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    Updated: House and Senate Pass Tax Overhaul

    The US House of Representatives and the Senate on Wednesday passed the GOP tax overhaul bill. President Donald Trump indicated he will sign the bill into a law. Bill Details Members of the House-Senate Conference Committee on Friday released the final text of the bill, which would reduce the rare disease research tax credits biopharma companies can claim by half . The cut would reduce the credits claimed by companies by $32.5 billion from 2018 to 2027, according t...
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    Senate, House Agree to Cut Orphan Drug Research Credit in Half in Tax Bill

    Members of the House-Senate Conference Committee discussing the GOP's tax overhaul plan on Friday released the final text of the bill, which would reduce the rare disease research tax credits biopharma companies can claim by half. Currently, companies can claim a 50% tax credit for qualified clinical testing expenses incurred in testing certain drugs for rare diseases or conditions, generally referred to as "orphan drugs," affecting fewer than 200,000 persons in th...
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    White House Doubles Down on Call to Fund FDA Entirely With Industry Fees

    Following the House of Represenatatives' passage of the bill to reauthorize US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fees on Wednesday, the White House doubled down on its earlier call to amend the agreements so that FDA is entirely funded by medical products industries. "The Administration urges the Congress to provide for 100 percent user fee funding within the reauthorized programs," the White House said in a statement . "In an era of renewed fiscal restraint,...
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    ‘FAST’ Generics Act Seeks to Thwart Abuse of FDA Safety Programs

    A bipartisan House bill introduced on Friday seeks to stop pharmaceutical companies from blocking generic competitors by abusing US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety programs. The “Fair Access for Safe and Timely Generics Act of 2017,” or “FAST Generics Act of 2017,” introduced by Reps. David McKinley (R-WV) and Peter Welch (D-VT) would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure that eligible generic and biosimilar developers have competitive acce...
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    Democrats Revive Canada Drug Import Bill as Safety Questions Linger

    Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and several colleagues who previously opposed such a measure, Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bob Casey (D-PA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Angus King (I-ME), alongside Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) on Tuesday revived legislation lingering for more than a decade to allow the importation of medicines from Canada and other countries to help lower US drug prices. Sanders called the bill "critical" on Tuesday at a press conference, saying...
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    Maryland Goes a Step Further to Rein in Drug Price Spikes

    A Maryland bill to shine more light on prescription drug prices takes the standard for state transparency efforts a step further by not only requiring pharmaceutical companies to offer a peek into their innerworkings but requires annual reports to be audited by third parties. The bill has drawn criticism from industry groups and others who say such independent audits would be overly burdensome for industry and that the $2500 threshold might include too many drugs as ot...
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    Cassidy Says Obamacare Repeal Will Not Repeal Biosimilars Approval Pathway

    Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) told attendees of a policy briefing at the Newseum on Wednesday that when Republicans repeal Obamacare, which is expected to occur soon after President-elect Donald Trump takes office, the approval pathway for biosimilars that was created thanks to that law will not go away. “I can imagine this provision will be carved out, if you will…part of the problem with the ACA [ Affordable Care Act ] is that it became so big that it was hard to totally ...
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    A ‘Cures’ Revival? Congress Looks to Lame Duck Session to Pass Bill Overhauling FDA, NIH

    With the election just eight days away, House and Senate Republicans are working hard to re-shape a wide-ranging bill lingering for more than two years that would overhaul the way the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviews medical devices and significantly increase (to the tune of almost $9 billion over five years) funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), among other major changes. Last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Spe...
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    Senate Democrats Call for FDA, NIH Funding Boost as Other Bills Emerge

    Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) on Thursday introduced a bill that would provide $5 billion per year in new funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). The boost in funds for FDA and NIH, backed by the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee Democrats, comes almost a month after the committee, still looking to pass companion legislation to the House-passed 21st Century Cures bill , advan...
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    Congressional Spending Deal Offers $132m More for FDA in 2016

    As House and Senate lawmakers race to approve a bill to fund the US government for 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should see a slight bump in discretionary funding of $132 million over last year. The proposed agreement, which is expected to face a vote on Friday, includes increases of $104.5 million for food safety related activities; $5 million for implementation of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act ( FDASIA ); $8.7 million for ...
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    FDA Legislation Tracker

    Each year, legislators introduce dozens of pieces of legislation hoping to change how the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biologics and dietary supplements. Regulatory Focus is pleased to offer this webpage as a way to keep track of legislation—both passed and proposed—intending to affect areas regulated by FDA. We intend to update this webpage regularly, so please check back often. Can't find legislation you know exists...
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    Congress Eyes Wider Use of Third-Party Medical Device Assessments

    A revised version of the 21st Century Cures Act , a bill being considered by the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee, would allow medical device manufacturers to leverage third-party auditors to assess the state of their quality manufacturing systems. The measure, contained within the "Medical Device Regulatory Process Improvements" section of the bill, was first introduced in the original draft of the 21st Century Cures Act , but was removed without expla...