On June 8, 2017, the Energy and Commerce Committee voted unanimously to approve an amended version of HR 2430, the FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA) of 2017. The bill would extend the FDA prescription drug, medical device, generic drug, and biosimilar biological product user fee programs, which are scheduled to expire at the end of September. 

President Trump has released his FY 2018 budget proposal, which the Administration dubs “A New Foundation for American Greatness.”  The proposed budget – which received a generally chilly reception on Capitol Hill – offers a mixed bag for the health care industry.  On the one hand, a document summarizing the Department of Health

On May 11, 2017, the Senate on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved S 934, a bill extend Food and Drug Administration user-fee programs for prescription drugs, medical devices, generic drugs, and biosimilar biological products. The legislation also includes various policy changes, including provisions intended to improve the medical device inspection process and modify the regulation of hearing aids, among other things.  The bill now moves to the full Senate.  Previously, the HELP Committee approved:  S 652, to reauthorize a program for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment regarding deaf and hard-of-hearing newborns, infants, and young children; S 849, to support programs for mosquito-borne and other vector-borne disease surveillance and control; S 916, to amend the Controlled Substances Act with regard to the provision of emergency medical services; and S 920, to establish a National Clinical Care Commission.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee also held a hearing regarding improving the regulation of medical technologies. The hearing focused on the following bipartisan bills:  HR 1652, the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017; HR 2009, the Fostering Innovation in Medical Imaging Act; HR 2118, the Medical Device Servicing and Accountability Act, and HR 1736, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to improve the process for inspections of device.  The panel held a separate hearing on “Combating Waste Fraud and Abuse in Medicaid Personal Care Services Program.”

In addition, the following hearings and markups are scheduled next week:
Continue Reading Congressional Panels Tackle FDA Reauthorization Act and Other Health Policy Issues

A number of Congressional committees have recently held hearings on health policy issues, including the following:

  • House Energy and Commerce Committee hearings on “Cybersecurity in the Heath Care Sector: Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships” and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) medical device user fees.
  • A House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on “Federally Funded Cancer Research:

Two Congressional committees are holding hearings this week on FDA user fees: a March 21 Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing and a March 22 Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing. In addition, on March 22, 2017, the House Oversight Subcommittee on Health Care is holding a hearing on “Examining the Impact

The Trump Administration is calling for deep cuts to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funding for fiscal year (FY) 2018 along with a $1 billion hike in Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fees in its “budget blueprint,” dubbed “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.”  The blueprint

Earlier this week, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice in the Federal Register (80 Fed. Reg. 46033) announcing the fee rates and payment procedures for medical device user fees for fiscal year (FY) 2016, which apply from October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), as amended by the Medical Device User Fee Amendments of 2012 (MDUFA III), authorizes FDA to collect user fees for certain medical device submissions and annual fees both for certain periodic reports and for establishments subject to registration. For FY 2016, the standard premarket application (PMA) fee will be $261,388; by comparison, the PMA fee in FY 2015 is $250,895.
Continue Reading FDA Announces Medical Device User Fee Rates for Fiscal Year 2016

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a notice requesting that public stakeholders –including patient and consumer advocacy groups, health care professionals, and scientific and academic experts– notify FDA of their intent to participate in monthly consultation meetings on the reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA). When the statutory

On September 17, 2014 the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) is holding a public hearing at the College Park Marriot Hotel and Conference Center, in Hyattsville, MD, to discuss the Agency’s implementation of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012 (GDUFA) and its obligations under GDUFA as set forth in the GDUFA Commitment Letter accompanying the legislation. The central purpose of GDUFA is to help speed the delivery of safe and effective generic drugs to the public and to reduce costs to industry. GDUFA requires manufacturers to pay a user fee to supplement FDA’s costs of reviewing generic drug applications and inspecting facilities. Per the GDUFA Commitment Letter, the user fees enable the Agency to reduce a backlog of pending applications, cut the average time required to review generic drug applications for safety, and increase risk-based inspections.
Continue Reading FDA Public Hearing on the Implementation of Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (Sept. 17)

On May 8, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health approved by voice vote H.R. 1407, legislation to reauthorize and combine the Animal Drug User Fee Act and the Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act. The Energy and Commerce Committee also recently held hearings on: the Administration’s HHS budget proposal; the Center for

Earlier this month, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to be CMS Administrator. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved the Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act, legislation that reauthorizes and amends programs administered by both HHS and the Department of Education related to awareness,

On March 26, 2013, President Obama signed into law H.R. 933, a continuing resolution  that averts a government shutdown by funding the government through the remainder of fiscal year 2013 (through September 30, 2013). The funding bill is subject to the sequestration order triggered by the Budget Control Act, although funding was increased for

The FDA has announced the generic drug active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and finished dosage form (FDF) facility user fee rates for fiscal year 2013. The API facility fee is owed by each person that owns a facility which produces, or which is pending review to produce, one or more APIs identified, or intended to

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On August 27, 2012, FDA issued draft guidance documents for industry entitled “Self-Identification of Generic Drug Facilities, Sites, and Organizations” and “Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012: Questions and Answers.” The Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012 (GDUFA) requires that generic drug facilities, sites, and

This post was written by Erin Janssen.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the rates for biosimilar and prescription drug user fees for FY 2013. By way of background, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) authorizes FDA to assess and collect user fees for certain activities in connection

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The FDA has issued guidance on FY 2013 medical device user fees for small businesses. The guidance explains how a business may qualify as a “small business” and pay most FY 2013 medical device user fees at substantially discounted rates. While the guidance is substantively the same