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March 18, 2021 | Daily News

State lawmakers in Colorado are considering a bill to import drugs from countries other than Canada, including France, Australia and the United Kingdom, but the state would not be able to import Australian and European drugs unless the U.S. Congress changes federal law to allow it.

March 17, 2021 | Daily News

The House has delayed votes on three bipartisan drug-pricing and food safety bills that were originally slated to be taken up this week, a Democratic leadership aide told Inside Health Policy.

March 17, 2021 | Daily News

HHS will invest $150 million to increase use of COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies for patients in vulnerable communities, the Biden administration announced Wednesday (March 17).

March 17, 2021 | Daily News

A group of progressive Democrats is upping the pressure on President Biden to reverse course at the World Trade Organization and support a proposal to waive some intellectual property rights to help combat the pandemic, a move they called a “moral obligation.”

March 16, 2021 | Daily News

CMS is scrapping the Trump administration’s 11th-hour plan to test waivers that would let Part D plans ignore key Medicare patient safeguards: the six protected drug classes and the requirement that formularies cover at least two drugs in all other classes.

March 16, 2021 | Daily News

The Biden administration says nonprofits and the private sector, not the federal government, should take the lead on developing and distributing so-called vaccine passports to those who get vaccinated against COVID-19, coming amid increased discussion around whether print and digital immunization certificates should be used as an incentive to ramp up vaccination rates in the United States.

March 16, 2021 | Daily News

The Federal Trade Commission is forming a group to update analyses of drug company mergers as part of a bid to more aggressively police anticompetitive behavior.

March 15, 2021 | Daily News

The House this week will consider three bipartisan drug-pricing and food safety bills, two of which aim to increase competition and lower drug prices by more narrowly defining the types of new drugs that can receive five years of exclusivity and by increasing education in biologics and biosimilars.

March 15, 2021 | Daily News

White House adviser Andy Slavitt said Monday (March 15) that Medicare will nearly double reimbursement for administering coronavirus vaccines, from about $23 per shot to $40 per shot, to entice vaccinators to reach people in rural areas and speed up the national vaccination campaign.

March 12, 2021 | Daily News

The United States’ response to combating antimicrobial resistance has taken a step back thanks to the COVID-19 public health emergency, according to a new study from Pew Charitable Trusts, as the large influx of hospitalized patients due to the virus resulted in unnecessary use of antibiotics.

March 12, 2021 | Daily News

HHS has again expanded its list of health care personnel who can administer COVID-19 vaccines under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, this time adding current and previously licensed veterinarians, dentists, physician assistants, nurses, midwives, paramedics and optometrists, as well as certain health and medical students that have appropriate training in administering vaccines, the Biden administration announced Friday (March 12).

March 11, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden will direct all states, tribes and territories to open up vaccine eligibility to all adults by no later than May 1, the administration announced Thursday (March 11).

March 11, 2021 | Daily News

President Joe Biden on Thursday signed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that significantly expands the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits, increases Medicaid funding and incentivizes states to expand their programs, fully subsidizes COBRA premiums through September and much more.

March 11, 2021 | Daily News

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is scheduling a drug pricing hearing March 23 for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension subcommittee that he chairs, lobbyists say.

March 11, 2021 | Daily News

Advocates for patients with high cholesterol are criticizing a recent report by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review that recommends limiting the use of two new high cholesterol drugs and lowering their prices.

March 10, 2021 | Daily News

The Biden administration plans to buy another 100 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine, administration officials said Wednesday (March 10), but they provided no details on price or the production schedule.

March 10, 2021 | Daily News

HHS is delaying for another four months a Trump administration rule to make health clinics pass 340B discounts on insulin and epinephrine to patients.

March 09, 2021 | Daily News

House Appropriations subcommittee lawmakers from both parties on Tuesday (March 9) urged FDA to embrace new tools -- such as requiring country of origin labels and assigning a grade to drug companies -- to help consumers know which drugs are safe as the agency continues its hold on foreign onsite inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 08, 2021 | Daily News

HHS Secretary-nominee Xavier Becerra told Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) that, if confirmed, he will make sure FDA provides her and other senators with more information about the agency’s in-person prescribing and dispensing restrictions for the abortion pill mifepristone, coming as medical organizations push the Biden administration to relax the restrictions, which they say limit access to health care for women, especially those in underserved communities, and put them at risk for contracting COVID-19.

March 05, 2021 | Daily News

Every member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission said Friday (March 5) they support recommendations that Medicare Part B cover all vaccines, without cost sharing for preventive vaccines, and that Medicare pay doctors 103% of wholesale acquisition cost to administer preventive vaccines, although they have yet to vote on the proposals.

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