The Biden administration’s fiscal 2022 budget proposal included an allocation for an office described as the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Health, or ARPA-H, which would receive $6.5 billion as part of the National Institutes of Health.
The latest global regulatory news, changes and updates affecting medical devices and technologies, including: FDA reverses HHS premarket notification exemptions; ITC will check findings for Zimmer/Heraeus dispute.
The Biden administration has released an exceedingly brief budget framework for fiscal year 2022 that includes $6.5 billion for an advanced research program at the NIH, which mimics a similar program at the Department of Defense (DoD). Beyond that, there is a clear indication that the CDC would see an uptick in monies, but the proposal offers no numbers for the FDA budget, making this one of the skinnier budget proposals to come out of the White House in recent memory.
The latest global regulatory news, changes and updates affecting medical devices and technologies, including: HHS, DOJ officials highlight pandemic response needs; FDA says plenty of respirators available; NICE supports use of Danis for variceal hemorrhage.
The latest global regulatory news, changes and updates affecting medical devices and technologies, including: FDA seeks nominations for blood products advisory panel; Massachusetts hospital hit for HIPAA access non-compliance; No reports recorded for Medtronic recall; Tillis, Cotton eye patent examiner practice for Section 101 problem.
The latest global regulatory news, changes and updates affecting medical devices and technologies, including: SUNSET rule suspended; Alliance calls for speedy nomination of FDA commissioner; Pandemic costly to TB effort; FDA announces May 4 patient data meeting.
Although U.S. President Joe Biden has yet to nominate his choice to lead the FDA, his nomination of Xavier Becerra as the next Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary – and Becerra’s Senate confirmation March 18 – could signal a shift to a more conservative approach at the FDA when it comes to approving new drugs and devices.
The Biden administration imposed a regulatory freeze in January, which among other things affected the final rule for the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technologies (MCIT) program. Despite the freeze, Cybil Roehrenbeck, a partner in the D.C. office of Hogan Lovells US LLP, told BioWorld that this program enjoys broad support in Washington, and thus should survive the new administration’s review of the program under Xavier Becerra, should he be appointed the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing for the appointment of Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services ended in a tie vote, which not unexpectedly ran along party lines. The nomination of Becerra was controversial on several fronts, but the outcome nonetheless sends the nomination to the Senate floor, where Vice President Kamala Harris may cast the deciding vote in what is likely to be a literal 50-50 deadlock.