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Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act Heading to the President as Amended by the Senate

On November 16, 2015, the House of Representatives agreed to the Senate’s amended version of the Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act (H.R. 639). We previously described how the version of H.R. 639 originally passed by the House gave manufacturers clarity and security on the timing of DEA actions related to the entrance of … Continue Reading

Amendment to CSA Closer to Becoming Law

DEA Chronicles welcomes guest blogger Julia Hudson, a Q&B Health Law attorney. On September 30, 2015, the Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act moved one step closer to becoming federal law by passing the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.  The bill, which was introduced on February 2, 2015 and passed in the House on … Continue Reading

Rising Heroin Use Linked to Rx Opiate Abuse

The Chronicles welcomes guest blogger Jazzmin Lewis, a summer associate in Q&B’s Indianapolis office. Jazzmin is entering her final year at Indiana University-Maurer School of Law. Last week the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report regarding the recent increase in heroin use in the United States. The report … Continue Reading

Second Bill Introduced in the Senate to Amend the Controlled Substances Act

As we previously reported, on February 12, 2015, Senators Hatch and Whitehouse introduced the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015.  Also on that date, the Senators introduced legislation that would also amend the Controlled Substances Act, as well as the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  This legislation addresses, among other things, … Continue Reading

Legislation Introduced in Senate Seeking to Amend CSA

On February 12, 2015, Senators Hatch and Whitehouse introduced the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015.  This is the companion bill to H.R. 471, sponsored by Representatives Marino, Blackburn, Welch, and Chu that was recently approved by the Subcommittee on Health, Energy and Commerce Committee. At a recent Congressional hearing, Linden … Continue Reading

Defining, but Protecting, DEA’s Suspension Powers: the Impact of HR 4069

The “Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act” introduced by Representatives Blackburn and Marino defines the term “imminent danger.”  The Controlled Substances Act requires DEA to find that a registrant poses an imminent danger to public health or safety before the Agency can issue an immediate suspension order, but the current law does not define … Continue Reading

Congressional Hearing on CSA Amendment

Today at 3 p.m., I will be joining DEA’s Mr. Joseph Rannazzisi, HDMA CEO John Gray and others to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health regarding a proposed amendment to the Controlled Substances Act.  H.R. 4069, introduced by Representative Tom Marino of Pennsylvania and Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, defines two key … Continue Reading
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