POLICY BRIEFINGS


Studies to Help Veterans Avoid Opioid Painkillers


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the VA Health Services Research and Development Division, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse announced they will sponsor 13 research studies costing about $21.7 million in a five-year effort to find alternatives to opioid painkillers for veterans experiencing chronic pain.


Members Ask for HIPAA Privacy Rule Relief


Reps. Tom Marino (R-PA) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to the HHS Secretary asking that the agency provide mobile app developers with more up-to-date, clear and easier-to-understand guidance on complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.


FDA Campaign to Stem Counterfeit Drugs


In response to what federal prosecutors have identified as fake offers and counterfeit medications from rogue pharmacies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it began faxing flyers to providers that offer information on how to identify the bogus offers, such as missing safety information and unfamiliar dosing instructions.



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