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US Election 2016

Set Alert for US Election 2016

Medical Innovation Bills On Fast Track In Congress, But Some Barriers Remain

With an all-Republican House, Senate and administration lined up to lead the government following the 2016 elections, the path is clear for passage of a set of FDA reforms to ease device approvals embedded in a combined House 'Cures' and Senate medical innovation package. It could even happen over the upcoming lame-duck session, before the new administration and Congress take over. But controversy around price-gouging by drug firms still could stymie quick Cures bill passage, an industry attorney predicts. Meanwhile, medtech industry groups plan to seize on the Trump victory as a means to achieve permanent device tax repeal.

Elections Policy & Regulation Legislation

Latest From Elections & Medical Device

Caught In The Crosshairs: What To Do When Congress Comes Knocking

Congressional investigations are harrowing events, if rare, for even the most organized device manufacturer. Speakers at a recent conference discussed how they happen and what strategies may help you get through them.

Elections Enforcement

Device Week, 20 December 2019 – Device Tax Repeal, US FDA Funds, LAB Act And More In Latest Budget

In this edition of Device Week, Medtech Insight senior reporters Ferdous Al-Faruque and Sue Darcey discuss a new spending bill approved by the US House and Senate that repeals the medical device excise tax, adds new funds for the US FDA and passes the LAB Act.
Device Week Policy

AdvaMed Chair: Another Device Tax Moratorium More Likely Than A Full Repeal

As the top medtech lobby groups continue to push for a permanent repeal of the medical device excise tax, one of their top lobbyists and medtech executives says it’s far more likely they will see another multiyear moratorium considering the political reality.

Lobbying Elections

Medtech Bill Sponsor Sen. Isakson Retiring At Year’s End

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-GA, who has sponsored and backed several key pieces of device-industry legislation over the last several years, said on 28 August that he will retire from the US Senate on 31 December 2019, due to health challenges.

Leadership Legislation

'Medicare For All' Bills Prompt Warning From Former US FDA Commissioner Gottlieb

In an address to the National Press Club on 10 May, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb pointed to some of the challenges that CMS would face in supplying coverage for new technology, should a "Medicare for All" bill be adopted by Congress and signed by the president. Medtech Insight analyzed provisions that could impact industry in some of the proposed bills, in a comparative chart.

Legislation Reimbursement

Diversity, More Advocacy Among Lobo’s Top Priorities As New AdvaMed Board Chair

Stryker CEO Kevin Lobo says while repeal of the medical device tax is his top issue, there are four main priorities he wants to work on over the next two years as industry advocate group AdvaMed’s board chair. They include better public engagement, increased advocacy work with the new Congress, advancing new technology – especially start-ups – and increasing diversity in the medtech industry.

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