Category: Federal


FDA Takes Steps to Ban Menthol, Flavored Cigar Tobacco Products

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its commitment to advancing two tobacco product standards to significantly reduce disease and death caused by using combustible tobacco products. The two standards – a menthol product standard and a flavored cigar standard – will aim to ban menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes…

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HHS Releases New Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Guidelines

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new buprenorphine practice guidelines that, among other actions, remove a long-established requirement tied to health care provider training. According to HHS, many providers have cited the training requirements associated with the prescribing and use of buprenorphine as a significant barrier to treating more…

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CDC, FDA Recommend Resuming Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccines

Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted their recommended temporary pause on the administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The move follows today’s vote by the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to recommend the resumption of Johnson and…

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As Country Reaches 200 Million COVID-19 Vaccines, Biden Calls on Employers to Provide Paid Time Off to Get Vaccinated

This week, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. announced the U.S. has reached its updated goal of administering 200 million COVID-19 vaccines within his Administration’s first 100 days. Recall, the goal was doubled after 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered by day 58 of the Biden-Harris Administration. To encourage the continued administration of COVID-19 vaccines,…

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White House Outlines Additional COVID-19 Investments

This week, the Biden-Harris Administration White House announced a number of significant investments in the federal government’s continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below, we highlight these actions: Fighting COVID-19 Virus Variants: Pointing to the rapid rise of COVID-19 virus variants nationwide, the Biden-Harris Administration announced significant investments to improve the nation’s capacity to detect,…

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Biden-Harris Administration Rolls Out Actions to Address Black Maternal Health

During Black Maternal Health Week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a series of actions to address the maternal health crisis in the U.S. Notably, the Biden-Harris Administration highlighted the disproportionate rates of maternal morbidity and mortality experienced in the U.S. compared to other countries, as well as the fact that black women are roughly two to…

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HHS Proposes New Title X Rules, Seeks to Undo Restrictions Established by Trump Administration

This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed new regulations governing the Title X Family Planning Program. Title X, enacted as part of the 1970 Public Health Service Act, provides individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services including breast and cervical cancer screening and STI/HIV testing. The…

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STDs Reach All-Time High for Sixth Consecutive Year

New data published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week found that reported annual cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the U.S. continued to climb in 2019, reaching an all-time high for the sixth consecutive year. The newly released 2019 STD Surveillance Report found: 2.5 million reported cases of…

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