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San Francisco city hall representing Gavin Newsom granting access to Truvada without a prescription

California Governor Grants Access to HIV-Prevention Drugs Without a Prescription

Carah Wertheimer · October 10, 2019

San Francisco governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill to grant California residents access to HIV-prevention drugs PrEP and PEP without the requirement of a prescription.

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A photo of Angie Firmalino, patient safety advocate, lobbying for the Medical Device Safety Act in Washington, D.C.

14 Patient Advocates Traveled to D.C.—Here's Why (Photos)

Ashley Lombardo · June 4, 2019

In May, women from across the nation gathered at the United States Capitol to advocate for the Medical Device Safety Act. The bill, recently re-introduced in the House, aims to restore patients' Seventh Amendment rights. Here's why the women of the Medical Device Problems group are fighting for it.

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A photo of two children's silhouette while playing in the water at sunset, representing the neglected tropical disease act.

Bill Proposed to End Neglected Tropical Diseases

Tess Francke · May 20, 2019

The End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act, bill H.R. 826, deals with a group of 17 parasitic, bacterial and viral diseases. The bill intends to assist the 1 billion of the world’s poorest people affected by these illnesses.

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A photo of an open prescription pill bottle as the Prescription Drug Price Relief Act of 2019 aims to reduce prescription drug costs.

Could New Legislation Cut Drug Prices in Half?

Tess Francke · April 25, 2019

The Prescription Drug Price Relief Act of 2019 intends to end manufacturer monopolies and create a database of drug prices. Americans won't pay more for prescription drugs than the median price of the five major countries, such as Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan.

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A physician prescribing based on opioid legislation

Can Opioid Legislation Stem the Free Flow of Drugs?

Carah Wertheimer · March 18, 2019

As the opioid crisis continues to intensify, the numbers paint a grim picture. Unfortunately for those impacted by opioid addiction, U.S. opioid legislation to resolve the epidemic is unlikely to improve anytime soon.

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Photo of male hand holding opioids as news surfaces on how Trump Opioid Legislation Plan will address the opioid crisis.

Understanding Trump's New Opioid Legislation

S. Nicole Lane · November 15, 2018

Last month, Donald Trump passed the Support for Patients and Communities Act, a new opioid legislation that attempts to confront an epidemic that killed 49,000 people last year.

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An illustration of women's fists in the air to support the Medical Device Safety Act.

How to Support the Medical Device Safety Act

S. Nicole Lane · September 20, 2018

The Medical Device Safety Act allows women affected by Essure to seek legal recourse and ensures medical device manufacturers are incentivized to maintain product safety.

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WIll Senate Pass New Health Care Bill

Will The Senate Health Care Bill Fail?

Ashley Lombardo · July 21, 2017

While conservatives push to reduce regulations in the Senate health care bill, moderates focus on maintaining coverage through Medicaid.

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A portrait of an elderly woman living in a nursing home, looking forward to updated federal nursing home regulations.

Federal Government Updates Nursing Home Regulations

Ashley Lombardo · January 10, 2017

The U.S. Department of Health updated national nursing home regulations to extend additional protections to senior residential facilities.

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A packet of pink bills representing California's failed Prop. 61 to regulate drug costs.

California’s Prop 61 Fails to Lower American Drug Prices

Ashley Lombardo · November 18, 2016

California's Proposition 61, a failed measure, could have potentially lowered drugs costs by matching public prices with veteran's rates.

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An illustration of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Congressman Proposes E-Free Act to Ban Essure

Ashley Lombardo · September 29, 2016

The E-Free Act, proposed by Congressman Fitzpatrick, would revoke the contraception device Essure's FDA approval and pull it from the market.

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A group of chairs representing Congress' work on Ariel Grace's Law and the Medical Device Guardians Act to improve medical device safety.

Could These New Bills Improve Medical Device Safety?

Ashley Lombardo · May 28, 2016

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick proposes two bills, Ariel Grace's Law and the Medical Device Guardians Act, to improve regulations for medical device safety based on injuries related to Essure and power morcellators.

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