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Hearings/Markups House Judiciary Committee: “TBA Markup on CREATES Act, Pay-for-Delay Legislation” The House Judiciary Committee is planning a markup on the CREATES Act and pay-for-delay legislation. The date of the markup is to be announced. Last month, Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said he intended to introduce a bill to prohibit deals in which a brand drug maker pays a generic competitor to abandon a patent challenge, delaying their entry into the market. Rep. Nadler…
Hearings/Markups Senate Finance Committee: “Drug Pricing in America: A Prescription for Change, Part III” Tuesday, April 9, 2019: The Senate Finance Committee continued its drug pricing series by inviting pharmacy benefit manager companies (PBMs) to testify before the committee. The invitation was extended on March 12 to Cigna, CVS Caremark and CVS Health, Humana, OptumRx and Prime Therapeutics. The hearing was rescheduled to April 9 due to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s joint address to…
Hearings House Committee on Energy and Commerce: “Priced Out of a Lifesaving Drug: The Human Impact of Rising Insulin Costs” Tuesday, April 2, 2019: The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing to address the consequences of rising insulin costs. This was the second hearing on the rising prices of insulin. The subcommittee chair, Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), is also chair of the House Diabetes Caucus.…
Hearings House Committee on the Budget: “Department of Health and Human Services FY2020 Budget” Tuesday, March 26, 2019: The House Committee on the Budget held a hearing examining the proposed FY2020 budget for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with Deputy Secretary of HHS Eric Hargan. Find a link to witness testimonies, member statements and the hearing live feed here. Why this is important: The House Budget Committee hosted the Department of Health and…
House Oversight Committee Seeks Purdue OxyContin Documents On March 21, House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) sent a letter to Purdue Pharma requesting documents related to how it has aggressively marketed OxyContin, a key player in the ongoing opioid crisis. The documents requested include the list of Sacklers, the family that owns the company, who worked for Purdue Pharma or served on the board, information about the drug manufacturer’s…
Hearings House Committee on Energy and Commerce: “The Fiscal Year 2020 HHS Budget” Tuesday, March 12, 2019: The Health Subcommittee held a hearing with Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Alex Azar on President Trump’s budget request related to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its agencies for fiscal year (FY) 2020. Find a link to witness testimonies, member statements and the hearing live feed here. Why this is important: Secretary…
Hearings House Committee on Energy and Commerce: “Strengthening Our Health Care System: Legislation to Lower Consumer Costs and Expand Access” Wednesday, March 6, 2019: The House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on lowering consumer costs and expanding access to health care. Find a link to witness testimonies, member statements and the hearing live feed here. Why this is important: Using testimonies from the states of Massachusetts and California as prime examples, the Health…
Hearings House Committee on Energy and Commerce: “Confronting a Growing Public Health Threat: Measles Outbreaks in the U.S.” Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019: The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee held hearing on the current measles outbreak and response efforts. This hearing focused on the need to combat information that discourages individuals from vaccinating their children. Find a link to witness testimonies, member statements and the hearing live feed here. Why this is important: Since…
Grassley, Wyden Investigate Rising Insulin Prices On Feb. 22, Senate Finance committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) launched a probe on the rising cost of insulin, requesting information from drug manufacturers Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and Sanofi on recent price increases of up to 500 percent. The letters were sent ahead of a Senate Finance committee hearing on Feb. 26, with seven drug company executives testifying on drug pricing. The…
House Hearings House Ways and Means Committee: The Cost of Rising Prescription Drug Prices On Feb. 12, the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on the work that would need to be done to pass Medicare price negotiation. Find a link to witness testimonies, member statements and the hearing live feed here. Why is this important: Health subcommittee Chair Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) promoted his price-negotiation proposal (H.R.1046), yet maintained his stance…