In a bid to bring more drug manufacturing back to the U.S. and to ensure an adequate supply of essential medicines, even in public health emergencies, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is forming a public-private consortium on advanced manufacturing and the onshoring of domestic production.
The American Clinical Laboratory (ACLA) filed an appeal to revive its lawsuit against the U.S. Health and Human Services challenging HHS’ overhaul of the medical clinical lab fee schedule over its “harmful regulatory overreach” that imposes an “unsustainable reimbursement model.”
The decision by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to suspend the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) rule a second time was controversial, but CMS’s Tamara Syrek Jensen vowed that the agency has made no final decision. Jensen acknowledged that the agency has not foreclosed a full-blown rescission of the MCIT proposal, a not-implausible outcome given the prospect that legislation in the works in the House Energy and Commerce Committee could render the rule moot.
Early feasibility studies for cardiology devices were a massive problem for the FDA and industry in times gone by, a problem that was believed to drive device flight from the U.S. That problem has been largely solved, according to the FDA’s Andrew Farb, but Farb noted that neurological devices are the next target for improved early feasibility study (EFS) development in the U.S., which suggests that the path to pivotal studies for devices in this space will soon be much less cumbersome.
Medtronic plc is ceasing global sales and distribution of its Heartware ventricular assist device (HVAD) due to safety concerns. The news sent Medtronic shares down about 1% in early morning trading. The Dublin-based company said it made the decision to stop selling the HVAD left ventricular assist device after clinical comparisons found a higher frequency of neurological adverse events, including stroke and mortality, with its heart pump device vs. other circulatory support systems.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is turning the biopharma industry’s claim about rebates on its ear, saying some rebates paid to pharmacy benefit managers and third-party payers are an anticompetitive tool drug companies use to maintain their U.S. market power.
Two weeks ago, it was a grilling by the House Oversight Committee over the pricing of blockbuster drugs Humira and Imbruvica and a request for the FTC to launch an investigation into Abbvie Inc.’s patent settlements that delayed Humira biosimilar competition in the U.S. until 2023. This week, Abbvie became the face of a new investigation by the Senate Finance Committee over how multinational companies are shifting profits overseas as a way to avoid U.S. taxes.
With the U.S. launch of the first deployable airborne COVID-19 detection system, Bioflyte Inc. is working to provide effective ways to sample the air and deliver results within an hour. The Sentinel integrated solution aims to prevent widespread infection in schools and workplaces.
With the rollout of its Avagen test, Avellino Lab USA Inc. hopes to see a significant change in the diagnosis and management of keratoconus, a common cause of blindness. The test quantifies the risk of keratoconus and definitively diagnoses other corneal dystrophies, which are frequently misdiagnosed or undiagnosed until late in their development, when treatment is less effective and vision already impaired.
Alivecor Inc. has elevated its patent dispute with Apple Inc. to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in a move that could damage the latter’s foray into digital health. Alivecor is alleging that Apple, of Cupertino, Calif., has infringed on Alivecor patents for electrocardiogram monitoring technology, a development that may foreshadow a continuing legal struggle between the two companies for a large and rapidly growing market.