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November 5, 2012
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  • Mail-service pharmacies fill void left by storm
    Widespread flooding and power outages have disrupted the pharmacy supply chain in New York and New Jersey, leaving many patients unable to fill prescriptions at retail stores. Patients should try using mail-order pharmacies because mail and package delivery services are still operational, says Donna Leusner, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Health. The Huffington Post (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative & Regulatory News 
  • Expect a fast flow of ACA rules post-election
    States and the federal government have publicly slowed work on implementing the Affordable Care Act recently, but they have been working quietly on rules and policies that will be released over the next two weeks. Any rules and regulations that are not final by Nov. 22 would be easy for Mitt Romney's administration to halt if he is elected. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Drug Industry Spotlight 
  • FDA: Decisions on some drugs pushed back by Sandy
    Superstorm Sandy postponed for as much as two days regulatory timelines for prescription drugs, biosimilar drugs and medical devices with target dates around Oct. 29 and 30, the FDA said. It is weighing whether a delay is needed for drugs with target dates on or after Oct. 31. Reuters (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Markey unveils bill to bolster FDA oversight of drug compounders
    Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced the Verifying Authority and Legality in Drug Compounding Act to authorize FDA oversight of compounding pharmacies. "Compounding pharmacies have been governed by fragmented regulations for too long, leading to the worst public health disaster in recent memory," Markey said. The bill "ends this regulatory black hole by giving the FDA new, clear authority to protect patients and oversee these companies." Blog (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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