the text of the bill could possibly...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #8

Legislators rounded third and headed for home today under the Gold Dome, completing Legislative Day 36 of 40. But even as the legislative session enters the home stretch, there remains much work to be done. After full...more

Class III Hospital Permits – Efficient Drug Management May Become a Reality

At the close of the 2018 session, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 675, which if allowed to become law by the Governor, will help hospitals and their facilities that are under common control manage their...more

Trump and DOJ Pledge to Get Tough on Opioids

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Earlier today, President Trump delivered an opioid speech in New Hampshire in which he promised to get tough on opioid investigation and enforcement. This follows on the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) prior assertion that it...more

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

by Cozen O'Connor on

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

by Clark Hill PLC on

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

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