Medical Devices and Prescription Drug Policy

Medical Devices and Prescription Drug Policy

Lawmakers urge FDA to modify brewery grain rules

Lawmakers are pushing the Food and Drug Administration to modify proposed rules requiring breweries to inspect spent grain given to cattle.

In a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, 13 House members said the proposed regulation would impose heavy costs on small breweries.

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Manchin takes aim at FDA over approved painkiller

He is working with several other senators on a bill that would target the FDA's approval process, after the agency gave the green light in October to Zohydro, which critics say is a highly-addictive and easily-abused painkiller.

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Schumer to HHS: Stop painkiller until abuse-proof

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY.) called on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to overturn a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision to allow a powerful painkiller to enter the market in a form that can be abused.

“It is baffling that at the same time policy makers and law enforcement officials are waging a war on the growing prescription drug crisis, we are essentially rolling out the welcome mat to a new, more powerful, and easily abused super-drug,” Schumer said Monday.

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