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FDA introduces new standardized inspection protocols for sterile drug manufacturers to modernize and strengthen oversight

On November 9, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced that the agency launched new inspection protocols for aseptic processing of sterile drugs to be used by FDA investigators during surveillance and pre-approval inspections.  The protocols were developed through the agency’s New Inspection Protocol Project (the “NIPP”), initially launched in 2014.  The NIPP is intended to

FDA and DoD strengthen collaboration for medical products with military applications that could also be expanded to the general population

On November 2, FDA and the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Office of Health Affairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that formally establishes the framework under which the DoD and FDA will implement  Public Law 115-92, which was enacted in 2017.  The law gives the DoD new opportunities to advocate to FDA for expedited development,

FTC takes on deceptive stem cell therapy claims for blindness cure and autism treatment

On October 18, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it settled charges against California-based Regenerative Medical Group, Telehealth Medical Group, and the founder of both companies, Dr. Bryn Jarald Henderson, based on deceptive stem cell therapy claims.  In its complaint, the FTC alleged Henderson and the companies made unsupported claims, including that “amniotic stem cell

Trump touts “historic” plan to overhaul Medicare payments, create International Pricing Index

President Trump today touted “bold” plans to lower drug prices in unspecific terms.  Simultaneously, CMS issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANRPM), describing options to test Medicare reimbursement based on an “International Pricing Index” (IPI), under which U.S. drug prices would be benchmarked against 16 other countries that reportedly have lower drug prices.  This

CMS proposes requiring drug prices in TV ads

On October 15, CMS released a proposed rule titled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Drug Pricing Transparency,” which would require direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertisements for prescription drugs covered by Medicare or Medicaid to include the Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC).  This proposed rule resembles a rejected Senate amendment to the FY-2019 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill (analyzed here) that would

U.S. Senate passes bill requiring prescription drug ads to include prices (updated)

Update (9/18/2018): Last week, as the U.S. House of Representatives was reconciling its spending bill for the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) with the amendment package passed by the U.S. Senate that is discussed below, House Republicans declined to adopt S.Amdt. 3964, which would have provided HHS with $1 million to issue rules requiring pharmaceutical companies to list prices

CFIUS Reform Turns to Food Security

Congressional efforts to reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a U.S. Government interagency committee that conducts national security reviews, continue apace. This week saw the introduction of bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate that would (i) give federal agriculture and food officials permanent representation on CFIUS and (ii) amend the statute to allow the Committee to consider agriculture and food-related criteria when reviewing transactions that could result in control of a U.S. business by a foreign person.

Border Adjustability Tax in Peril?

The future of the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) proposal, a critical element of the House Republican tax reform plan, is in doubt after signs of Republican opposition in the Senate emerged last week. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) became the most prominent Republican to overtly criticize the BAT, expressed in a Dear Colleague letter to his

2017 U.S. Congress Legislative Calendar

The U.S. House and Senate have released their legislative calendars for the second session of the 115th Congress. Hogan Lovells’ Government Relations and Policy Advocacy practice is happy to provide you with this congressional calendar for your 2017 planning purposes.

Student Privacy and Drone Policy: Vote for Hogan Lovells at SXSW 2016

Austin, Texas is renowned for its live music scene, clean air, college vibe … and of course its technology conferences. Two Hogan Lovells Lawyers—Bret Cohen and Lisa Ellman—have made the list of finalists for panels at the South by Southwest group of conferences this upcoming March, to talk about Student Privacy and Domestic Drone Policy.

Western District Texas Court Grants Summary Judgment for PBPA Plaintiffs and Vacates Lesser Prairie Chicken Listing Decision

In a first-of-its-kind ruling and a significant victory for state wildlife agencies, landowners, ranchers, farmers, and the oil and gas industry in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, in Permian Basin Petroleum Association (PBPA) et al. v. Department of the Interior (DOI), et al.,

Can the Bill of Rights prevent HMRC from issuing a penalty?

In a very recent judgment, the First-Tier Tribunal Tax Chamber considered an interesting argument raised by a taxpayer that a penalty issued by HMRC was contrary to the provisions of the 1688 Bill of Rights and therefore invalid. In Pendle v the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs [2015] UKFTT 27, Mr Pendle appealed

Congress Agrees on Six-Year Reauthorization of Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA)

After failing to pass a TRIA reauthorization during the lame duck session last Congress, on January 7, 2015, the House passed H.R. 26, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015, by a vote of 416-5. Shortly after on January 8, 2015, the Senate passed H.R. 26 by a 93-4 vote. Upon the President’s signature, TRIA will be reauthorized until December 31, 2020.

114th Congress Outlook

Twenty years ago, two years after the first inauguration of President Clinton, Republicans took control of both houses of Congress for the first time since 1953. Despite significant disagreements between Clinton and the Republican-controlled Congress, that period of 1995 through 2000 was a relatively productive one for the U.S. Congress, producing welfare reform, several tax bills, a balanced budget agreement, significant telecommunications legislation, and many other laws.

2015 U.S. Congress Legislative Calendar

The U.S. House and Senate have released their legislative calendars for the first session of the 114th Congress. Hogan Lovells Legislation and Political Law Compliance practice is happy to provide you with this congressional calendar for your 2015 planning purposes. This schedule may change at any time at the direction of House and Senate leadership.

Legislative Week of September 15, 2014-September 19th, 2014

Must Pass Legislation on Cue this Week: Congress begins this week working on the must-pass continuing resolution (H J Res 124) to fund the government through mid-December.  Congress will then delay fiscal 2015 funding into the lame-duck session when they return after the November elections.  The House Rules Committee is expected to meet Monday evening

Cabinet Office publishes consultation on draft regulations on the statutory register of lobbyists under the Lobbying Act

In a consultation published yesterday, the Cabinet Office is seeking views on draft regulations relating to the statutory register of lobbyists that was introduced by the recently enacted Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (the “Lobbying Act“). Although the draft regulations are substantially concerned with the detailed administration of the

Reform to the bedroom tax: the Affordable Homes Bill

Since 1 April 2013, new rules introduced by the Welfare Reform Act 2012 in a bid to reduce growth in welfare spending mean that most social housing tenants judged to have too much living space have had their housing benefit cut. The policy is referred to by the Government as the “under-occupation deduction” or the