HHS Announces New Telehealth Funding For Title X Clinics

HHS is awarding an additional $16.3 million in American Rescue Plan funding for Title X family planning providers to offer telehealth services -- a move that could expand the clinics’ ability to refer patients for abortions as the Supreme Court appears poised to overturn Roe v Wade and potentially lay the groundwork for states to limit other reproductive health services. While the grantees must comply with the Hyde Amendment prohibition against using federal funding for abortions except to save...
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Food Safety Org Wants To Meet With Califf Over Genome Editing Concerns

The Center for Food Safety is requesting a meeting with FDA head Robert Califf to discuss the group’s concerns over the agency’s regulation of genetically altered animals and especially its recent decision to declare that products from two beef cattle that underwent an intentional genomic alteration are low-risk and can be marketed without agency approval. Jaydee Hanson, policy director at the Center for Food Safety, believes the approval was borderline irresponsible as it relied on an expedited review process typically...
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FDA Week - 05/13/2022
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FSMB Adopts New Guidance On Medical Misinformation In Social Media

The Federation of State Medical Boards has adopted a new guidance advising boards to develop clear policies on how they will respond to instances of physicians spreading medical misinformation through social media and other means related to the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues. State policies vary on what actions medical boards can take in response to misinformation, and FSMB calls on state medical boards to adopt policies that specify disciplinary and non-disciplinary actions they can take. The guidance says an...
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Maryland Invests In Remote Access To Medication History For EMS

The state of Maryland’s 2023 budget includes funding for a mobile app that will allow emergency responders to access a patient’s medication history remotely, even if the patient is unable to communicate, and to teleconference with physicians by scanning an ID. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) included $500,000 for the software in his 2023 budget request. The application, Backline EMS, gives first responders remote access to patient medication records to assist them in deciding on the best course of treatment...
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J&J Sues Express Scripts’ Specialty Medication Partner SaveOnSP

Johnson & Johnson filed a lawsuit against Save On Specialty Prescriptions that accuses the drug-benefit middleman of bilking J&J’s copay assistance program out of at least $100 million. The drug maker seeks damages and asks that the court make SaveOnSP stop the program. In a May 5 complaint filed in a federal court in New Jersey, the drug company says SaveOnSP interferes with the contracts patients enter when participating in J&J’s CarePath program. The scheme intentionally circumvents Affordable Care Act...
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Inside Drug Pricing - 05/16/2022
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Senate GOP Bill Aims To Stop Vaccine IP Waiver Negotiations

Senate Republicans introduced legislation in April to prevent the Biden administration from supporting a waiver that would require drug makers to share COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property and manufacturing information with low-income countries. Spearheaded by Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), the No Free TRIPS Act would protect the IP of American vaccine manufacturers from foreign countries that want to make their own vaccines. One week after the bill’s introduction, however, the World Trade Organization proposed a compromise version of the TRIPS waiver...
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