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Top three issues of SB 605: Medical Device Right to Repair Act

Jun 9, 2021

For the 2021-2022 Legislative Session, Senator Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) introduced SB 605, the Medical Device Right to Repair Act, which would allow health care facilities to contract out repairs for medical devices to third parties other than those under a contractual obligation with the manufacturers. While this policy proposal is problematic for various reasons, CLS..

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Cal-OSHA Votes on Workplace Rules

Jun 3, 2021

On Thursday, June 3, Cal-OSHA met to discuss workplace rules and COVID-19. After meeting for almost 10 hours, the board ultimately voted to allow workers in a room to take off their mask if every person is fully vaccinated and does not have COVID-19 symptoms. Masks will be required if anyone in the room is..

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CLSA Requests Support For Legislation To Restore R&D Tax Credit To Assist With The State’s Economic Recovery

Mar 26, 2021

The California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) sponsored and introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 593, with Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (AD 74) which reinstates the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit and Net Operating Loss (NOL) deductions for life sciences companies in California for tax years 2021 and 2022.

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New Data Show Foreign Reference Drug Pricing Proposals Would Reduce The Development Of New Innovative Medicines In California By 88%

Mar 24, 2021

Biocom California and the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) today released data analyzing the potential impact of international reference pricing (foreign price controls) on California’s biopharmaceutical innovation ecosystem, including investment into small company capital formation and the new drug development pipeline.

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CLSA Applauds The Release The Medicare Coverage Of Innovative Technology (MCIT) Final Rule

Jan 28, 2021

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final “Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) and Definition of ‘Reasonable and Necessary” rule (42 CFR Part 405).  The rule, if implemented as planned in March of this year, creates a pathway for automatic CMS coverage – for 4 years – of medical devices that receive Food and Drug Administration (FDA) breakthrough technologies program designation and subsequent market authorization through their Expedited Review Approval Process.

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California Unveils New Approach To Vaccine Allocation And Distribution

Jan 27, 2021

On Tuesday, January 26, Governor Newsom revised the vaccine rollout plan to help streamline allocation and distribution. Vaccine distribution will now be led by the Government Operations Agency along with CA Health and Human Services and CA Department of Public Health.

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CLSA And BIO Hosted A Briefing “The Transformative Potential Of Gene Therapies”

Jan 27, 2021

On Tuesday, January 26th CLSA and BIO hosted a briefing titled, “The Transformative Potential of Gene Therapies” in partnership with the California Select Committee on Biotechnology and the California Rare Disease Caucus. This briefing was moderated by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin and was attended by legislators, legislative staff and members of the rare disease community who are interested in learning more about gene therapies.

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