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Shutdown, Day 20: House passes bill to fund FDA, but it's likely not going anywhere

January 11, 2019

The House on Thursday voted 243-183 to approve a bill to fund the Department of Agriculture, which includes funding for FDA and would end a partial shutdown at the agency, though it is unlikely the bill will advance in the Senate.

FDA to launch new office to streamline drug approvals

January 11, 2019

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Tuesday said the agency will create a new office tasked with developing a standardized approach for evaluating drugs.

In the states: Idaho to move forward with 'state-based' health plans, Maine to implement Medicaid expansion, and more

January 11, 2019

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Shutdown, Day 19: FDA suspends some food and drug activities, IHS facilities face closures, and more

January 10, 2019

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the agency has suspended all routine inspections of U.S. food-processing facilities because of the partial government shutdown, which caused FDA to furlough about 41% of its staff, but he is working on a plan to bring back some food inspectors as soon as next week to inspect facilities that are considered high-risk.

Grassley lays out health care priorities—and starts with a bill to import drugs from Canada

January 10, 2019

New Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Wednesday laid out his priorities regarding prescription drug prices and released draft legislation that would allow U.S. residents to import drugs from Canada.

SCOTUS hears oral arguments in FDA drug labeling case. Here’s what it could mean for the industry.

January 10, 2019

The Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in a case centered on whether a drugmaker is liable under state law for drug-related injuries when FDA denies the drugmaker's request to revise a product's warning label.

Meet CMS' new acting Medicaid director

January 9, 2019

Chris Traylor, who previously served as CMS' deputy administrator for strategic initiatives, will assume the role of acting director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP, replacing Mary Mayhew, who resigned from the post last week.

Do mandatory bundled payments lower health spending? A new study suggests yes—but only slightly.

January 8, 2019

A new study suggests Medicare's Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program led to a modest reduction in spending on hip and knee replacement surgeries over a two-year period.

Trump's Medicaid director, Mary Mayhew, resigns. Here's why.

January 7, 2019

Mary Mayhew, CMS' deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP, is leaving the agency after a short tenure to run Florida's health care agency.

Why these food additives are banned in Europe—but not in the United States.

January 7, 2019

The New York Times' "Well" rounds up a list of food additives linked to cancer and other health problems that are banned in the European Union but commonly used in the United States—despite calls to ban them.

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