Category Archives: Legislation

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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New Drug Proposed for FDA Regulation of Cosmetics

Recently there have been a number of new laws proposed or enacted aimed at giving the FDA more authority over both food and drugs.  However, another area (often overlooked) of regulatory authority is cosmetics.  This week, however, cosmetics takes on … Continue reading

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Health Care Reform and Its Impact on FDA and Pharma

Last week, the excruciatingly long and unpredictable path of health care reform passed another milestone when President Obama held a summit at Blair House among leaders in Congress to try to forge out a bipartisan approach to a bill that would … Continue reading

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Why Healthcare Reform is Struggling – A Failure to Communicate

Back in the 1990s when I was working as Policy Director at AIDS Project Los Angeles, I was having trouble getting an appointment with a particular Congressman to discuss proposed cuts to the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) … Continue reading

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