Tag Archives: Congress
By Guest Blogger | Published: April 4, 2013
by William Kitchens On March 21, 2013, the United States Senate approved an amendment by a vote of 79 to 20 to repeal the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax. The tax, which went into effect this past January, was included as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
By Ben Comer | Published: April 4, 2013
Cash-strapped states are shifting patients from traditional fee-for-service Medicaid coverage to managed Medicaid plans. The IMS Institute of Healthcare Informatics took an early look at how this trend effects prescription drug utilization.
By Guest Blogger | Published: March 14, 2013
By Niels Erik Hansen Last fall’s deadly meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroid injections is a tragic reminder of the risk of errors inherent in manual pharmacy medication compounding. Unsanitary conditions at the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy that made the injections resulted in fungal contamination of the drugs. The resulting outbreak sickened nearly 700 people in […]
By Jill Wechsler | Published: January 28, 2013
In the dog-eat-dog world of federal deficit reduction, there seems to be one health-related spending cut with broad bi-partisan support: require drug companies to give the federal government “a better deal on medications for low-income people on Medicare.” Nearly 70% of respondents back this strategy, according to a survey sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation […]
By Ben Comer | Published: August 16, 2011
Three of the twelve appointees to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (aka Super Committee) received over $300,000 in campaign contributions from pharmaceutical companies, according to Center for Responsive Politics data, and a MapLight analysis.