Tag Archives: budget

Thanksgiving: There’s more than one kind of turkey

‘Tis the season to be thankful and slice into a roasted turkey with family and friends. In the spirit of the occasion, here are a few things I’m thankful for, and a few turkeys I think we could all do…

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The hunt for a green October

A cynic’s guide to the galaxy might suggest everyone in healthcare is in it strictly for the money, but it’s tough to tell. After all, what can you do without the stuff? Even FDA and NIH are constantly clamoring for…

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Med-tech tax repeal: Is tax reform a viable vehicle?

Those who are following the medical device tax repeal story might also be buried in the weeds of the budget sequester, the continuing resolution and so on, and not without reason. After all, the resolution of these issues has a…

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FDA and the compounding pharmacy story

Most of the entries here at the MDD Perspectives blog address med tech, but I’m going to go off topic and address the compounding pharmacy issue, because it is at risk of becoming an FDA issue. As we all know,…

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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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Counting to 51: The fate of the device tax and the Affordable Care Act

The biggest judicial showdown in quite a while is finally over, and here are a couple of things to consider while we’re playing numerology games in an effort to interpret the scribblings of nine citizens in black robes we all…

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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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Administration’s proposed cuts in U.S. spending on prevention/wellness programs are beyond puzzling

By JIM STOMMEN Medical Device Daily Contributing Writer The recent decision by the Obama administration to propose big-time funding cuts for medical prevention and wellness programs is, like many of the decisions that come out of Washington, puzzling to say…

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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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Three clichés that make my skin crawl

Ah, clichés. They’re the stuff life is made of, eh? There’s always the danger of resorting to them in my line of work. When I see them in my own copy, I feel a little like Harvey Korman’s character in…

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