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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.

Democrats are looking to lower Rx drug prices. Here's how.

January 11, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on Thursday introduced legislation intended to lower prescription drug costs in the United States, including measures that would allow U.S. residents to import drugs and Medicare Part D to negotiate drug prices.

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.

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.

Eli Lilly is 1st drugmaker to post prices online under new PhRMA policy

January 10, 2019

Eli Lilly has become the first drugmaker to begin complying with an initiative Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America announced last year, under which its members will direct consumers to company websites with pricing information for their products.

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.

What's driving Rx drug cost increases? The answer is two-fold, study finds.

January 9, 2019

Prescription drug costs in the United States continue to rise each year, and while there has been some debate as to what is driving those increases, a new study suggests there are two key factors that influence the market in different ways.

'One face' of an epidemic: The viral obituary of a woman who overdosed on opioids

January 9, 2019

Maddie Linsenmeir died last fall of an opioid overdose, and her family chose to share her much-read story so others dealing with substance use disorders know "every breath is a fresh start," and to encourage individuals "reading [the obituary] with judgment" to "educate [themselves] about this disease, because that is what it is. It is not a choice or a weakness."

SCOTUS rejects Rx drug patent cases

January 8, 2019

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear separate cases related to patents for cholesterol and hepatitis C treatments.

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