U.S. Congress Passes Omnibus Funding with Significant Increases for Medical Research

We have some good news, the United States Congress has passed the Omnibus spending package.  The package will fund the U.S. Government through fiscal 2016.  We should take note that this bill includes a $2 billion increase for the National Institute of Health (NIH), a 5% increase for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the [...]

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense Increases FY14 DOD Budget Markup

The US Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense yesterday marked-up their version of the FY14 Defense Appropriations Act. The full committee is scheduled to mark up tomorrow Thursday). The following is an excerpt from the committee’s summary of the bill: Significant increases to DoD medical research efforts, including: o $200 million for the Peer-Reviewed Medical Research [...]

DOD Gets a Thumbs Up From Congress for FY14 – Some Great News

Yesterday we did have some good news for cancer survivors which didn’t get any significant attention. Most of the media attention from yesterday’s congressional budget vote was focused on an amendment dealing with NSA surveillance, the House did actually vote on final passage on the FY14 Defense Appropriations bill which included funding for the Department [...]

DOD PCRP Gets Funded for the 2014 Budget Year

I have often discussed the importance of the Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP), which is a part of the Department of Defense (DOD) Medical Research Program. The program is geared to delivering funding for prostate cancer research that is translational, or will be quickly interpreted in the clinic. Like all other government funding it very [...]

FDA and Medicare Regulation—Their Role And What Will Happen In the Future – Part Two of a Two Part Post

Will the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) be able to optimize patient care with regard to both on-label and off-label drugs? CMS', at this time, has not shown itself to be either in favor or against new technology or the introduction of new uses for drugs. They still seem interested in promoting access [...]


OK, I give up. I clearly don’t understand American politics! A new House proposal puts research funding at center of broader FY2012 budget debate, but not the way I would have predicted. In a surprise move the Republican House leaders released a draft proposal that would increase fiscal year 2012 funding for the National Institutes [...]