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Restaurant Industry Gets Another Chance To Chime In On Menu Labeling

by Lewitt Hackman on

Franchisors in the food service industry have until January 18, 2018 to comment on the latest version of the Food & Drug Administration’s Menu Labeling Guidance. The FDA released the draft November 7th. This version includes...more

The Opioid Epidemic: Are We Headed Toward a Tipping Point?

by Burr & Forman on

Health care law and policy occupy a prime place in the current news cycle. Much of the attention revolves around the actions or inactions of Congress and the White House, particularly with regard to their impact on the future...more

California hazardous waste facility permitting will get harder: cost… unknown

by DLA Piper on

Permitted California hazardous waste facilities (HWFs) take note: the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), which regulates HWF activities, has proposed significant changes to the HWF permitting process....more

Health Care Newsmakers: Mandy K. Cohen, MD, MPH, Secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

by Williams Mullen on

What is the opioid crisis and how did we get here? The opioid crisis is a devastating and complex issue. We arrived here on a path paved with good intentions. Twenty years ago, clinicians were encouraged to treat pain...more

Reminder of the Impacts of Air Pollution on Public Health

by Burr & Forman on

The issue of climate change has become the focus of air emission regulations and prompted deep division in the process. The last Presidential election brought the issue to the fore in the sense that those who are now...more

NESHAP/Clean Air Act: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Final Rule Addressing Publicly Owned Treatment Works/Residual Risk and...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a final rule addressing the Clean Air Act National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (“NESHAP”) for Publicly Owned Treatment Works...more

Will the Massachusetts Proposed Legislation on Hospital Outpatient Facility Fees Have a Nationwide Impact?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In some states, including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, “site neutrality” for outpatient hospital reimbursement is factoring into state-specific health reform and cost containment initiatives. This potentially goes...more

Bad For Your Health: Lawsuit Advertising Implications And Solutions

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Shook, Hardy & Bacon Partner Cary Silverman has authored a report for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform examining the effects of advertising soliciting plaintiffs for lawsuits targeting prescription drugs and...more

Declaration of Public Health Emergency Changes Remote Prescribing Requirements but Creates Many Questions Waiting to Be Answered

by McDermott Will & Emery on

President Trump declared the opioid addiction epidemic a public health emergency on October 25, 2017. The White House made it clear that this declaration would allow officials to remove barriers to the prescribing of...more

It’s the Externalities, Stupid.

Last week, the Lancet Commission on pollution and public health (free registration required) released a study on the annual costs of pollution. There’s bound to be argument about the specifics, but it’s difficult to argue...more

Health Alert (Australia) 16 October 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: New South Wales (NSW) 6 October 2017 - City of Ryde Council v Principal Healthcare Finance Pty Ltd (No 2) [2017] NSWLEC 134 -...more

Does California Governor Jerry Brown Have Love for the “Innovation” Economy?

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s difficult to glean much from a veto message. However, in vetoing a recent California bill meant to regulate certain aspects of the “innovation” economy, Governor Jerry Brown used some pointed language that some in the...more

California Enacts Legislation in an Attempt to Level the Playing Field in Proposition 65 Enforcement Actions

by Downey Brand LLP on

On October, 5, 2017, Governor Brown announced that he signed AB 1583 into law. AB 1583, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau, a democrat from Monterey Park, is intended to promote transparency in Proposition 65 private...more

Proposition 65 Warning Required for Furfuryl Alcohol as of September 30, 2017

by Downey Brand LLP on

On and after September 30, 2017, a Proposition 65 warning is required for products containing furfuryl alcohol (CAS No. 98-00-0). California’s Proposition 65, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of...more

Cannabis Prop 65 Liability: Lessons Learned from the Dietary Supplement Industry

by Wilson Elser on

The cannabis industry appears to be next on the liability “hit list” under California’s notorious Proposition 65 statute. In June 2017, more than 700 Prop 65 notices were served on California cannabis businesses. Companies in...more

What Can and Can't You Do to Get Ready for Flu Season

by Snell & Wilmer on

As we get ready for flu season, employers are faced with the quandary of what to do when they want a healthy workplace in order to maintain productivity and morale, but still need to respect an individual employee’s beliefs...more

Public Health Emergencies and Mother Nature

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In the wake of some of the worst storms our Country has ever faced, as seen in the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, in Texas, Hurricane Irma, in Florida, and now Hurricane Maria, in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin...more

One pig is ousted from the public trough, but what about his health care harms?

Tom Price, the orthopedist and foe of the Affordable Care Act, may have been jettisoned from his job as Health and Human Services secretary, but his agency’s effort to sabotage Obamacare smolders on....more

Finding Common Ground in the Healthcare Debate: Federal, State, and Local Governments Respond to the Opioid Epidemic

As stories and statistics of the opioid crisis become increasingly prevalent in our national discourse, we are seeing a stronger, more innovative, and more aligned push for interventions across communities, government...more

Mandatory Flu Vaccination Policies: Time for a Check-Up

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

After a measles outbreak at Disneyland spread to 134 Californians and residents in six other states and two other countries, California adopted a law removing “personal belief” exemptions from vaccinating children in public...more

Vapor Intrusion: Why Property Owners and Purchasers really need to pay attention

by Dickinson Wright on

An increasing degree of attention is being paid to instances of vapor intrusion, the process by which volatile chemicals migrate, in vapor form, from soil or groundwater into indoor air spaces of buildings. Even in the era of...more

Citing the Opioid Abuse Epidemic, New Jersey Proposes Far-Reaching Restrictions on Pharma-Prescriber Interactions

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In an effort to curtail the opioid abuse epidemic, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie proposed a new rule on August 31, 2017 that would make New Jersey the latest state to adopt "gift ban" type restrictions on interactions...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General Project Notification: Evaluation of Importers' and Manufacturers'...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has issued an August 22nd Project Notification titled: Evaluation of Importers’ and Manufacturers’ Chemical Data Reporting Under the Toxic Substance Control...more

FDA Takes First Steps to Cut Regulations, Solicits Public Feedback

Since our March 17th post about President Trump’s executive actions aiming to implement his deregulatory agenda, several important developments related to the so-called “2-for-1” Executive Order (E.O. 13,771) have occurred...more

Health Alert (Australia) 11 September 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 4 September 2017 - Eve Hemp Pty Limited v Secretary to the Department of Health [2017] FCA 1051 - ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – judicial review –...more

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