Author Archives: Jill Wechsler

Breakthrough Therapy Program Exceeds FDA’s Expectations

The two-year-old initiative to accelerate the development and approval of highly effective drugs and biologics has enabled a number of important new medicines to reach patients sooner,  according to Janet Woodcock, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). Twelve breakthrough drugs have been approved over the past two years, for several critical […]
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CMS Struggles to Fix Sunshine System

The feds have “a long way to go” to get the Open Payments system operating effectively and user friendly, according to officials in charge of the financial disclosure program. “Sunshine” went live September 30, 2014, as scheduled, but incomplete and contradictory data listings made it necessary to withhold nearly one-third of financial transaction reports from […]
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New Republican Congress to Tackle Health Reform, Biomedical Innovation, Tax Policy

The 2014 mid-term elections handed over control of the Senate to Republicans and boosted the GOP majority in the House, a clear blow to Obama administration policies, including the president’s landmark health reform initiative.  Voters were most dismayed about the economy and lack of jobs, but U.S. military snafus overseas and concerns about the Ebola […]
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"Sunshine" Policy Continues To Exempt CME Funding

A federal policy issued late last week appeared to deal a serious blow to continuing medical education (CME) programs supported by biopharma companies. But the specifics published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Oct. 31, 2014 actually continue to exempt independent CME funding from the Open Payments reporting requirements for transfers of […]
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Legislators Urge Added Incentives for Ebola Drug Development

Leading Senators are proposing legislation to add Ebola to the list of diseases eligible for priority review vouchers from the Food and Drug Administration as an incentive for biopharma companies to invest in treatments for this deadly disease. The priority review voucher (PRV) program for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) currently applies to 16 deadly conditions […]
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