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Under Pressure To Reduce Red Tape, FDA To Hold Hearing On Approval Process

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The Food and Drug Administration implemented a more structured approach to how new drugs are approved based on their safety risks as part of the reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act in 2010. At the meeting, the agency will likely hear testimony on experiences with this approach.

After Tragedy At Fla. Nursing Home, Advocates Say New Rule Protecting Residents Doesn’t Go Far Enough

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A new federal rule will require that nursing homes have “alternate sources of energy to maintain temperatures to protect resident health and safety.” But some say it is too vague and wouldn’t have necessarily avoided the deaths of the eight residents in Florida even if it had been in effect. Meanwhile, police have obtained a search warrant in their criminal investigation of the Florida nursing home, and The New York Times offers tips on choosing a reliable facility.

Weeding Out The Rhetoric From The Facts On Sanders’ ‘Medicare For All’ Plan

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The New York Times examines various claims — like that the majority of people are in support of a single-payer system — surrounding the proposal advanced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Meanwhile, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) asks the Congressional Budget Office to score the bill, which could make it an even tougher sell than it already is.