A staunch legislative advocate of the dietary supplement and over-the-counter medicine industries earlier this week announced his retirement from the Senate. On Tuesday, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, announced on Twitter that he will not be defending his Senate seat in 2018.
The Food and Drug Administration is moving full speed ahead into the new year, releasing two documents Wednesday as part of its ongoing Drug Competition Action Plan. The documents are aimed at making the generic approval process speedier and reducing the number of review cycles for abbreviated new drug applications, or ANDAs.
It has been announced by the United States subsidiary of Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories, that the company has reached a settlement with the U.S. Government in a case involving packaging for five blister-packed prescription products.
In a joint filing, both parties have agreed to a settlement of the action without any adjudication or issue of fact or law. The matter has been settled for $5 million dollars, and the product in question has not been distributed in the packaging at issue since June 2012, the company said.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced an adult smoking cessation education campaign aimed at encouraging cigarette smokers to quit through messages of support that underscore the health benefits of quitting.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have released new data from 2016 showing that upward trajectory of U.S. healthcare spending has slowed. The agency, in a report published in the January 2018 issue of Health Affairs that 2016 saw spending increase to 17.9% of U.S. gross domestic product. But that it only grew at a rate of 4.3% — down from the 5.1% and 5.8% spending growth rates seen in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Allergens are widespread, but highly variable in U.S. homes, according to the nation’s largest indoor allergen study to date. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health on Thursday reported that more than 90% of homes had three or more detectable allergens, and 73% of homes had at least one allergen at elevated levels.