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Amid Hope for Pfizer Vaccine, States Grapple with Distribution
State News
Amid Hope for Pfizer Vaccine, States Grapple with Distribution

A COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer Inc. may be on the horizon, but the cost of distributing vaccines across all 50 states and who will pay for that operation remains a huge stumbling block. What is clear is that much of the financial... Read More

Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Appears to be 90% Effective
Health
Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Appears to be 90% Effective
2020-11-09 21:30:37
by Dan McCue

Stocks surged around the world Monday after Pfizer announced that early results from trials of its coronavirus vaccine suggest the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. But President-elect Joe Biden quickly reminded Americans that the good news does... Read More

Biden Advisers Met With Warp Speed Drugmakers Before Election
Health
Biden Advisers Met With Warp Speed Drugmakers Before Election

President-elect Joe Biden's health care advisers have held talks with pharmaceutical-industry executives in which they discussed Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. development program for coronavirus vaccines and treatments, according to people familiar with the matter. Biden advisers met with companies that have COVID-19 vaccines... Read More

Supreme Court Hears Drug Benefits Case with Wide-Ranging Impact
Prescription Drugs
Supreme Court Hears Drug Benefits Case with Wide-Ranging Impact

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on state regulation of prescription drug benefit companies in a case with potential impacts for health care across most of the country. Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association addresses a 2015 Arkansas... Read More

Pharma Lobby Disputes Trump’s Claim That Drug Companies Are Negotiating
Prescription Drugs
Pharma Lobby Disputes Trump’s Claim That Drug Companies Are Negotiating

WASHINGTON — The pharmaceutical industry’s leading lobby group said Tuesday it did not know of a meeting at the White House to discuss lowering prescription drug prices, after President Donald Trump said executives were coming in this week to negotiate.... Read More

Trump to Require Government to Buy American When It Comes to 'Essential' Drugs
Prescription Drugs
Trump to Require Government to Buy American When It Comes to 'Essential' Drugs
2020-08-06 17:45:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday requiring the federal government to buy "essential" drugs from U.S. companies, a White House trade advisor said. “If we’ve learned anything from the China virus pandemic, it is that we... Read More

Slipping in Polls, President Banks All on Hastily Assembled Pharma Policy
Prescription Drugs
Slipping in Polls, President Banks All on Hastily Assembled Pharma Policy
2020-07-24 23:26:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed four executive orders Friday afternoon that he says will dramatically reduce the cost of prescription drugs. But even before his press conference in the Old Executive Office building was over, the orders were being... Read More

Schrader's Bipartisan Approach to Legislating Reaps Benefits on Drug Pricing, Education
Congress
Schrader's Bipartisan Approach to Legislating Reaps Benefits on Drug Pricing, Education
2020-03-19 20:51:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kurt Schrader doesn't miss a chance to reach across the aisle if it will benefit his constituents. Among the most recent of multiple examples is the Oregon representative’s introduction of H.R. 4455, the Bolstering Innovative Options to... Read More

Georgia City Sues Drug Company Over Medicine That Went from $40 to $39,000
Litigation
Georgia City Sues Drug Company Over Medicine That Went from $40 to $39,000

ATLANTA — The city of Marietta, Ga., has filed a class action lawsuit against a drug company after the price of a decades-old medicine went from $40 a vial to more than $39,000. The city, which covers health care costs... Read More

Congress Weighs Options to Control Opioid Copycats
In The News
Congress Weighs Options to Control Opioid Copycats
2020-01-31 13:15:30
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Drug control experts urged Congress Tuesday to take quick action to prevent drugs created by clandestine chemists that mimic the effects of opioids from entering legal and illegal marketplaces. They suggested that Congress turn a temporary order on... Read More

Congress Seeks Drug-Pricing Deal in Spite of 2020 Rancor
Prescription Drugs
Congress Seeks Drug-Pricing Deal in Spite of 2020 Rancor

WASHINGTON — In an election year when nobody expects Congress to pass meaningful legislation, lawmakers are feeling strong political pressure to reach a deal on at least one main voter priority: lowering drug prices. The most likely result could be... Read More

Horn Seeking to Address Prescription Drug Prices in ‘Smart and Effective’ Ways
Prescription Drugs
Horn Seeking to Address Prescription Drug Prices in ‘Smart and Effective’ Ways
2019-12-12 15:32:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kendra Horn believes it should come as no surprise to anyone that reining in runaway prescription drug prices has been a top priority of members of the 116th Congress. "After all, they are something that impacts just... Read More

Cunningham Hit Ground Running When It Came To Tamping Down on Drug Prices
Prescription Drugs
Cunningham Hit Ground Running When It Came To Tamping Down on Drug Prices
2019-12-04 22:50:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Rep. Joe Cunningham's race for Congress quickly became the stuff of local legend. Here was a first-time candidate, a Democrat running in a staunchly Republican district, who defeated a well-financed GOP opponent,... Read More

Brindisi Working to Rein in High Prescription Drug Prices
Prescription Drugs
Brindisi Working to Rein in High Prescription Drug Prices
2019-12-04 22:48:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., knows the stories all too well. Time and again during town halls and community events in his district, he's heard the first-hand stories of hardworking families who've had to choose between paying for a... Read More

Murphy Leads Effort to Revive Bipartisan Addiction Treatment Bill
Health
Murphy Leads Effort to Revive Bipartisan Addiction Treatment Bill
2019-12-04 22:42:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., joined with Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Annie Kuster, D-N.H., to re-introduce the Road to Recovery Act, a bill that would improve addiction treatment options under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Specifically,... Read More

Rep. McAdams Backs Legislation to Speed Generic Medications to Market
Prescription Drugs
Rep. McAdams Backs Legislation to Speed Generic Medications to Market
2019-12-04 22:39:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - While some continue to merely talk about the need to rein in prescription drug prices, Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, has actually taken action on bipartisan legislation to help lower the cost of often life-changing medications. Along with fellow... Read More

Peters Helps Advance Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Prices From Committee
Prescription Drugs
Peters Helps Advance Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Prices From Committee
2019-11-08 21:18:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., helped advance H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, joining the majority of his colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee in voting to send the measure on to the full House. The... Read More

Rose Hosts District Roundtable on Prescription Drug Prices
Prescription Drugs
Rose Hosts District Roundtable on Prescription Drug Prices
2019-10-22 13:07:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Max Rose hosted a roundtable for seniors in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Saturday to bring them up to speed on his proposal to lower prescription drug prices. Rose met with members of AARP Bay Ridge Chapter 3630 to... Read More

Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Take Up Additional Bipartisan Drug Pricing Legislation
Prescription Drugs
Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Take Up Additional Bipartisan Drug Pricing Legislation
2019-10-08 22:57:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON—As the House continues its consideration of H.R. 3, Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019, the Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed and called on Congress to take up a series of additional prescription drug pricing bills that, if taken... Read More

Grassley Anticipates Bipartisan Push to Lower Prescription Drug Prices
Prescription Drugs
Grassley Anticipates Bipartisan Push to Lower Prescription Drug Prices
2019-08-27 20:46:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley, R- Iowa, is expected to mount a full-court, bipartisan press to see that legislation lowering prescription drug prices is passed before the end of the year. Chairman Grassley recently met with Senate Health... Read More

Gottheimer Applauds Pharmacy Effort to Help Combat Opioid Crisis
Substance Abuse
Gottheimer Applauds Pharmacy Effort to Help Combat Opioid Crisis
2019-08-05 21:46:54
by Dan McCue

Representative Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., visited a Walgreens pharmacy in Waldwick, New Jersey with Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton to discuss how local communities are addressing the opioid crisis and substance abuse in general. Deaths from drug overdoses in New Jersey... Read More

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