ECONOMIC STIMULUS MAY INCLUDE BOOST FOR CANCER RESEARCH
Senate approves economic stimulus with a $10 billion increase for NIH, negotiations to begin with House of Representatives
Legislators continue working to push through an economic stimulus bill. Read more
TOBACCO TARGETED BY CONGRESS
New law will increase federal tobacco tax
Major changes are afoot with regard to federal tobacco policy. Read more.
DASCHLE WITHDRAWS FROM HHS CONSIDERATION
Search for Health and Human Secretary begins again
Former Senator Tom Daschle stepped down as the nominee for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) early last week, creating new uncertainties about the nation's health care agenda. Read more.
FDA FACING INCREASING CRITICISM AND CALLS FOR RESTRUCTURING
Chronic underfunding, expanding mandates, and rapidly evolving science jeopardize the Agency's ability to fulfill its mission
Since the start of the new year, evidence of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) inability to fulfill its mission of protecting public health has escalated, placing pressure on the Congress and the Obama administration to take immediate steps toward substantial reform of the Agency and the appointment of new leadership. Read more.
FDA ISSUES NEW OFF-LABEL GUIDELINES
Pharmaceutical companies may now inform doctors about unapproved drug use
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released new guidelines allowing druf manufacturers to provideinformation to doctors about off-label drug uses not approved by the FDA. Read more.