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Amid Pandemic, FDA Seizes Cheaper Drugs From Canada

The Food and Drug Administration in the past month has stepped up seizures of prescription drugs being sent to American customers from pharmacies in Canada and other countries, according to operators of stores in Florida that facilitate the transactions.

Oregon Sues Johnson & Johnson Over Defective Device Implanted in Thousands Of Oregon Women

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Oregon has filed litigation against the pharmaceutical giant against Johnson & Johnson over devices that have caused hundreds of thousands of women around the globe to experience debilitating side effects.

Patients Question How FDA Approves Medical Devices

There’s no doubt that surgically implanted medical devices can improve lives.

Hip and knee replacements can help people regain their mobility. Drug pumps can deliver doses of pain-relieving medicine on demand. And metal rods can stabilize spines and broken bones.

PhRMA Fights Six-Month Delay of New Drugs for Medicaid Members

Rep. John Lively has proposed a cost-saving and drug-management measure that would allow the Oregon Health Authority to deny new drugs that have been approved by the FDA in the past six months, while PhRMA is fighting to strip the provision from legislation that passed the House unanimously. The measure does not impact CCOs, which can determine the suitability of most drugs.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America is asking for a midstream change to legislation that allows the Oregon Health Authority to deny payment for high-priced blockbuster drugs for six months after they’ve been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Buehler Shepherds Right-To-Try Bill to House Floor with Limitations

The libertarian measure would give patients access to unapproved drugs if they have been given less than a year to live. Patients would be on their own with the drugs and have to assume responsibility for any complications, which insurers would not have to cover.

The House Health Committee greenlighted the libertarian “right-to-try” initiative, sending an amended House Bill 2300 to the floor on a unanimous vote.

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