Tie Goes To The Nominee: Becerra Heads To Senate Floor
Without Republican support, Biden’s HHS nominee couldn’t get a majority in the Finance Committee, but that shouldn’t imperil his bid to become secretary of Health and Human Services.
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US Drug Pricing Bill’s Prospects Will Be Shaped By Whether Public Worries More About Access Than Cost
HR 3 has been re-introduced, and some provisions may be attached to the White House’s infrastructure bill, but the government price negotiation system envisioned by the bill may fail – if industry can convince Congress to focus on access to medicines, not their cost.
Public confidence in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may be shaken. But faith in the regulatory system is solid, according to a recent poll, an Administration official maintained.