House holds hearing on state of drug compounding   05/23/2013
The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee today held a hearing on the state of U.S. drug compounding and the potential need for federal regulation to improve the safety of compounded drugs. Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said the agency’s ability to take action against compounding that exceeds the bounds of traditional pharmacy compounding and poses risks to patients has been hampered by limitations and ambiguities in the law. “Given our experiences over the past 20 years and the recent fungal meningitis outbreak, we must do everything we can to clarify and strengthen FDA’s authority in this area,” she said. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee yesterday approved legislation to improve the safety of compounded drugs by clarifying the oversight responsibilities of state and federal authorities.
Senate committee approves NLRB nominees   05/23/2013
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee yesterday approved five presidential nominations to the National Labor Relations Board, which must still be confirmed by the full Senate. They are Mark Gaston Pearce, whose current term as board chair expires in August; Sharon Block and Richard Griffin, whose 2012 recess appointments were invalidated by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in January; Harry Johnson III, a partner with Arent Fox LLP who specializes in labor and employment law; and Philip Miscimarra, a partner in the Labor and Employment Group of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
IOM: Schools should help students meet physical activity guidelines   05/23/2013
Schools should help each child obtain at least 60 minutes per day of vigorous or moderate-intensity physical activity to support their health and development, according to a report released today by the Institute of Medicine. Recent estimates suggest that only about half of school-age children meet this evidence-based guideline. The report recommends devoting 30 minutes per day to physical education in elementary school and 45 minutes per day in middle and high schools, with at least half that time engaged in vigorous or moderate-intensity activity. It also calls for providing additional opportunities for exercise throughout the school environment.