FDA, NIDA call for marijuana legislation to advance public health

January 15, 2020
Leaders from the FDA and the National Institute on Drug Abuse said during a recent House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing that there is a…

SNAP changes looming amid mixed data on program’s success

January 14, 2020
On April 1, a final rule that changes some of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, eligibility requirements takes effect…
In the Journals

ACA may have helped mitigate opioid epidemic

January 10, 2020
The Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was linked to a reduction in opioid overdose deaths, study findings in JAMA Network Open show. …

2020 opens with new drug price hikes, little hope for legislation

January 10, 2020
Despite pressure from the Trump administration and Congress to curb rising drug costs, pharmaceutical companies — in what has become a common…

House bill would cover lifetime anti-rejection drugs for kidney transplants

January 7, 2020
Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would extend lifetime coverage of anti-rejection drugs for patients…
FDA News

FDA bans most e-cigarette flavors

January 2, 2020
HHS Secretary Alex Azar announced that companies that do not stop manufacturing, distributing and selling unauthorized flavored cartridge-based…

Federal court temporarily halts California dialysis profits law

January 2, 2020
A federal court in California has granted a preliminary injunction to prevent Assembly Bill 290, which is aimed at limiting dialysis provider profits…

Trump signs spending bill that includes $5 million for KidneyX

December 26, 2019
President Donald Trump on December 20 signed a spending bill that includes funding for federal health care agencies and $5 million to…

Trump approves legislation repealing medical device tax

December 23, 2019
President Donald J. Trump signed H.R. 1865, a bipartisan year-end spending package, into law on December 20, 2019. H.R. 1865, which was passed by…

Congress includes mental illness, substance use disorders funding in 2020 spending bill

December 20, 2019
Congress passed a $1.4 trillion spending bill this week for fiscal year 2020 with provisions that will fund treatment programs and medical research…