Advocates question policy on HealthCare.gov EZ enrollment form | Burwell asks physicians to encourage insurance enrollment | Attorney: FDA wrong to change generic labeling rule
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October 24, 2014
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Advocates question policy on HealthCare.gov EZ enrollment form
Legal immigrants and naturalized citizens are barred from using the newly launched EZ application for health insurance on HealthCare.gov, and advocacy groups are worried that the policy will hinder efforts to enroll more Hispanic and Asian residents in insurance plans. The Detroit News/The Associated Press (10/23)
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Burwell asks physicians to encourage insurance enrollment
HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has asked family physicians to encourage their patients to enroll in or stay enrolled in a health insurance plan. "As family physicians, you know how hard it is for your patients when they don't have insurance, or have coverage that's unaffordable or runs out just when they need it the most," Burwell said at an American Academy of Family Physicians meeting. The Hill (10/23)
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Attorney: FDA wrong to change generic labeling rule
A proposed rule to allow generic drugmakers to independently update safety warnings is a bad idea because it would force makers of generic drugs to act like brand-name drugmakers and would lead to higher prices, Kirkland & Ellis attorney Jay Lefkowitz said in this interview. In addition, he said the draft goes against current law. The FDA "can't promulgate a regulation that is in conflict with the plain text of a statute," Lefkowitz said. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Pharmalot blog (10/23)
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Drug Industry Spotlight
Mylan loses bid to market generic of Pfizer's cancer drug Sutent
A U.S. District Court ruled that Mylan infringed on Pfizer's patent on the cancer drug Sutent when it attempted to market a generic version. Pfizer owns the rights to the drug, which is approved for pancreatic and gastrointestinal tumors as well as advanced kidney cancer, until 2021. Reuters (10/23)
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Opinion, Commentary & Analysis
Opinion: How high prices distort the search for new drugs
The pursuit of markets that support high prices is driving drugmakers to compete in narrow, already served niches that soak up investment that could go to developing drugs for patients with unmet needs, writes Dr. Peter Bach of the Center for Health Policy and Outcomes at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Forbes (10/23)
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