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Rawson Previews Biden COVID-19 Approach and Vaccine Roll-out

Rawson Previews Biden COVID-19 Approach and Vaccine Roll-out

Nov. 30, 2020 – Job one for President-elect Joe Biden is the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which will represent a “marked difference in energy and tone” than that offered by the current administration and likely will include a new FDA Commissioner as well as the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines, according to Kate Rawson, senior […]

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Biden Gears Up After Win, Announces COVID-19 Advisory Board

Biden Gears Up After Win, Announces COVID-19 Advisory Board

Nov. 9, 2020 – Just two days after his election victory became apparent, President-elect Joe Biden signaled his number one priority by naming the co-chairs and membership of his COVID-19 Advisory Board. “Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science […]

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Coalition Webinar: Rawson’s Take on Post-election Healthcare Policy

Coalition Webinar: Rawson’s Take on Post-election Healthcare Policy

With a bitterly-contested campaign headlined by pandemic and recession nearly in the rear-view mirror and just days to go before the Nov. 3 election, communications and marketing professionals need to understand what the healthcare environment will look like when the dust settles. To help industry sort through the results and what they may mean for […]

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Federal Government and FDA Operating under Continuing Resolution as FY 2021 Begins

Federal Government and FDA Operating under Continuing Resolution as FY 2021 Begins

Oct. 5, 2020 – Because Congress has not yet passed a budget, the federal government began fiscal year (FY) 2021 on Oct. 1 operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR). The CR sets a new deadline of Dec. 11 for passage of the full budget, but a further extension until February or March is very possible. […]

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Political Pressure on Federal Health Agencies Is Eroding Public Trust

Political Pressure on Federal Health Agencies Is Eroding Public Trust

Sept. 14, 2020 – As the COVID-19 pandemic persists and the race for a vaccine to prevent contracting the virus heats up, there is a great deal of misinformation circulating about treatments and the majority of Americans are concerned that political pressure from the Trump administration will lead the Food and Drug Administration to approve […]

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Movement in White House-Pharma Industry Standoff on Drug Pricing?

Movement in White House-Pharma Industry Standoff on Drug Pricing?

Aug. 31, 2020 – Following the Democratic and Republican convention attacks on big pharma and President Trump’s acceptance speech for his party’s nomination for re-election – in which he claimed to have already taken effective action to lower prescription drug prices through Executive Orders  – the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is making […]

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Trump Executive Order Calling for U.S. Production of Drugs Raises Eyebrows, Questions

Trump Executive Order Calling for U.S. Production of Drugs Raises Eyebrows, Questions

Aug. 7, 2020 – The Executive Order signed Aug. 6 by President Donald J. Trump  to increase production of essential medical supplies in the United States is raising a lot of eyebrows in the biopharmaceutical industry, largely because pivoting to such a model will not be easy and may end up costing more, both in […]

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Trump’s Drug Pricing Executive Orders Unlikely to Have Immediate Effect

Trump’s Drug Pricing Executive Orders Unlikely to Have Immediate Effect

July 27, 2020 – The four Executive Orders signed by President Trump on Friday were designed to address drug pricing concerns, but their combined impact is modest and they are “unlikely to have any immediate effect,” according to Coalition for Healthcare Communication Executive Director Jon Bigelow. However, they do “give the president talking points for […]

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Change in Hospital COVID-19 Case Reporting Raises Fear of Politicization of Data

Change in Hospital COVID-19 Case Reporting Raises Fear of Politicization of Data

July 20, 2020 – The Trump administration instructed hospital systems and providers last week that they should no longer report data on COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths, positive test results, etc. to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Healthcare Safety Network site, and instead should send this information to a newly launched data […]

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Senate Confirms Hahn to Be Next FDA Commissioner

Senate Confirms Hahn to Be Next FDA Commissioner

Dec. 13, 2019 – In a vote of 72-18 the Senate yesterday confirmed Dr. Stephen Hahn to take the helm of the Food and Drug Administration even though it had been predicted that the vote to confirm Hahn as FDA Commissioner might be pushed to 2020 in light of competing priorities like the budget and […]

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