Articles by Jill Wechsler - BioPharm International

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Articles by Jill Wechsler

Medicare Drug Coverage Under Fire

Physician pay-patch bill offers something for everyone without resolving reimbursement problems.
Jul 18, 2008

Enough Republicans sided with Democrats last month to approve legislation canceling a scheduled 10.6% cut in Medicare fees for physicians. In doing so, the legislators tacked on dozens of provisions pleasing to beneficiaries and providers alike.

Biotech Innovation Boosts Orphan Drug Development

Economic incentives and regulatory flexibility can spur development of treatments for small patient populations.
Jul 1, 2008

The US Food and Drugs Administration is boosting its efforts for orphan drugs development.

Healthcare Reform Threatens Biotech Coverage and Access

Biotech companies fear comparative effectiveness analysis will emphasize product costs over value.
Jun 1, 2008

The comparative research approach may be preferable to price controls in the guise of government negotiations for the Medicare drug benefit, coverage denials, and limits on access to new technologies.

An Underfunded FDA Fights Back

Under fire, FDA is taking steps to regain its stature as an effective science-based regulatory agency.
May 1, 2008

The FDA is under attack from all sides. Many influential members of Congress either don't trust the agency to monitor the industry appropriately, or have found it politically expedient to keep sounding alarms about inadequate oversight of food and drug safety and clinical research. The good news is that there seems to be a growing consensus that FDA needs a major infusion of cash to regain its stature as an effective science-based regulatory agency.

FDA's Inspection Program Under Scrutiny

The heparin safety crisis puts a spotlight on manufacturing processes and regulatory oversight
Apr 1, 2008

The heparin safety crisis puts a spotlight on manufacturing processes and regulatory oversight.

CDER Gains Woodcock as Permanent Chief

Mar 12, 2008

When CDER director Steven Galson left last year, Janet Woodcock shifted back as temporary chief. And now, after a long search for a replacement, she has decided to take on the job herself.

FDA Encourages Quality by Design Initiatives

Mar 1, 2008

More informed submissions may lead to regulatory flexibility for postapproval changes.

Limited Resources Challenge Regulators

The much needed modernization of the agency's IT systems and inspection capabilities will likely fall prey to budget shortfalls.
Feb 1, 2008

The much needed modernization of the agency's IT systems and inspection capabilities will likely fall prey to budget shortfalls.

Biotech Manufacturers Face a Challenging 2008

FDA and industry must contend with new safety policies, pricing concerns, and pressure to innovate
Jan 1, 2008

The new year begins on a note of optimism. A major breakthrough in stem cell research promises to open the door to new biomedical research opportunities. The drawn-out Congressional debate over user-fee reauthorization and drug safety regulation is over, and most parties seem satisfied with resulting compromises. The vaccine industry is experiencing a resurgence after years in the doldrums, with important new vaccines on the market and more under development. And unlike many previous years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had a confirmed commissioner for all of 2007 and relatively stable leadership.

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