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February 19, 2021 | Daily News

Due to inclement winter weather across much of the United States, especially in the south, the United States has a backlog of about 6 million doses of vaccine that are sitting at factories rather than being shipped out to states, White House COVID-19 Response Team Senior Adviser Andy Slavitt said Friday (Feb. 19).

February 19, 2021 | Daily News

The federal government is setting up five more community vaccination centers -- four in Florida and one in Pennsylvania -- as part of the Biden administration’s larger goal of creating a more equitable vaccine distribution process, White House COVID-19 Response Team Senior Adviser Andy Slavitt said Friday (Feb. 19).

February 19, 2021 | Daily News

A federal court on Wednesday (Feb. 17) dismissed hospitals and pharmacists’ lawsuit over drug makers’ limitations on 340B discounts available via contract pharmacies and told the providers to first take their concerns through HHS’ new administrative dispute resolution process.

February 18, 2021 | Daily News

Using funds appropriated by Congress, the Biden administration will pledge $2 billion to the World Health Organization’s COVAX coronavirus vaccine initiative, to be delivered by the end of the month at the latest, and will use another $2 billion to spur other countries to pledge to COVAX and to scale up COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing and delivery, the administration announced Thursday (Feb. 18) ahead of President Joe Biden’s Friday (Feb. 19) meeting with leaders of the G7.

February 18, 2021 | Daily News

One of the four facilities that were built with the help of taxpayer money to respond to pandemics is not making coronavirus vaccines or therapies because the company the government partnered with sold the facility in late 2016, and the new owner isn’t required to let the government claim production capacity, sources familiar with the sale said.

February 18, 2021 | Daily News

Hospitals on Friday (Feb. 12) fought back against a brand drug industry report that blames hospital consolidation, high hospital charges and the 340B drug discount program for high drug prices.

February 17, 2021 | Daily News

Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine (VA) and Michael Bennet (CO) Wednesday (Feb.17) previewed an updated version of their legislation to create a new public option in the exchanges that relies on Medicare infrastructure and allows for higher reimbursement rates for rural hospitals than did earlier versions.

February 17, 2021 | Daily News

More than 150 Democratic members of Congress and 23 attorneys general are backing plaintiffs in an appeals case that seeks to prevent FDA from enforcing in-person prescribing restrictions for the abortion medication mifepristone.

February 17, 2021 | Daily News

A federal appeals court on Tuesday (Feb. 16) upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit by cancer doctors against sequestration cuts to Medicare Part B drug reimbursement rates.

February 16, 2021 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce legislation to remove the cap on inflationary drug rebates in Medicaid would save taxpayers $15.9 billion over a decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

February 12, 2021 | Daily News

HHS will extend liability protections under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act to any federal government employee, contractor or volunteer who prescribes, administers, delivers, distributes or dispenses a covered countermeasure, including COVID-19 vaccines, the department announced Friday (Feb. 12).

February 12, 2021 | Daily News

The Pacific Business Group on Health, which represents several large, nationwide employers, including Walmart, is eyeing numerous ways to reform the health care system in the coming years and is seeking state and federal help where needed.

February 11, 2021 | Daily News

The Biden administration bought another 200 million doses of coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, and the prices remain the same as previous purchases.

February 11, 2021 | Daily News

House Energy & Commerce Committee Democrats struck down Republicans’ attempt to direct FDA to use $100 million, of the $500 million allocated to the agency in E&C’s COVID-19 relief proposal, to review novel and repurposed therapies for COVID-19.

February 11, 2021 | Daily News

The United States would save $1.3 billion annually if FDA were to approve seven complex generics already available in Canada or Europe, according to report by US Matrix Global Advisors.

February 11, 2021 | Daily News

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on Thursday (Feb. 4) introduced an antitrust bill that could impact drug industry mergers and several drug industry practices, including product hopping and rebate walls, antitrust lawyers say.

February 11, 2021 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of senators on Thursday (Feb. 4) introduced narrowly tailored legislation to let FDA remove orphan drug exclusivity when drug companies cannot prove that drugs would be economically unviable if they were to face competition.

February 10, 2021 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s pandemic-relief bill would give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention $1 billion to strengthen the public’s confidence in coronavirus vaccines.

February 10, 2021 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee will mark up pandemic relief legislation Thursday (Feb. 11) that would give FDA $500 million to support review, development and postmarketing surveillance of COVID-19 vaccines, therapies and diagnostics and to take action to mitigate drug and device shortages.

February 10, 2021 | Daily News

The Pew Charitable Trusts and 15 other medical and advocacy organizations want Democratic and GOP congressional leaders to remove from the law certain training requirements for doctors who want to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder.

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