Addressing drug pricing and improving healthcare access and affordability remains a salient topic on Capitol Hill, in the Trump Administration, with industry and the public. Over the summer, the Administration released its American Patients First blueprint, and over the past several weeks, the Administration has announced draft or final proposals intended to lower drug prices and increase access to affordable prescription drugs.
On the final day for signing or vetoing bills, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law SB 212 (Jackson), which establishes a comprehensive statewide take-back system for sharps and medications.
Both the House and Senate have adjourned until after the midterm elections. While the outcome of the elections will determine whether the Democrats win a majority in either the House or the Senate (or both), or if the Republicans maintain control of one or both chambers in the 116th Congress, both the House and Senate will return to Washington, D.C. in late November and early December (approximately 16-20 legislative days) to finish legislative work prior to the end of the year and the 115th Congress.
California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) welcomes the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) vision to begin the RFQ/RFP process for the development of a biomedical complex on the LAWA northside area site. This concept will greatly bolster California’s ability to keep up with the needs of the sector and further provide economic development opportunities for innovative life science companies.
Two major bills of interest to CLSA have been presented to Governor Brown for his signing or veto: SB 1121 (Dodd), which was signed this week, and SB 212 (Jackson), on which we await action by the Governor. A third key bill of interest to CLSA, AB 2167 (Chau), died in the Senate during the final week of the legislative session.
On Aug. 29, California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) held a public hearing regarding proposed regulations to implement Senate Bill 17, which was signed into law last year.
California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) today urged Governor Jerry Brown to sign Senate Bill 1121, legislation that helps protect clinical trials conducted in California, which are the lifeblood of new and innovative medicines to treat patients in need. SB 1121 was approved by the California Legislature earlier this year and awaits action by Governor Brown, who has until Sept. 30 to sign or veto the legislation.
CLSA was a proud sponsor and participant of the 6th Annual Rally for Medical Research & National Day of Action on Sept. 13-14, 2018, an annual event that brings together more than 300 organizations to call on our nation’s policymakers to make funding for National Institutes of Health (NIH) a national priority.
On Sept. 11, CLSA co-hosted a multi-state life sciences association Congressional briefing on the patent system and how it works toward encouraging innovation in the development of life saving technologies.
Assembly Bill 375, the California Consumer Privacy Act, will require companies that store large amounts of data, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and others, to disclose what kinds of data they collect, and give consumers more control over how that data is shared.