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Sen. Grassley Raises Concerns over 340B Program

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In a memo written this week, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) responded to a recent Kaiser Health News report by asking whether 340B-eligible hospitals are ‘doing everything possible to help uninsured patients receive health care, including affordable prescription drugs.’ 340B is an important safety net program designed to help uninsured indigent patients gain greater access to prescription medicines.  While there remains a need for this safety net program, there are emerging concerns about the program in Read More >

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Congress Acts to Protect Public Health this Flu Season

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The next flu season may be months away, but Congress already acted to ensure our nation is ready. Reps. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Richard Neal (D-MA), as well as Sens.  Max Baucus (D- MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced legislation which was recently enacted into law (H.R. 475) to update the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) to cover the newest flu vaccines in time for flu season, ensuring patient access to the latest therapies. Read More >

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Inside Health Policy: Clearing Up Confusion About Bills Updating Vaccine Tax Code

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Inside Health Policy’s Alaina Busch wrote a story today on confusion that has been spreading recently related to vaccines excise legislation. Vaccines protect people from seasonal flu, and new strains have recently been approved to further protect public health. As such, the vaccine excise tax must in turn be updated to include recent approvals. S. 391 and H.R. 475 update the existing excise tax to cover the newest seasonal influenza vaccines. The legislation does not Read More >

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Thoughts on the President’s State of the Union

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I had several thoughts watching President Obama’s State of the Union Address tonight. First, we at BIO remain concerned about the possible impact that sequestration may have – specifically the potential impact it may have on human health. There are millions of patients – all hopeful that new treatments will become available soon. Our fear is that sequestration may impact the ability of those patients to access new treatments in a timely manner. That fear Read More >

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The Presidential Inaugural: Looking Back at 30 Years of Biotech Policy Milestones

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As President Barack Obama prepares for his second inauguration, we decided that it would be a good time to take a look back on some of the most important pieces of legislation enacted by past presidential administrations and Congress with the support of the biotechnology industry. From helping create jobs, to propelling continued innovation and promoting research to find cures for rare diseases, the following pieces of legislation from the past 30 years are some Read More >

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