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Maryland Legislature Overrides Gov. Hogan Veto, Enacts Digital Advertising Tax

Maryland Legislature Overrides Gov. Hogan Veto, Enacts Digital Advertising Tax

Feb. 15, 2021 – The Maryland House and Senate voted last week to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s May 2020 veto and enact the nation’s first tax on digital advertising, a move that other states are in the process of considering in light of a backlash against big tech companies and significant budget shortfalls as the […]

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Pharma Reputation on the Line During COVID-19 Crisis

Pharma Reputation on the Line During COVID-19 Crisis

June 29, 2020 – After being scrutinized for years regarding drug pricing issues, the biopharma industry is enjoying a boost in public opinion during the COVID-19 crisis. However, that boost may slowly be fading as lawmakers and the public continue to be skeptical of the industry, as evidenced by two bills introduced in the House […]

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Gov. Hogan Vetoes Maryland Digital Ad Tax Legislation

Gov. Hogan Vetoes Maryland Digital Ad Tax Legislation

May 11, 2020 – A bill that proposed a Maryland tax on “digital advertising services” that was approved by the state legislature in March was vetoed on May 7 by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), stopping, at least for now, the nation’s first tax on digital advertising. In his veto letter, Hogan stated that the […]

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CHC Endorses Request Calling for Veto of Maryland Tax on Digital Advertising

CHC Endorses Request Calling for Veto of Maryland Tax on Digital Advertising

April 6, 2020 – The Coalition for Healthcare Communication last week endorsed an urgent request to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) to veto HB 732, which would put in place the nation’s first tax on digital advertising. The request, sent March 31 by national media and advertising trade associations and members of The Advertising Coalition, […]

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Emergency Relief Package Yields Increased FDA Funding, OTC Revisions

Emergency Relief Package Yields Increased FDA Funding, OTC Revisions

March 30, 2020 – In addition to providing millions of Americans and many industries with financial support during the coronavirus outbreak, the emergency relief bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump on Friday accrues additional funding for the Food and Drug Administration’s coronavirus efforts and makes important changes to how […]

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Legislative

Senators Push New Bill to Require Drug List Prices in Ads After Regulation Set Aside by Court

Senators Push New Bill to Require Drug List Prices in Ads After Regulation Set Aside by Court

Nov. 11, 2019 – As Congress works to agree on legislation that would rein in drug prices, a bill co-sponsored by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) – which would require that list prices be included in direct-to-consumer (DTC) television advertisements – may be close to a vote. Grassley and Durbin hoped […]

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Drug Marketing Not Addressed – Yet – in House or Senate Drug Pricing Proposals

Drug Marketing Not Addressed – Yet – in House or Senate Drug Pricing Proposals

Sept. 20, 2019 – Although the House proposal unveiled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to combat high drug prices would cap Medicare drug prices based on the average price in six developed countries, require that the federal government and drug companies negotiate prices for up to 250 of the most expensive prescription drugs, mandate […]

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Threat to Ad Tax Deduction Is “Immediate,” Davidson Tells Coalition Rising Leaders

Threat to Ad Tax Deduction Is “Immediate,” Davidson Tells Coalition Rising Leaders

June 11, 2019 – Although pharmaceutical advertisers have been able to stop legislation to eliminate or reduce the deductibility of drug advertising as a business expense in the past, the times, politics and a pressing need for revenue have changed the equation, according to Jim Davidson, chair of The Advertising Coalition. “It is very much […]

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DTC Advertising

Movement Afoot on Eliminating Ad Tax Deduction, Requiring List Prices in DTC Drug Ads

Movement Afoot on Eliminating Ad Tax Deduction, Requiring List Prices in DTC Drug Ads

March 25, 2019 – Several moves that could change the way prescription drug marketing and communications are conducted are being made in Washington, with the House Ways and Means Committee about to begin markup on a tax measure that could include eliminating the deductibility of drug marketing costs, and the Office of Management and Budget […]

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Legislative

New Bill Announced to End Marketing Tax Deduction

New Bill Announced to End Marketing Tax Deduction

Jan. 16, 2019 – Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have co-authored a bill that would “deny the deduction for advertising and promotional expenses for prescription drugs.” The bill, announced Jan. 11, is titled the “End Taxpayer Subsidies for Drug Ads Act.” “This bill raises significant First Amendment questions,” pointed out Jon Bigelow, […]

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