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May 11, 2018 | Daily News

The House Ways & Means Committee will mark up legislation aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic, the committee’s leadership said Friday (May 11), while not specifying a date for what will be the third markup of significant opioid legislation by a congressional committee this spring.

May 09, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee advanced 25 opioid-related bills Wednesday (May 9) to the House floor, along with legislation that would reauthorize FDA’s animal drug and animal generic drug user fee programs.

May 08, 2018 | Daily News

House Ways & Means health subcommittee Chair Peter Roskam (R-IL) said again on Tuesday (May 8) that he intends to advance legislation this year that would reduce regulations in Medicare, and he said that effort, along with a package of bills to address the opioid crisis, are likely to be the only health care legislation that Congress takes up this year.

May 08, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee remained divided Tuesday (May 8) over a controversial proposal that seeks to improve coordination of care in Medicare and Medicaid by loosening privacy rules that govern health records related to drug or alcohol abuse.

May 07, 2018 | Daily News

FDA may soon release a guidance on combination product reviews and announce an initiative to offer new incentives for development of devices that manage or treat patient pain, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said at a medical device conference Thursday (May 3).

May 04, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee will mark up opioid-related legislation during two sessions held over a two-week period, with the first markup scheduled for Wednesday (May 9), the committee announced on Friday (May 4). The second markup is scheduled for May 17.

May 04, 2018 | Daily News

Baltimore health officials are urging the Trump administration to use a law, which was last considered by the Bush administration during the 2001 anthrax scare, to cut the price of the opioid-overdose drug naloxone.

May 02, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee will hold a hearing Tuesday (May 8) exclusively to consider a controversial bill that would allow providers and payers to more easily share patients’ medical records that contain information about substance use disorders.

April 26, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on Wednesday (April 25) voted to send to the full committee more than 50 bills intended to help curb the opioid epidemic, as well legislation that would reauthorize FDA’s animal drug and animal generic drug user fees.

April 24, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate health committee voted unanimously on Tuesday (April 24) in favor of a package of opioid legislation, which includes 40 bills from 38 senators.

April 23, 2018 | Daily News

FDA on Friday (April 20) published the first draft guidance -- of what the agency has promised will be two -- to help advance the development of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.

April 19, 2018 | Daily News

The newly appointed top HHS official on opioid policy faced tough questions Thursday (April 19) from Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee about whether he would take aggressive action against opioid manufacturers and distributors, and the committee’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Ron Wyden (OR), said the committee should summon the executives of those companies to testify about their role in the opioid crisis.

April 19, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee will mark up a slate of opioid bills on April 25, the subcommittee announced Wednesday (April 18).

April 19, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Tuesday (April 17) introduced a bill that would impose billions of dollars of civil penalties on drug manufacturers caught falsely promoting opioids as not addictive and on distributors supplying unreasonable amounts of opioids to communities, as well as potential jail time for individual employees that run afoul of the rules.

April 17, 2018 | Daily News

On April 24, the Senate health committee will vote on bipartisan opioid and over-the-counter drug monograph reform legislation, but it will not mark up a cosmetic reform bill as previously promised by the committee chair, the committee announced Tuesday (April 17).

April 17, 2018 | Daily News

House Appropriations agriculture subcommittee chair Robert Aderholt (R-AL) called FDA's request for a 13 percent increase in funding over fiscal 2018 levels “the largest and boldest funding request in recent memory and maybe ever” and signaled it might have to be cut back, but Democrats argued the budget lacks enough funding for food safety and opioids.

April 17, 2018 | Daily News

Providers are proposing a Medicare alternative pay model aimed at treating opioid addicts that includes both a bonus-only option and an option the creates the prospect of bigger bonuses in return for accepting penalties for poor performance on spending measures for addiction-related services.

April 12, 2018 | Daily News

After a two-day hearing on the role of Medicare and Medicaid in fighting the opioid crisis, House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee Chair Michael Burgess (R-TX) said Thursday (April 12) that he is still deciding whether to combine numerous opioid-related bills into a single legislative package or try to move the bills through committee individually.

April 12, 2018 | Daily News

Facebook Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday (April 11) promised that someone from Facebook will meet with FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to address how the company can further address the issue of illicit opioid advertising on the social media site.

April 11, 2018 | Daily News

Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he will work with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) to include in the committee's opioid-response bill a provision clarifying when it is okay for hospitals to notify a patient's family and health care provider of the patient's non-fatal overdose.