OIG Work Plan Will Now Be Updated Monthly; 14 New Items Added for July

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that it will begin updating its Work Plan initiatives monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications, which was most recently released in November 2016. The OIG Work Plan describes audits, reviews and other work statutorily required or otherwise undertaken […]

Off-Label Use Gets Congressional Hearing

Tomorrow, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing tilted “Examining Medical Product Manufacturer Communications.” According to the Committee, the focus of the hearing will be how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can provide clarity for drug and device companies regarding dissemination of truthful and non-misleading data […]

User Fee Reauthorization Picks Up Steam

In preparation for a vote this week, the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce yesterday released a new draft of the user fee reauthorization.  The bill, titled the “FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017,” contains several new sections to align with user fee legislation passed by the Senate in […]

CMS Publishes 2016 Open Payments Data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published today the Open Payments data reported earlier this year by applicable drug, device, biologic and medical supply manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) related to payments and transfers of value to physicians and teaching institutions, and ownership or investment interests held by […]

Maine Enacts Gift Ban Law

Yesterday, An Act To Prohibit Certain Gifts to Health Care Practitioners became law in Maine without the signature of the Governor. 32 MRSA § 13759 prohibits licensed pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and wholesalers from providing a gift to a practitioner. Exceptions include: noncash items of minimal value that directly benefit the practitioner’s patients, […]

Nevada Enacts Transparency Bill Targeting Diabetes Drug Price Increases, Sales Representatives, PBMs, Nonprofit Organizations

As we discussed last week, Nevada’s Governor has signed into law SB 539, which provides sweeping transparency legislation related to several aspects of the pharmaceutical industry. Nevada joins several other states in adopting legislation aimed at addressing pharmaceutical price increases and other recent industry concerns. Diabetes Drug Pricing Reports February […]

Texas Becomes 50th State to Recognize Physician-Patient Relationship Established through Telemedicine

On May 27, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed S.B. 1107 (the “Bill”), making Texas the last state in the nation to allow for the establishment of a physician-patient relationship through a virtual visit. The recently passed legislation eases the regulations surrounding the delivery of telemedicine services in Texas, and has […]