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A compromise reached between Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Bernie Sanders and Sen. Roger Marshall would authorize $26 billion in spending for community health centers and other health programs.

Sanders, Marshall reach deal on health programs, but challenges remain

A draft drug shortage bill from House Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers focuses on the economics underpinning low-margin generic drug production.

Partisan divide on drug shortages unresolved after hearing

Sudafed PE is displayed on a pharmacy shelf. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Tuesday unanimously concluded that oral phenylephrine, the decongestant found in many common cold medications, including Sudafed PE, is ineffective.

FDA advisers reject efficacy of common cold medication

The Food and Drug Administration approved the boosters one day before a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel is expected to discuss recommendations for who should receive the vaccines and when, with CDC Director Mandy Cohen expected to sign off shortly thereafter.

FDA greenlights new COVID-19 shots for this fall

Messages of support decorate the windows of Greenwood Leflore Hospital in Greenwood, Miss. The hospital has struggled to stay open since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Medicare pandemic advances deepen debt for some hospitals

Hemant Shahi smokes marijuana during an October 2022 rally with cannabis activists outside the White House.

HHS completes review of rescheduling cannabis

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chair Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,
said he aims to have bipartisan reauthorization community health center legislation ready by the first week of September. That measure is one of a handful of health programs Congress must pass before the end of this fiscal year.

Health deadlines pile up as Congress adjourns for August

External advisers recommended the approval of Opill over-the-counter birth control in May, even though the FDA voiced concerns about the company’s data.

FDA approves first OTC birth control pill

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s allegations mark an escalation in lawmakers’ attacks on former National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci and the National Institutes of Health in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fight over whether risky research helped create the virus.

House committee questions legality of Fauci, NIH appointments 

The FDA headquarters in White Oak, Md., is pictured on July 20, 2020. The agency approved the Alzheimer’s drug Leqembi on Thursday.

FDA grants full approval to new Alzheimer’s drug

FDA Commissioner Robert Califf testifies during a Senate Appropriations hearing in April. The agency is expected to decide on Thursday whether to approve a new Alzheimer's drug.

Expected Alzheimer’s drug approval signals new era in treatment

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pictured here, joined ranking committee member Bill Cassidy, R-La., in releasing draft language on a key pandemic preparedness bill.

Senate releases bipartisan draft of emergency preparedness bill

A vape shop in Queens, New York City. The CDC on Thursday released new sales data for e-cigarettes.

Disposable vape sales soared after FDA focused efforts elsewhere

Mississippi has the worst infant mortality rate, with more than eight babies dying for every 1,000 births.

Mississippi community workers battle maternal mortality crisis

A pediatric hospital room in Greenwood Leflore Hospital sits empty. The hospital closed down its pediatrics unit in Greenwood, Miss., when it closed the maternity ward last August. 

The 208-bed hospital has hemorrhaged services and staff in the last few years as it fought to stay open, shuttering its ICU, dialysis and rehab units and selling off other specialty services.

Mississippi Delta hospitals battle financial factors to survive

The American Red Cross brought a bloodmobile to Adams Rite Aerospace in Fullerton, Calif. on Jan. 20, 2022.

FDA finalizes new rules on blood donations

FDA advisers on Wednesday voted 17-0 to recommend the agency approve the nation’s first over-the-counter birth control pill.

FDA weighs potential over-the-counter birth control pill

Rochelle Walensky, who announced she is leaving her job as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is shown testifying before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in June 2022.

CDC director to depart in June

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., right, Chairman  Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, and ranking member Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., are seen during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing in March. Sanders and Cassidy this week announced a May 2 markup of a series of bills aimed at addressing drug prices.

House, Senate craft separate health care packages

Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, said the panel will likely hold hearings on the reauthorization bill in late spring.

Legislative themes emerge on upcoming pandemic reauthorization

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, was critical of a 2018 decision to change how livers used in organ transplants are allocated.

Biden administration plans overhaul of organ transplant system

Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing titled “Taxpayers Paid Billions For It: So Why Would Moderna Consider Quadrupling the Price of the COVID Vaccine?” on Wednesday.

Moderna CEO grilled by Senate panel over planned price hike

Sen. Josh Hawley attends a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup in the Dirksen Building on Wednesday.

Energy department briefs senators on COVID-19 origins

House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic Chairman Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, is holding a hearing on the origins of COVID-19 Wednesday, with former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield slated to testify.

COVID-19 origins probe plods on with no clear resolution

A bottle of naloxone  with a needle. Naloxone nasal sprays, which are used to counter opioid overdoses, appear headed for over-the-counter use after an FDA advisory committee's recommendation.

FDA could widen path for OTC birth control, statins

FDA Commissioner Robert Califf has reiterated a call for Congress to pass a user fee agreement with the e-cigarette industry to help fund the massive vaping workload the agency has struggled to handle.

FDA plans oversight changes after critical tobacco report

President Joe Biden delivers his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday.

Biden mixes doable, aspirational health messages in speech

Incoming Senate HELP Chairman Bernie Sanders has expressed worry about drug company plans to increase COVID-19 vaccine costs after the public health emergency ends.

End of public health emergency causes cascade of changes

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, will lead the panel.

Broad focus planned for revamped COVID panel under GOP majority

House Oversight and Reform Chair Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., called the report a "wake-up call" and, with Energy and Commerce Chair Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., said the  findings "raise serious concerns" about Aduhelm's approval process.

House report questions FDA’s approval of Alzheimer’s drug

A member of staff disembarks from an Air China flight carrying 500.000 protective masks at Athens International Airport on March 21, 2020.

CDC reinstates COVID-19 testing for flights from China

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, earlier this year on Capitol Hill. During an interview with CQ/Roll Call Wednesday, Walensky called for funding and authority to allow the agency to more nimbly respond to public health crises such as COVID-19 and mpox.

CDC head asks for COVID-19 funding, data as Hill interest fades

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who is in line to lead the Energy and Commerce Committee next year, criticized the move to steer funds to the vaccination campaign.

GOP: White House shifts provider funds for COVID-19 campaign

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the coronavirus during the White House press briefing on Tuesday.

New booster shots cut risk of symptomatic COVID-19

Five states weighed in on abortion-related measures during Tuesday's elections, with voters appearing likely to follow Kansas’ lead in either rejecting measures limiting a woman’s right to an abortion or protecting that right.

Abortion rights backers see big wins in Tuesday results

Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., speaks at a campaign rally in Clarkston, Ga., on Thursday.

Warnock pushes insulin cost caps as campaign nears finish line

President Joe Biden announced that he would revisit the classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug, but states are pushing ahead with legalization efforts.

Biden ponders marijuana moves as states forge ahead

Democrats including House Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., are calling on the Biden administration to further strengthen guidance related to birth control access. Her panel, in a report Tuesday,  highlighted barriers some patients face in accessing certain types of birth control. 

FDA delays key advisory committee meeting on OTC birth control

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., a Senate appropriator, led the state's efforts to gather health-related earmarks in fiscal 2022.

Mississippi rebuilds health earmark empire in post-Cochran era

FDA Commissioner Robert Califf will make the final decision on removing the only available drug aimed at lowering the risk of premature births.

FDA advisory committee votes to pull drug for premature births

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, are hoping to push their insulin affordability bill through before the end of the year despite a tight legislative window.

Lawmakers eye lame duck for unfinished business on insulin

Sen. Richard M. Burr, R-N.C., had objected to the bill marked up in the Senate HELP Committee because of concerns about policy riders attached to the legislation.

Lawmakers strike deal on ‘practically clean’ FDA user fee bill

President Joe Biden touted the new drug pricing law as he was promoting his "Cancer Moonshot" in Boston Monday.

Biden touts new drug pricing law amid cancer, biotech push

FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said the vaccines’ updates are a routine modification.

FDA greenlights new COVID-19 booster despite limited data

A pending FDA ban on menthol cigarettes has left experts and advocates calling on the Biden administration to do more to avoid potential confrontations between police and racial minorities when the ban goes into effect. An estimated 85 percent of Black smokers use menthols, according to the FDA, compared to 30 percent of white smokers. 

Advocates urge FDA action to ease policing fears in menthol ban

Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, announced Monday that he would step down in December after more than 50 years of government service.

Fauci to step down in December

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, earlier this year on Capitol Hill. During an interview with CQ/Roll Call Wednesday, Walensky called for funding and authority to allow the agency to more nimbly respond to public health crises such as COVID-19 and mpox.

CDC eyes reset following external review

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday finalized a rule making hearing aids for people with mild to moderate hearing loss available without requiring them to see a doctor.
The rule will take effect in 60 days and hearing aids could be available over-the-counter for Americans in early October.

FDA finalizes over-the-counter hearing aid rule

The Biden administration on Tuesday released the first 10 drugs eligible for Medicare price negotiation.

Senate’s Medicare drug pricing may ripple into private market

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., speaks with reporters in between votes during the reconciliation bill "vote-a-rama" in the Capitol on Sunday, Aug. 7.

Thune breaks through Democratic bloc on ‘vote-a-rama’ amendments