Tag: HHS

FDA Finalizes Two Guidance Documents Regarding Medical Product Communications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two final guidances yesterday regarding medical communications: Drug and Device Manufacturer Communications With Payors, Formulary Committees, and Similar Entities — Questions and Answers (Payor Communications Guidance) and Medical Product Communications That Are Consistent With the FDA-Required Labeling — Questions and Answers (Medical Products Communications Guidance). These guidances […]

**UPDATED*** Administration Releases Long-Awaited Drug Pricing Reform Plan

***5/14/2018 Update***   This morning, HHS Secretary Azar gave a speech offering additional details on the Blueprint.  Included in his remarks are plans to publicly identify companies suspected of “using public health rules to pad their profits”; send letters to all Medicare Part D plan sponsors indicating gag clauses in pharmacy contracts are unacceptable […]

President set to outline drug pricing plan: how far will it go?

Tomorrow at 2 p.m., EST,  the President is scheduled to deliver a long-awaited drug pricing strategy speech to put “America’s patients first.”  While details of the speech have been closely held, it is anticipated that it will  discuss a “comprehensive strategy” for combating the rising cost of prescription drugs and build on two previous actions which […]

White House Declares Opioid “Public Health Emergency” However, Many Questions Remain

Last week, the White House declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency.” The declaration outlined a number of steps the Administration will take to address the epidemic. The public health emergency declaration, while acknowledging the scope and tragic costs of opioid abuse, falls short of a “national emergency” declaration […]

With Congress stuck, Administration starts process of unwinding ACA – Updated

Last week, the Administration took two actions aimed at rattling the foundations of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The President signed an Executive Order (EO) directing federal agencies to relax restrictions on insurance plans that do not have to comply with certain ACA rules.  The Administration followed that with an announcement […]

OIG Releases October Work Plan Items; Includes Opioid REMS and Specialty Drug Coverage and Medicare Reimbursement

As we recently announced, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications. The October updates include 5 new Work Plan items: Secretary Price’s Use of Chartered Aircraft for Federal Travel. OIG is reviewing Secretary Price’s use of chartered aircraft for Federal travel […]

OIG Releases September Work Plan Items; Includes Part D Sponsor Reporting of Rebates and Price Concessions to Medicare

As we recently announced, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications. The September updates include 9 new Work Plan items: Federal Marketplace Enrollment Systems. OIG will assess operational readiness, internal controls, and IT security in preparation for the fifth open enrollment period. […]