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In a highly significant move, a panel of independent experts voted unanimously that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should approve the first over-the-counter birth control pill, a recommendation that holds the potential to transform the way contraception is delivered in the U.S., STAT reports. After nearly two days of deliberations, the FDA advisory panel voted 17-to-0 after weighing a gamut of data and analyses to assess whether the pill — which was first approved as a prescription medicine decades ago — would be safe, effective and, importantly, easy for women of all ages to use appropriately. The FDA is expected to make a final decision this summer.
A U.S. Senate hearing on high insulin costs billed as a blockbuster showdown with drugmakers and middlemen turned out to be a familiar case of political theater that appeared to satisfy no one, STAT observes. The nation’s three biggest insulin makers, Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi, and a trio of pharmacy benefit managers — Express Scripts, OptumRx and CVS Health — testified in a three-hour hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The hearing sets up a debate by the same committee Thursday over a package of bills aimed at PBM reform. However, it provided little clarity on how to contain costs that have been rising for years.
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