Two subcommittees of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee have moved their respective appropriations proposals for the FDA and the NIH, restarting a process that has worked smoothly over the past couple of years. Still, Republicans in both committees objected to the use of emergency funding mechanisms in lieu of more routine appropriations.
On Tuesday, July 7, Judge Stacey Jernigan of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas ruled that Endologix Inc. could take an initial draw of $10 million from a Chapter 11 loan from its largest lender, Deerfield Partners. A day earlier, Endologix filed a voluntary Chapter 11 case and a consensual plan of reorganization supported by Deerfield.
The question of prices for a COVID-19 vaccine have raged in recent days. Gary Disbrow, acting director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), told members of a Senate committee that vaccines developed with the help of taxpayer funding will come with an appropriate reduction in price. However, CDC Director Robert Redfield emphasized that the cold-chain distribution system for those products requires the same kind of at-risk investment that is used for vaccine development.
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the much-anticipated draft do-over of the mitral valve repair device coverage memo, and in the process renamed the policy the mitral valve transcatheter edge-to-edge repair (TEER) national coverage memo.
Biosimilars referencing Amgen Inc.’s rheumatoid arthritis drug, Enbrel (etanercept), could remain sidelined in the U.S. for nearly another decade, following a Federal Circuit decision Wednesday affirming the validity of two patents protecting etanercept and its manufacturing methods.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is looking for more discounts from prescription drug manufacturers, but it likely will be a few years before the ask becomes reality as it will require congressional action and federal rulemaking.
The push for a vaccine for the COVID-19 pandemic may have no parallel in pharmaceutical history, and FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn vowed in a Senate hearing that the agency will rely on the agency’s traditional standards for scientific evidence in premarket reviews of those vaccines.
Citing the First Amendment, the Fifth Amendment and the logic of fair play, Pfizer Inc. is taking on a Health and Human Services’ (HHS) antitrust policy that prohibits drug companies from helping Medicare beneficiaries with hefty copays.
Ethicon U.S. LLC has prevailed in a preliminary action seeking a temporary restraining order against Advanced Inventory Management (AIM) Inc., of Mokena, Ill., which is accused of having imported and sold surgical supplies falsely bearing the Ethicon trademark. Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson of New Brunswick, N.J., further alleges the sutures were bacterially contaminated and defective.
Conventional wisdom has it that recent expansions in coverage of telehealth will never be fully reversed. The addition of artificial intelligence (AI) into telehealth could solve several issues faced by doctors and hospitals. There is some concern, however, that the blending of AI and telehealth will industrialize the practice of medicine, dissuading patients from seeking critically needed care.