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Senate Republicans Demand Info On HHS’ Antibody Contract With KPMG

Senate health committee Republicans, including ranking committee member Richard Burr (NC), demand HHS and the Defense Department provide detailed information about the agencies’ $142.7 million contract with advisory firm KPMG under which the company was supposed to develop a process to promote and increase access to monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19.

HHS Releases Rural Provider Relief, But Fight Continues Over Remainder

Medicaid Directors Cautiously Prepare For PHE To Expire In January

Armed With New Data, Pfizer To Seek Full Approval Of Vaccine For Adolescents

With Negotiators Stalled, IP Waiver Decision Falls To WTO Ministers

CDC Backs mRNA Boosters 18-Plus, But Stops Short Of Advisors’ Stance All 50-Plus ‘Should’ Get The Shot

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Title X awardees looking to expand their telehealth services can apply for $35 million in American Rescue Plan funds, the Biden administration announced Tuesday (Nov. 23), nearly a month after distributing its first Title X grants under the new rule that rolled back the Trump-era, so-called gag rule.

The White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing a proposed rule on 340B dispute resolution, but the purpose of the rule is not clear and the lawsuits over the current dispute resolution process don’t offer many clues.

Acting FDA chief Janet Woodcock defended FDA’s efforts to respond to the opioid epidemic, while also saying opioid overprescribing is still a problem that requires a change in prescriber behavior.

Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) said Wednesday (Nov. 17) the government should vary drug exclusivity periods based on the value of drugs to society, and Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) said he’d like to work with Arrington on that idea.

FDA conducted twice as many domestic facility inspections this year than it had previously planned, yet 60 applications are still on hold awaiting onsite inspections, 90% involving foreign facilities and four of which are mission critical, the agency reveals in an inspection roadmap update issued this week.

The Biden administration approved last Thursday (Nov. 18) its fourth 1115 waiver from states that want to expand their Medicaid postpartum coverage beyond 60 days, shortly before the House passed its Build Back Better legislation that includes mandatory one-year Medicaid coverage for new mothers.

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations will expand its COVID-19 vaccine testing network -- a global group of labs testing vaccine candidates using the same methods and materials -- to include development of vaccines against other epidemic and pandemic diseases, including diseases such as Chikungunya, Lassa fever, Middle East respiratory syndrome, Nipah, Rift Valley fever and a so-called ‘Disease X,’ the organization announced Monday (Nov. 22).

A coalition of rural health care advocates is pushing Congress to pass legislation that would create a rural health office within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, calling it a long-term solution to address rural health disparities further aggravated by COVID-19.

Reps. Ami Bera (D-CA) and Larry Bucshon (R-IN) introduced legislation to mitigate a 3.75% cut in the Medicare physician fee schedule set to kick in next year.