September 16, 2002

The Honorable «First_Name» «Last_Name»

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator «Last_Name»:

PhRMA Policy Position:

Legislative Solution for 2003 OPPS Payment Rates


In a strongly worded Sept. 6 letter, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) has called on the General Accounting (GAO) office to withdraw a recent report studying the response by skilled nursing facilities to Medicare's prospective payment system. AHCA contends that the report is biased, incomplete and misleading. AHCA Letter GAO Study


From: Deputy Commissioner

To: FDA Wide

Subject: All Hands Bulletin

This morning at 9:30, President Bush will announce his intention to nominate Dr. Mark McClellan for the position of Commissioner of Food and Drugs. The position is of course subject to Senate confirmation.

I have gotten to know Mark well over the last year and consider him an excellent choice to lead the Agency.



September 19, 2002

The Honorable Tommy G. Thompson

Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Hubert H. Humphrey Building

200 Independence Avenue, S.W.

Washington, DC 20201

Dear Secretary Thompson:

This letter is to express our deep concern about reports that the Administration is engaging in a wholesale replacement of the experts on key scientific advisory committees.



Tuesday, September 24, 2002

CONTACT: Ken Johnson or Vikki Riley


Full Committee to Markup Medical Errors,

Medical Device User Fee, Other Health Bills



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