U.S. lawmakers from both parties and both houses of Congress introduced eight antitrust bills aimed at tackling the problem of high and rising drug prices, including bills to stop brand name drug companies from paying generic firms to stay off the market.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Xavier Becerra as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in a 50-49 vote.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said lawmakers will begin work on a robust Covid-19 relief package as early as next week, while the White House denied any plan for a scaled-back bill that could move quickly through the divided chamber.

The U.S. Congress approved an $892 billion coronavirus aid package, throwing a lifeline to the nation’s pandemic-battered economy after months of inaction, while also keeping the federal government funded.

Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said an agreement was reached by congressional leaders of both parties on a roughly $900 billion Covid-19 relief bill.

A top U.S. health official told a U.S. Senate committee that he expects Covid-19 vaccinations to take place over many months and that most Americans could be vaccinated by July 2021 at the latest.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $3.2 billion budget proposal for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that will boost the regulatory agency’s abilities to approve new medicines and medical devices, as well as protect the nation’s food supplies.

This extraordinary March and April – marked by rising numbers of Covid-19 cases and fatalities, suffering for patients and families, courageous efforts by clinicians, restricted social interaction, business closings, massive unemployment – has battered our healthcare system and economy. Here are a few early thoughts on how the evolving pandemic has changed the outlook for health policy after the November elections.

A bill to encourage the manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients in America was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bob Menendez (R-NJ).

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved an $8.3 billion bill to combat the spread of the new coronavirus and develop vaccines for the highly contagious disease, sending it to the Senate for final passage.