Category Archives: Federal Deficit

Chickens or lemmings? Washington and the FDA budget

There’s a lot of consternation and maybe even a little constipation of late about the U.S. federal budget, and rightly so. If the White House and Congress can’t come to some resolution about budget sequestration, the FDA budget could tighten…

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FDA user fees: A necessary evil?

The FDA medical device review mechanism has come under fire from many quarters for some time now, but one of the criticisms of the 510(k) and PMA programs is that the reviews are funded by user fees, a claim that…

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The policy dilemma of prostate cancer screening

  Screening for various diseases is controversial these days thanks to the U.S. Public Services Task Force and similar agencies in other nations, which have suggested a more cautious approach to screening. These suggestions have been blasted by doctors and…

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Parallel review: Still not a big deal?

  Well, FDA and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are at it again with parallel review, but this time they’ve tacitly acknowledged what everyone knew all along; that it would never be willingly adopted by more than a…

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What docs are hearing about healthcare reform’s finances

Healthcare reform has as a million audiences, and it’s interesting to see what some of them are reading about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Let’s look at an opinion piece appearing recently in the New England Journal…

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The runaway train: Conventional thinking about NIH funding

In this blog, we’ve explored the issue of NIH funding twice. The first time, we examined the reported fiscal spending numbers (here) and the second time, we examined funding by program areas (here), but now we have the budget/deficit ceiling…

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Fee diversion alive and well in H.R. 1249

Those with a keen eye trained on the patent reform bill now under consideration in the House of Representatives might universally hold a dim view of fee diversion even if they see first-to-file and the prior user defense through profoundly…

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Doc fix awaiting another patch

Now that the U.S. House of Representatives has voted down a higher debt ceiling for the U.S. government, Congress can go back the drawing board on deciding how many Medicare spending cuts the voters and stakeholders can stomach, but as…

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Obama, House propose cuts to healthcare as part of deficit reduction plans

President Barack Obama unveiled his deficit reduction plan last week, calling for a mix of spending reductions and tax hikes that the White House claims would cut federal deficits by $4 trillion over the next 12 years without gutting popular…

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