CLSA announces a major expansion to its advocacy team, hiring three new government relations directors based in its Sacramento and Washington, D.C. offices, bringing its in-house advocacy staff count to 9 personnel. Oliver Rocroi has been hired as Senior Director, State Government Relations; Manny Heer has been hired as Director, Alliance Development & Advocacy; and Adam Lotspike has been hired as Associate Director, Federal Government Relations.
CLSA Pres. & CEO Sara Radcliffe pens an op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News calling on Congress to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a controversial advisory board enacted as part of the ACA, which threatens seniors’ care and could harm biomedical innovation by reducing incentives for investment in new research and product development.
On March 16, the President released his budget blueprint for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which proposes deep cuts in funding for federal research at the NIH as well as an increase in FDA user fees.
Last August, State Senator Ed Hernandez (D-Asuza) pulled his drug price reporting legislation — Senate Bill (SB) 1010 — after the bill was amended in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. On March 15, he introduced SB 17, which is a somewhat modified version of last year’s bill.
CLSA President & CEO Sara Radcliffe comments on the President’s proposed $6 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in his budget blueprint.
CLSA President & CEO Sara Radcliffe reacts to the President’s proposed $6 billion cut to the NIH’s budget in this San Diego Union-Tribune article.
CLSA’s California Life Sciences Industry report featured in Trade & Industry Development on the strength of California’s life sciences sector.
CLSA’s Jenny Carey and EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases’ Julia Jenkins pen an op-ed in The Hill on the need enact sound public policies that help tackle the more than 7,000 rare diseases affecting 30 million people, more than half of whom are children.
CLSA’s Brett Johnson, Sr. Director of Policy & Regulatory Affairs, provides analysis and cites concerns regarding Assembly Bill 265, legislations introduced in the California state legislature that would ban drug companies from offering consumers coupons for drugs that have a lower cost alternative.
On Feb. 16, House Republican leadership distributed a policy brief outlining how they intend to go about repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) originally enacted in 2010.