Category Archives: Legislation

Let the Sunshine Part 1 – The Case of the Missing Guidelines

It may have escaped the notice of some that The Physician Payment Sunshine Act – legislation proposed that would bring greater transparency to the relationship between medical product manufacturers and medical providers – became law when the Patient Protection and … Continue reading

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Bills, Bills, Bills – An Update on Legislative Proposals

It has been a while since providing an update on legislative proposals introduced in Congress that would impact the FDA, medical products and food industries.  With Congress out on recess, it seemed like a good time to catch up on … Continue reading

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FDA Funding – When the Audience Changes, the Message Must Change

On March 11, Dr. Margaret Hamburg presented testimony before the House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies regarding funding for the FDA.  Her remarks did a capable job of outlining what the FDA does and … Continue reading

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House Appropriations Proposes Specific Cuts for the Continuing Resolution

Yesterday morning I posted about impending budget cuts to FDA for the next fiscal year and posed the question whether or not less money might equate to less enforcement. Ironically, a short time later, the House Appropriations Committee released a … Continue reading

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Food Safety Modernization Act – Passed but Not Funded – A Conversation with Congressman Jack Kingston of the House Appropriations Committee

Many were surprised when at the end of the 111th Congress, the Food Safety Modernization Act was passed and in early January, President Obama signed it into law. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg was a key proponent of the bill, and … Continue reading

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