December 19, 2019

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Public Health & Healthcare Preparedness
Invitation to Manufacturers of Pertussis Serological Kits.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announces an opportunity for commercial manufacturers to work with CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases on the validation of pertussis serological kits prior to submission to the Food and Drug Administration for marketing authorization.  (Federal Register, 12/18/17)
CDC Gets List of Forbidden Words: Fetus, Transgender, Diversity.
The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation's top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including "fetus" and "transgender" - in official documents being prepared for next year's budget.  (Washington Post, 12/15/17)

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Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, on New FDA Efforts to Support More Efficient Development of Targeted Therapies.
The FDA has an important role to play in advancing this targeted approach to treating disease by building a modern framework that ensures we're providing the guidance and resources needed to efficiently develop these novel products using new technology.  (FDA, 12/15/17)
Problems with PEPFAR Supply Chain "Should Scare All of Us," Says US Global AIDS Chief.
Deborah Birx, the United States global AIDS coordinator, said Tuesday that problems with the supply chain that supports the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief signal a need for greater accountability of the global health initiative's resources.  (Devex, 12/13/17)
President Signs Defense Bill that Seeks to Protect Detrick Lab.
President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes protections for a laboratory at Fort Detrick that his administration had slated to close.  (Frederick News-Post, 12/12/17)
New CDC Head Faces Questions About Financial Conflicts of Interest.
After five months in office, President Trump's new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been unable to divest financial holdings that pose potential conflicts of interest, hindering her ability to fully perform her job.  (Washington Post, 12/11/17)
2016 Summary Report on Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals.
This summary report presents the sales and distribution data for the 2016 calendar year for actively marketed antimicrobial drugs approved for use in food-producing animals by drug class, medical importance, route of administration, indication, and dispensing status, as well as species-specific estimates of these sales and distribution.  (FDA, 12/17)

Homeland Security & Disaster Preparedness
National Security Strategy of the United States of America.
National Security Strategy lays out a strategic vision for protecting the American people and preserving our way of life, promoting our prosperity, preserving peace through strength, and advancing American influence in the world.  (The White House, 12/18/17)

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HHS Highlights Office for Civil Rights' Ongoing Response to the Opioid Crisis, While Implementing the 21st Century Cures Act.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights today launched an array of new tools and initiatives in response to the opioid crisis, while implementing the 21st Century Cures Act.  (Department of Health & Human Services, 12/18/17)
Large Outbreak of Neisseria meningitidis Serogroup C - Nigeria, December 2016-June 2017.
On February 16, 2017, the Ministry of Health in Zamfara State, in northwestern Nigeria, notified the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) of an increased number of suspected cerebrospinal meningitis (meningitis) cases reported from four local government areas (LGAs). Meningitis cases were subsequently also reported from Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, and Sokoto states, all of which share borders with Zamfara State, and from Yobe State in northeastern Nigeria.   (CDC, 12/15/17)
Energy Department Workshop Focuses on Long-Term Plan for Puerto Rico's Energy Infrastructure.
The Department of Energy held a Puerto Rico Power Resiliency Workshop on December 13, 2017 to gather experts from the whole community of public and private energy stakeholders to support a long-term plan to enhance the resilience of Puerto Rico's energy infrastructure.  (Department of Energy, 12/14/17)
Keeping Facilities Open: Stabilizing and Restoring Puerto Rico's Health Sector Following the Island's Worst Hurricane Season Ever.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) immediately deployed thousands of staff members and health care providers to Puerto Rico. Almost daily, the national media highlighted work HHS Disaster Medical Assistance Teams did to save lives.  (ASPR, 12/14/17)
Children with Congenital Zika Virus Infection Face Serious Challenges as They Age.
Most children born with microcephaly - small head size for age - and evidence of congenital Zika virus infection face severe health and developmental challenges at ages 19-24 months, according to results from a new investigation led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the State Health Secretariat of ParaĆ­ba and the Ministry of Health of Brazil.  (CDC, 12/14/17)

FDA Launches New Tool for Sharing Information that Allows Doctors to Better Manage Antibiotic Use; Improve Patient Care.
The agency created a website that will provide direct and timely access to information about when bacterial or fungal infections are likely to respond to a specific drug. This approach is intended to aid health care professionals in making more informed prescribing decisions that will both benefit their patients and prevent the spread of resistant bacteria.  (FDA, 12/13/17)
The 3 Ps: Preparation, Prevention, Protection.
On this episode of Women of Washington, host Gigi Schumm welcomed Katie Fox, acting deputy administrator for protection and national preparedness at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Fox has worked with FEMA on several projects and even helped to develop simple tips for how to prepare, prevent and protect yourselves (3 P's)  in a national disaster situation.  (Federal News Radio, 12/13/17)
Natural Disasters of 2017: Congressional Considerations Related to FEMA Assistance.
This Insight provides a short overview of issues Congress may consider in its oversight of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's federal assistance during the 2017 hurricane season (e.g., Harvey, Irma, and Maria) and other disasters.  (Congressional Research Service, 12/6/17)
FEMA's Firefighter Assistance Grants: Reauthorization or Sunset?
The AFG and SAFER grant programs are structural firefighter assistance grant programs housed in the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Department of Homeland Security. Both competitive grant programs provide direct funding primarily to local fire departments.  (Congressional Research Service, 12/5/17)

Science & Technology Policy
FDA Proposes New, Risk-Based Enforcement Priorities to Protect Consumers from Potentially Harmful, Unproven Homeopathic Drugs.
To protect consumers who choose to use homeopathic products, this proposed new approach would update the FDA's existing policy to better address situations where homeopathic treatments are being marketed for serious diseases and/or conditions but where the products have not been shown to offer clinical benefits.  (FDA, 12/18/17)
Synthetic Biology for Engineering Applications.
This Funding Opportunity Announcement invites applications to conduct research to advance the understanding and application of synthetic biology for human health. It will support 1) the development of innovative tools and technologies in synthetic biology and 2) their application in biomedical research and human health.  (, 12/15/17)
Looking Ahead: Some of FDA's Major Policy Goals for 2018.
Patients and consumers across our country depend on us to regulate products in a predictable, efficient, science-based manner. We also serve the public health by efficiently advancing innovations and therapies that improve patient care, enhance choice and provide competition.  (FDA, 12/14/17)
A Chance for Real Congressional Support for Science.
Lamar Smith's decision not to seek-reelection to the House could be an opportunity to return to evidence-based policy.  (Scientific American, 12/13/17)
Global Re-Thinkers: Jason Matheny.
Matheny is the head of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, a US government agency formed in 2006 that funds the development of predictive technology in order to ward off impending global crises and conflicts, as well as highlight potential opportunities where the United States could gain an intelligence edge on its competitors.  (Foreign Policy, 12/17)
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