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Q&A: Washington hearing instrument specialist discusses FDA’s new rule that allows adults with mild hearing loss to buy hearing aids over the counter

| Aug 25, 2022 | Washington

A new FDA rule allows adults with mild to moderate hearing loss to buy hearing aids over the counter (OTC). The rule establishes a new category of hearing aids that will be sold directly from stores or online retailers without the need for a medical exam, prescription, or a fitting...[ Read More ]

5 slides: Bending the Rx cost curve

| Nov 4, 2021 | Maryland

Panelists with diverse expertise and perspectives on biosimilar medicine came together to discuss how to increase the accessibility and affordability of these medications at State of Reform’s Virginia and Maryland “5 Slides” conversation on Tuesday. Spearheading the conversation were Robert Popovian, PharmD, senior health policy fellow at the Progressive Policy...[ Read More ]

VDH commends FDA approval of Pfizer vaccine

| Aug 23, 2021

Upon the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Monday, Virginia State Vaccination Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula quickly voiced his support. The vaccine was granted full licensure for people aged 16 and older, and continues to be authorized for emergency use for people aged 12-15, according...[ Read More ]

Arizona health officials praise FDA’s Pfizer approval, encourage Arizonians to get vaccinated

| Aug 23, 2021 | Arizona

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially granted full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech version of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) said the vaccine will be under the brand name Comirnaty and is available for anyone 16 and older. Individuals in the 12 to 15...[ Read More ]

Texas "Truth in Medicine Act" could broaden off-label use of medications

| Apr 21, 2021 | Texas

Senator Paul Bettencourt is hoping to make off-label uses of medications more accessible to Texans who could benefit from them. His bill -- SB 1820, or the “Truth in Medicine Act” -- would address the “federal gag order” on sharing information concerning off-label uses of Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved...[ Read More ]

COVID-19 hospitalizations soar as Washington updates coronavirus response

| Nov 25, 2020 | Washington

The Washington Coronavirus Response Joint Information Center announced updates to the state’s COVID-19 response plan in the midst of a large increase in COVID-19-related hospitalizations. According to the Washington Department of Health (DOH), the state is experiencing steep hospitalization rates with 932 hospitalized patients recorded on Nov 23rd -- almost...[ Read More ]