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Breaking news… May 2-6

F.D.A. Imposes Rules for E-Cigarettes in a Landmark Move

Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2016

The federal government made a final ruling this past Thursday on the future of the e-cigarette industry. The Food and Drug Administration issued new rules intended to regulate e-cigs, vape liquids, and bansale to anyone under 18, requiring that adults under the age of 26 show a photo ID for purchase.


Health tech sector must anticipate public policy changes, former FDA chief says

Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
By Christopher Calnan, Staff Writer -Austin Business Journal

Dr. Mark McClellan, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, makes the case that with so many moving parts in the healthcare technology sector, it’s extremely important that tech companies follow business plans that run parallel to governmental and public policies. With the costs of drug development rising and the number of drug approvals declining, this protocol is more important than ever.

Texas health officials relieved as state gets Medicaid extension

Posted: Monday, May 2, 2016
By Mary Ann Roser – American-Statesman Staff

Texas healthcare providers recently learned that the $29 billion federal Medicaid program that helps them pay for the needy will see a 15-month extension. This Medicaid waiver has provided hundreds of millions in healthcare services to underserved Travis County residents, and also has funded DSRIP projects aimed at finding better ways to deliver care.