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Will Congress Provide Sequester "Flexibility" for User Fees?

Just about every federal program and affected interest group is pressing for relief from the 8% across-the-board cuts in funding imposed by the budget sequestration mandate. Recent fast action on Capitol Hill to curb personnel furloughs of air traffic controllers by the Federal Aviation Administration, though, has spurred lobbying for similar treatment across many fronts.
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Budget Cutters Propose Big Hits on Pharma

By Jill Wechsler, Washington Correspondent. The Obama administration’s budget plan for fiscal year 2014 apparently assumes that the pharmaceutical industry can support Medicare and other health programs through changes in drug coverage and payments. It also relies on industry fees to keep the Food and Drug Administration up and running. Meanwhile, FDA and other public […]
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Sequestration: How Big a Hit for FDA, Research and Pharma?

The greatly feared federal budget sequestration mandate went into effect March 1, and, initially, the impact was fairly muted. The stock market soared, employment rose and government workers continued on their jobs. Federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), launched initiatives to comply with the mandated 5% across-the-board cut in spending (in reality […]
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Getting it Done in Washington

During his fifth State of the Union address, President Obama struck many familiar chords – including a line about ending certain subsidies to pharmaceutical companies – and emphasized, repeatedly, the need to get things done on the policy front. Will the sequestration drum beat goad members of the 113th Congress onto the dance floor?
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Ethics in Drug Innovation: The First Hurdle is Trust

By Ansis Helmanis Ethics is a matter of trust, which in the regulatory space requires transparency and openness among all stakeholders, including patients and industry.  This was the consensus of FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and European Medicines Agency (EMA) Executive Director Guido Rasi, both of whom shared the podium with Nobel Laureate Professor Elie Wiesel […]
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