2 lawmakers unveil bill requiring FDA registration of compounders
Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., introduced legislation that would mandate registration with the FDA by drug compounders. The Supporting Access to Formulated and Effective Compounded Drugs Act would create an FDA database for use by federal and state regulators in the oversight of compounding pharmacies, but the bill is not expected to be voted on by the end of this session. On Dec. 19, state and FDA officials will meet to discuss states' current authority to regulate compounders. Modern Healthcare (subscription required)
Governors urge Obama to loosen strings on Medicaid funds
Governors meeting with President Barack Obama about avoiding automatic tax increases and spending cuts asked for more flexibility in their management of Medicaid and other federal-state programs. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat, said that his state would have to revisit its plan to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act if the federal government reduces funding. CBS News
AABB seeks next CEO
AABB seeks a leader with a commitment to improving health care to serve as its next chief executive officer. This prestigious position offers an extraordinary opportunity to lead a respected national professional and scientific association that serves as a preeminent knowledge-based organization focused on improving health through advancing the science and practice of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has been retained by AABB to assist in recruiting the new CEO. Those interested in applying for the position should visit the company's website for more details.
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