FDA Commissioner Testifies before the Senate

CQ HealthBeatSenator Blunt (R-MO) specifically asked  Commissioner Hamburg about the speed of drug approvals and the idea of imposing user fees for the first time on generic drug companies. The administration proposed adding $40 million in user fees for generic companies in its fiscal 2012 budget.After the hearing, a reporter asked Hamburg for an update […]

HHS defends the CLASS Act

CQ HealthBeatA top Health and Human Services official pledged at a House hearing, Thursday that a long-term-care program included in the health overhaul law won’t be launched unless it is financially sustainable.Kathy Greenlee, assistant secretary for aging at HHS, testified on behalf of the agency. Greenlee also defended the $120 million requested by the Obama […]