President Appoints CDC Director

Brenda Fitzgerald has been tapped to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She currently works as the Commissioner of the Georgia Health Department, and is the president-elect of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Fitzgerald is a strong vaccination advocate, and has previously run unsuccessfully for Congress as a Republican in 1992 and 1994. Fitzgerald will replace the acting CDC director Anne Schuchat, who will return to her role as CDC principal deputy director.

Klobuchar Requests Information on Insulin Price Hikes

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is making inquiries into the price increase of insulin medication. She recently sent a letter to the CEOs of pharmaceutical companies Eli Lily, Sanofi, and Novo Nordisk. “The simultaneous price increases raise questions about potential coordination,” the lawmaker writes. Between 2010 and 2015, the list prices of insulin were raised by each of the companies by at least 150 percent. Sen. Klobuchar asks the companies to justify the higher prices.

Upcoming Congressional Meetings and Hearings

Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing on pending health care legislation; 2:30 p.m., 418 Russell Bldg.; July 11

House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on Combatting the Opioid Crisis: Battles in the States; 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.; July 12

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on Examining Medical Product Manufacturer
Communications; 10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Bldg.; July 12

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