WHITE HOUSE UPDATE

Opioids: Progress Concerning President Trump’s Initiative to Tackle the Opioid Crisis


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Monday, March 18

Veterans’ Affairs: House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) Issues Statement Regarding the Serious Concerns Raised about VA’s IT Solutions

Thursday, March 21

HHS: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Ron Wyden Write Letter to HHS OIG and CMS on Physician Payment Sunshine Act Compliance

Opioids: Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform Elijah E. Cummings and Member of the Committee Mark DeSaulneir Send Letter to the President of Purdue Pharma Requesting Documents Relating to the Sackler Family’s Role in Fueling the Opioid Crisis


REGULATORY UPDATE

Monday, March 18

CDC: Gaps in HIV Testing and Treatment Hinder Efforts to Stop New Infections

  • Leading HIV Experts Open the 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference

Tuesday, March 19

CMS: CMS Announces Decision to Approve the Joint Commission for Continued Recognition as a National Accrediting Organization for Psychiatric Hospitals]

FDA: FDA Issues Final Rule to Establish Criteria for and Identify an Initial List of Bulk Drug Substances to Compound Drug Products in Accordance with FD&C Act

  • FDA Posts Warning Letter to Nutra Pharma Corp. for Illegally Marketing Unapproved Products
  • FDA Approves First Treatment for Post-Partum Depression
  • FDA Announces Availability of a Draft Guidance for Industry Entitled “Competitive Generic Therapies”
  • FDA Announces Availability of a Draft Guidance for Industry Entitled “Evaluation of Devices Used with Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapies; Guidance for Industry”
  • FDA Announces Availability of a Draft Guidance for Industry Entitled “Expedited Programs for Regenerative Medicine Therapies for Serious Conditions; Guidance for Industry”

Wednesday, March 20

HHS: HHS Releases Additional $487 Million to States to Expand Access to Effective Opioid Treatment

Thursday, March 21

CDC: CDC Invites Comment on a Proposed Information Collection Project Titled Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (CSTLTS)

  • CDC Announces Reopening of the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey DNA Specimen Repository for Research Proposals

HRSA: HRSA Publishes Notice of Petitions Received under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

FDA: FDA Approves New Device for Treating Moderate to Severe Chronic Heart Failure

NIH: NIH Study Finds No Evidence that Calcium-Rich Diet or Taking Calcium Supplements Increases Risk of AMD

  • NIH Tests Experimental Drug to Curb Cravings Associated with Opioid Use Disorder

Friday, March 22

CDC: CDC and HHS Announce Availability of “Information for Providers to Share with Male Patients and Parents Regarding Male Circumcision and the Prevention of HIV infection, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and other Health Outcomes”

CMS: CMS and HHS Announce the Application of COLA for Re-Approval as an Accreditation Organization for Clinical Laboratories Under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 Program


UPCOMING EVENTS

NIH
Meeting: Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council
March 28, 2019 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
National Institutes of Health, Conference Room 1D13, 5601 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20892

CDC
Meeting: Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee
April 11, 2019 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244

NIH
Meeting: NIH Clinical Center Research Hospital Board
April 12, 2019 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
National Institutes of Health, Building 1, Wilson Hall, 1 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892

CDC
Meeting: Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis Meeting (ACET)
April 16, 2019 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
8 Corporate Blvd., Building 8, Conference Rooms 1A and 1B, Atlanta, Georgia 30329

CMS
Meeting: Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System
May 13, 2019 9 AM – 5 PM
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850

CMS
Meeting: Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System
May 14, 2019 9 AM – 5 PM
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850

CMS
Meeting: Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System
May 15, 2019 9 AM – 5 PM
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850

NIH
Meeting: National Advisory Council on Aging
May 21, 2019 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
National Institutes of Health, Building 60, Lecture Hall, One Cloister Court, Bethesda, MD 20892

NIH
Meeting: National Advisory Mental Health Council
May 30, 2019 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
National Institutes of Health, Neuroscience Center Building (NSC), Conference Rooms C/D/E, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20852

NIH
Meeting: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council
June 4, 2019 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
National Institutes of Health, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Building 35A Convent Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892

HRSA
Meeting: Council on Graduate Medical Education
June 5, 2019  8:30 AM – 5:00 PM & June 6 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857

NIH
National Advisory Council on Aging
September 10-11, 2019 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
National Institutes of Health, Neuroscience Center Building (NSC), North Bethesda, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 28052

NIH
Meeting: Center for Scientific Review
September 23, 2019 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892

NIH
Meeting: Board of Scientific Counselors, NIDDK
October 10-11, 2019 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
National Institutes of Health, Building 10, Solarium Conference Room 9S233, 10 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892

NIH
Meeting: Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
June 23-25, 2019 6:00 PM – 12:00 PM
Residence Inn Bethesda, 7335 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814