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April 10, 2020 | Daily News

The final 2021 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters that sets policy for the exchange plans is now under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget, and stakeholders await CMS’ decisions on several key policies, particularly whether CMS will move forward with proposed changes to the auto-reenrollment process and co-pay assistance.

April 10, 2020 | Daily News

FDA released a temporary guidance Friday (April 10) that lets compounders at outsourcing facilities use nonstandard personal protective equipment (PPE) in light of PPE shortages caused by the ongoing spread of COVID-19.

April 10, 2020 | Daily News

States’ restrictions on pharmacists’ authority to administer vaccines pose roadblocks to future COVID-19 vaccination efforts, pharmacy groups say.

April 09, 2020 | Daily News

China might be over the peak of its coronavirus curve, but the steep decline in Chinese exports of active pharmaceutical ingredients to the United States and other countries likely will continue, a Congressional Research Service study finds.

April 09, 2020 | Daily News

Citing the coronavirus pandemic, an international collection of health advocacy groups on Tuesday urged the United States, the European Union and a host of other World Trade Organization members to declare themselves eligible to import pharmaceuticals made under compulsory licenses.

April 08, 2020 | Daily News

The chair of the House Energy & Commerce oversight subcommittee asked FDA to warn doctors against prescribing hydroxychloroquine for treating COVID-19, unless as part of clinical trials, to safeguard supplies for autoimmune patients.

April 03, 2020 | Daily News

FDA, Mayo Clinic and the American Red Cross have launched a nationwide expanded access program to collect and provide investigational convalescent plasma therapy to COVID-19 patients in the United States, especially those who may not have access to clinical trials.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

Anthem said Wednesday (April 1) it would waive cost-sharing for all treatments related to the COVID-19 diagnosis through May 31, the fourth major insurer to make such a decision in recent weeks.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

Mylan N.V. is waiving the exclusivity it expects for its generic version of Kaletra, which is AbbVie’s branded HIV drug being tested as a COVID-19 treatment, to allow other generic drug makers to supply the medicine sooner.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

It could take six to 12 months before drug companies are making enough of hydroxychloroquine to meet demand if the drug is proven to treat COVID-19, according to Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Ronny Gal.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

The ERISA Industry Committee released Tuesday (March 31) research findings of the potential savings to employers and employees from using more biosimilars.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

Most pharmacists oppose restrictions on sales of hydroxychloroquine that a growing number of states are imposing to maintain supplies of the drug for auto-immune patients after the president promoted it as a COVID-19 treatment.

April 01, 2020 | Daily News

Consumer, labor and beneficiary advocacy groups are urging insurance companies to drop all cost-sharing for all services related to diagnosis and treatment of the COVID-19 and its symptoms.

April 01, 2020 | Daily News

The White House is reviewing FDA’s proposed reporting requirements for drug makers who provide investigational drugs to patients through the Right to Try pathway.

April 01, 2020 | Daily News

Compounders want FDA to make it easier for pharmacists and outsourcing facilities to respond to drug shortages brought about by COVID-19.

April 01, 2020 | Daily News

FDA made it easier for compounders to make hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine by adding the anti-malaria drugs to the drug shortage list Tuesday (March 31), after receiving pressure from several compounding associations for the agency to list the drugs and make the formulations available for compounding by outsourcers.

March 31, 2020 | Daily News

FDA established a program to speed reviews of COVID-19 treatments and support research on COVID-19 drug candidates, the agency announced Tuesday (March 31).

March 31, 2020 | Daily News

Attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia called for FDA to ease risk mitigation requirements for abortion medication mifepristone, or at least allow certified prescribers to use telehealth to prescribe the drug during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 30, 2020 | Daily News

Kaiser Permanente’s updated chloroquine-rationing policy provides lupus patients with a 14-day refill of the drug, instead of a 90-day supply, and patients with other auto-immune diseases are being switched to alternative drugs to shore up supplies for COVID-19 patients.

March 30, 2020 | Daily News

Health care providers and health care systems that administer hydroxychloroquine sulfate and chloroquine phosphate to patients as a potential COVID-19 treatment must track adverse events and report them to FDA within seven calendar days from onset of the event.

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