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Thomas Sullivan
Columbia, Maryland
Former political consultant who founded Rockpointe, Inc. a bio-medical education company in 1995.
Interests: marketing, politics, baseball, cycling, medicine, university of florida sports, medical education, track and cross country, driving kids to various practices
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The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) recently published its 2014 Annual Report Data which includes data on the size and scope of the continuing medical education (CME) enterprise nationwide. In looking at the trends from 2007-2014, the report... Continue reading
Posted 19 hours ago at Policy and Medicine
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Last week, Telegraph UK published a number of articles based on undercover interviews that targeted the relationships between drug companies and employees of the National Health Service (NHS). The articles noted that that NHS formulary decision-makers may also work as... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Policy and Medicine
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Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas O’Neill of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied Cephalon’s motion to dismiss False Claims Act allegations brought by three former employees. Bruce Boise, Keith Dufour, and Andrew Augustine, joined by the United States,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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The sixteenth annual Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Compliance Congress will take place October 21-23 at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, DC. The three-day conference features an impressive array of expert speakers and faculty from regulatory agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, and law... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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Polaris has reported that Frumtök, the Icelandic Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry, has adopted the EFPIA Disclosure Code. Indeed, the Association’s website reveals that though Frumtök is “not a formal member of EFPIA we acknowledge the Disclosure Code and fully... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Medicare Part D program integrity, an increasingly hot topic. Members of Congress are especially concerned about, as Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton phrased... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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The Food and Drug Administration's Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco, Robert Califf, recently offered his take on what is holding back medical progress. While a common critique is that the Agency's red tape is holding up innovation, Califf... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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The July issue of Life Science Compliance Update is available for download. This month's publication covers a number of mid-year highlights, including the 21st Century Cures Act, enforcement targets and trends, new transparency initiatives, and practical compliance insight. On the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Policy and Medicine
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In an article issued Online First in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) authored "Advancing Continuing Medical Education," by Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO of the ACCME. Dr.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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The Ninth Annual CBI Transparency and Aggregate Spend meeting will take place August 17-19 in Washington, DC. The transparency meeting features an impressive array of speakers to provide up-to-date information on how to streamline transparency reporting and use data analytics... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed rule to update the Medicare physician fee schedule for 2016. Among the many proposals, CMS seeks comment on whether to add Open Payments data to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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On Friday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced they had updated the Law and Policy page on the Open Payments website with information about the revised reporting requirements for continuing medical education. CMS also announced three FAQs... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently added several new entries to its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Most of the questions relate to the new round of data that the agency published on June 30. CMS addresses the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
Seth Whitelaw is President and CEO of Whitelaw Compliance Group, LLC. As a compliance officer, I always looked for data to support the fact that the compliance program made a difference; something I knew intuitively, but could find little objective... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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A study published in JAMA this month looked into the frequency of industry relationships among members of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and the “perceived effect of those relationships on IRB-related activities,” as compared to a virtually identical study conducted in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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We previously reported on Amarin’s lawsuit against the FDA, arguing that its restrictive interpretations of off-label speech would prevent the company from sharing “truthful and non-misleading information with healthcare professionals”. The lawsuit continues, and there has been significant back and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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The 2014 Open Payments database covers 11.41 million transactions between manufacturers and covered recipients (physicians and teaching hospitals), totaling $6.49 billion. With such an immense amount of data, it can be hard to make meaningful analysis of the information. Open... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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Novartis has been in the news a fair amount recently—both for good and bad reasons. Starting with the good, the company’s heart failure drug Entresto has been hailed as a breakthrough that could help millions. The treatment is the first... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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The U.S. House of Representatives today approved H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, by a vote of 344-77. The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support, despite some opposition to the mandatory spending stream to NIH on the Conservative side. "The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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Seth Whitelaw is President and CEO of Whitelaw Compliance Group, LLC. On the first of July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the second round of Open Payments data, revealing the various transfers of value made from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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During last month's DIA Annual meeting in Washington, D.C., online patient community PatientsLikeMe announced a research collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration to determine how patient-reported data can give new insights into drug safety. PatientsLikeMe has 350,000 members with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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According to CMS, more than 460,000 of the 1.25 million eligible Medicare providers did not meet deadlines to submit data for the Physician Quality Reporting System in 2013. The agency noted that about 70% of those who did not meet... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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The Department of Justice announced recently that AstraZeneca agreed to pay the United States and participating states a total of $46.5 million, plus interest, to resolve allegations that it knowingly underpaid rebates owed under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program. In... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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Source: Unite Here! After calling for boycotts of multiple medical meetings in several cities the Unite Here trade union launches a campaign to end commercial support of CME. A number of articles have been written about Unite Here, a union... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Policy and Medicine
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Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the second year of Open Payments data, detailing the transfers of value made from pharmaceutical and device manufacturers to physicians and teaching hospitals in 2014. While the data release... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Policy and Medicine