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  • Secretary Azar Statement on FDA’s 2019 Generic Drug Approval Record
    On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration announced that, in Fiscal Year 2019, the agency approved a total of 1,171 generic drugs, an all-time record, following a record 971 approvals in Fiscal Year 2018 and a record 937 approvals in Fiscal Year 2017. HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following...
  • HHS Announces Guide for Appropriate Tapering or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Use
    Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a new Guide for Clinicians on the Appropriate Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Analgesics. Individual patients, as well as the health of the public, benefit when opioids are prescribed only when the benefit of using opioids outweighs the...
  • HHS Proposes Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute Reforms to Support Value-Based and Coordinated Care
    Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced proposed changes to modernize and clarify the regulations that interpret the Physician Self-Referral Law (the “Stark Law”) and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute. The proposed rules provide greater certainty for healthcare providers participating in value-based arrangements and providing coordinated care for patients....
  • HHS Explores Lung-on-a-Chip Technology in Developing Chemical Injury Treatments
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will support tests of organ-on-a-chip technology to determine how it can be used to understand injuries caused by inhaled chlorine gas, a potential national security threat, and to develop treatments for those injuries. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part...
  • With End of New York Outbreak, United States Keeps Measles Elimination Status
    The United States has maintained its measles elimination status of nearly 20 years. The New York State Department of Health yesterday declared the end of the state’s nearly year-long outbreak that had put the U.S. at risk of losing its measles elimination status. “We are very pleased that the measles outbreak...

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