Months Of Negotiations Over ‘Cures’ Bill Could Unravel In Light Of Trump Presidency
The package would have simplified the regulatory process of prescription drugs and medical devices and provided funding for health care innovation projects. However, its future is now uncertain.
Donald Trump Looks Like A Roadblock For 'Cures' Legislation In Senate
Lawmakers have spent months negotiating a package of bills that would clear the path for a major shift in the way the country regulates prescription drugs and medical devices — one meant to help spur innovation in health care. In exchange for simplifying the regulatory process, a top priority for Republicans, Democrats would secure additional funding for the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health. (Kaplan, 11/10)
The Washington Post:
What Will President Trump Mean For Science?
Donald Trump will be the nation’s next president, the shocking conclusion to a long and divisive campaign in which science was barely mentioned. Now, many people in the research community are contemplating what a Trump administration will mean for their work — and they don't like the outlook. “Trump will be the first anti-science president we have ever had,” Michael Lubell, director of public affairs for the American Physical Society, told Nature on Wednesday. “The consequences are going to be very, very severe.” (Kaplan, 11/9)
Meanwhile, a look at how the election affected key health care committees —
Energy And Commerce In Flux, Senate Committees Largely Unchanged
President-elect Donald Trump opens a door for Republicans to follow through on a longtime vow to repeal Obamacare. But it’s unclear exactly how Republicans would replace the law, and which GOP lawmakers might lead the key committees in the House to work on that effort. That’s because Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) is term-limited, so he will step down as Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman. Reps. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), John Shimkus (R-Ill.) and former chairman Joe Barton (R-Texas) are all vying for the chairmanship. Shimkus currently sits on the health subcommittee. Walden chairs the communications subcommittee. Walden may be the favorite because he just handed the Republicans a better-than-expected win. (McIntire, 11/9)