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October 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that House Democrats’ bill to negotiating drug prices would save taxpayers $345 billion in six years, but that savings would come at the cost of 8 to 15 fewer drugs being invented over a decade -- FDA approves about 30 new drugs annually.

October 09, 2019 | Daily News

In line with House Republicans, Blue Dog Democrats on Tuesday (Oct. 8) urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold votes on several bipartisan drug pricing bills, instead of wrapping them into government price negotiation legislation that Republicans oppose.

October 07, 2019 | Daily News

As the end of Ned Sharpless’ tenure as acting FDA chief approaches, former agency chief Scott Gottlieb and a policy analyst predict potential hold-ups in any upcoming commissioner confirmation process.

October 04, 2019 | Daily News

FDA warned the public, in a consumer alert Friday (Oct. 4), to stop using vaping products that contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). However, one cannabis industry group argued the response from FDA seems “overly broad” as no cannabis product has been definitively proven to be the cause of the vaping-related lung injury outbreak.

October 04, 2019 | Daily News

Top officials at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, one of the major insurers lobbying on Congress’ surprise billing legislation, indicated they would prefer Congress take no action on the issue rather than implement a policy that uses arbitration.

October 04, 2019 | Daily News

As Congress scrambles to pass a surprise billing fix before the end of the year, insurers are unwilling to consider a compromise on any solution that includes arbitration, senior officials at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said.

October 03, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) could lose leverage if the panel’s bipartisan drug pricing package is delayed until early 2020, but he would gain political maneuvering time, sources said.

October 02, 2019 | Daily News

Reps. Phil Roe (R-TN) and Kim Schrier (D-WA) introduced legislation to improve the accuracy of the information listed on health plans’ provider directories to prevent patients from receiving surprise out-of-network bills.

October 02, 2019 | Daily News

President Donald Trump reportedly is initiating the process to nominate MD Anderson Cancer Center Chief Medical Executive Stephen Hahn to fill the FDA commissioner position.

October 02, 2019 | Daily News

President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday (Oct. 2) that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is “incapable” of working on legislation to lower drug prices and is using the issue to distract from House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

October 02, 2019 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Committee Democrats are considering changes to a measure in their drug pricing bill that would hurt many nonprofit hospitals by eliminating 340B discounts on drugs that are subject to government price negotiation.

October 01, 2019 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) is floating a surprise billing fix that calls for negotiated rulemaking by three federal agencies to set out-of-network payment rates and to determine when to use arbitration, essentially punting the issue from the halls of Congress to the executive branch.

September 30, 2019 | Daily News

A food industry alliance group founded and led by four of the largest food companies will meet with the White House Oct. 11 to discuss a draft FDA proposed rule that lays out nutrient content claims and defines the term “healthy,” which is currently under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

September 27, 2019 | Daily News

House lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are concerned the chamber’s impeachment investigation could delay surprise billing legislation, but lawmakers from both parties say they still hope to pass a surprise billing fix by the end of the year.

September 26, 2019 | Daily News

FDA’s plan to streamline its reviews of new drugs through a major reorganization effort has been approved by Congress, agency drug center director Janet Woodcock announced Thursday (Sept. 26).

September 26, 2019 | Daily News

Families USA, along with 13 other organizations, launched a philanthropy-backed, half-million-dollar ad campaign encouraging lawmakers to pass legislation by the end of the year that ends surprise medical bills.

September 26, 2019 | Daily News

FDA will issue its regulation on flavored e-cigarettes, which is expected to ban all flavored vaping products from the market, in the next few weeks, Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless told lawmakers at a House Energy & Commerce subcommittee hearing Wednesday (Sept. 25), during which lawmakers pressed the acting chief for an explanation as to why FDA decided two years ago to delay premarket application compliance deadlines for electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products, including e-cigarettes.

September 25, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley said he hopes to rally support from the president and more lawmakers for the drug pricing package he sponsored with Finance ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) after the full bill text’s expected release Wednesday (Sept. 25) evening.

September 25, 2019 | Daily News

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) filed paperwork forcing the Senate to vote on a resolution under the Congressional Review Act that would undo the Trump administration's policy that allows states to use Affordable Care Act 1332 waivers to navigate around the law's coverage requirements.

September 25, 2019 | Daily News

Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless on Wednesday (Sept. 25) told lawmakers that implementing a user fee program for e-cigarette makers could help the agency with its electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) product enforcement activities.

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