Washington summary June 2017

Health Care Reform On May 24, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) advised Congress that the U.S. House of Representatives’ health care reform bill (H.R. 1628) would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 23 million. The Senate continues to work on its own...

Otsuka announces preliminary results of Phase 3 data on tolvaptan

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Otsuka) has released its preliminary results from an additional Phase 3 clinical trial of tolvaptan in adult patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). Primary and key secondary endpoints were positive for...

PKD Foundation awards fellowships to promising PKD researchers

To move us forward in finding treatments, the Foundation has selected four outstanding researchers as recipients of the 2017 PKD Foundation Fellowships. The fellowships recognize early-career scientists whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars –...

Washington summary May 2017

Health Care Reform On May 4, the House passed HR 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217-213. The bill would replace the current Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) was one of the first to state that the...

Washington summary April 2017

Congress Both the House and Senate are home until April 24. Trump Administration On April 5, the Senate HELP Committee held its hearing on the nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to head the FDA.  If confirmed by the Senate, Dr. Gottlieb will implement the 21st Century...