It may be winter in the U.S., but the 2020 campaign season is heating up, especially in swing states that could determine political and ideological control of Congress. Those states are being stormed with ads picking up on public outrage over prescription drug prices.
With today’s 18-5 vote in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to send Stephen Hahn’s nomination to the full U.S. Senate, the oncologist who currently serves as chief medical officer at the MD Anderson Cancer Center is just a step away from being confirmed as the next FDA commissioner.
With today’s 18-5 vote in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) to send Stephen Hahn’s nomination to the full U.S. Senate, the oncologist who currently serves as chief medical officer at the MD Anderson Cancer Center is just a step away from being confirmed as the next FDA commissioner.
Patient engagement has become more than a buzzword for the FDA and drug and device developers. But for payers, not so much. When valuing new drugs and devices, payers often undervalue or ignore what they may consider convenience updates, giving little to no consideration to the difference a seemingly minor improvement could make to patients debilitated by fatigue, pain, the burden of treatment and the burden of a disease itself.
The fish were biting Tuesday at Amarin Corp., as the FDA released its briefing documents for Thursday's advisory committee review of a first-of-its-kind indication for the company's fish oil-based Vascepa.
Bowing to congressional pressure, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Wednesday filed suit against Gilead Sciences Inc. for infringing government patents related to the use of HIV drugs Truvada and Descovy for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
Whether prescription drug prices are skyrocketing in the U.S. is a question of perspective and context. Patients needing regular refills of insulin or certain other brand drugs with no generics are seeing their out-of-pocket costs going up, sometimes with every trip to the pharmacy.
Those cheap prescription drug prices other countries get? They're not always the result of savvy government negotiations. An antitrust suit the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit dismissed Tuesday alleges that some of those low prices may be innovator shenanigans intended to prevent or delay biosimilar competition in the U.S. market.
How much Senate Democrats oppose President Donald Trump's new nominee to take over the reins of the FDA could depend on whom they dislike or distrust more – Stephen Hahn, the nominee, or Brett Giroir, who just became the new acting FDA commissioner.