The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) ordered six drug companies May 17 to immediately resume providing 340B discounts to contract pharmacies without restrictions and to credit or refund overcharges stemming from those restrictions.
It looks like the two biosimilars referencing Amgen Inc.’s Enbrel (etanercept) will have to wait out the rest of the decade before launching in the U.S. The U.S. Supreme Court declined May 17 to hear Sandoz Inc.’s appeal of last year’s split Federal Circuit ruling affirming the validity of two patents protecting etanercept and its manufacturing methods
To accelerate drug development targeting the pandemic, the FDA issued final guidance May 17 on master protocols for drugs intended to prevent or treat COVID-19 infections. Although the guidance is geared toward developing COVID-19 drugs, the FDA said it expects master protocols to continue to play an important role in addressing the public health needs in future pandemics.
As part of its ongoing investigation into what it considers excessive price increases for some prescription drugs, the U.S. House Oversight Committee plans to put Abbvie Inc. CEO and Chairman Richard Gonzalez on the hot seat May 18 for a grilling on the company’s pricing of Humira and Imbruvica.
The latest report by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) includes an advisory about unfettered expansion of telehealth, but the commission also said that expanded access to ambulatory surgical centers could trim per-procedure spending, which in some instances is about half the fee paid for a given procedure when performed in a hospital outpatient department (HOPD).
In the last decade, responsive neurostimulation (RNS) has become a mainstay of treatment for refractory focal epilepsy, but challenges with the technology remain. Researchers at Columbia University in New York appear to have overcome some of the major limitations through development of a compact, flexible, high performance implantable device that permits reading and manipulation of brain circuits.
Egnite Inc. emerged from stealth mode in February 2021 with the goal of combining data analytics and digital health technology to illuminate and solve persistent issues in the diagnosis and treatment of structural heart disease. Three months later, it has added artificial intelligence (AI) to its flagship solution, Cardiocare, to drive better diagnosis of aortic stenosis and help physicians predict patient outcomes.
It came as no surprise May 12 that the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 14-0, with one recusal, to recommend the use of Pfizer Inc.-Biontech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine, Comirnaty (tozinameran), in 12- to 15-year-olds following the FDA’s decision earlier this week to expand the vaccine’s emergency use authorization (EUA) to that age group.
The 2021 Special 301 Report recently released by the U.S. Trade Representative is mostly déjà vu for the 32 countries included on the Priority Watch and Watch Lists, as all of them have appeared before on the lists that call out U.S. trading partners for unfair IP practices that disadvantage foreign companies.
The Biden administration’s May 5 about-face on the proposed TRIPS waiver of intellectual property (IP) protections for COVID-19-related medical products is not playing well with U.S. industry, EU trading partners and others concerned about the long-term unintended consequences.