The Big Problem with Price Controls: Scarcity

One of the most pressing problems facing Americans and the U.S. healthcare system is the affordability of prescription drugs. An estimated 58 million Americans face medication insecurity and have “been unable to afford prescribed drugs at least once in the last 12 months.” The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development claimed that per capita, Americans pay $1,220 per year […]

Inside Sources: Don’t Ban Smoke-Free Nicotine Products

When Philip Morris International (PMI) reacted to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of a modified risk tobacco product marketing order for its proprietary IQOS heat-not-burn product, it heralded it as a broader public health victory. The FDA confirmed that IQOS eliminates a traditional cigarette’s burning characteristics by heating the tobacco sticks to a vapor aerosol. This product is said […]

San Francisco Needs to Admit it Was Wrong About Vaping

San Francisco cares about your health — so much so that they outright banned the sale of e-cigarettes in 2020. As usual for SF, the ultra-progressive city sought to be a leader in the fight against electronic cigarettes, issuing one of the most stringent measures taken in the U.S. However, a recent study shows that the measure was probably […]

Hill’s Congress Blog: Are Unions Biting the Hand that Feeds Them and Us?

Last week, Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick California Sen. Kamala Harris joined with United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) President Marc Perrone to attack grocery retail stores across the country, demanding they reinstate hazard pay for all employees on the frontline – with no regard to the significant economic ramifications that come with such a sweeping […]

Flavor Ban Hurts Smokers Looking for Harm Reduction

By Elizabeth Sheld The public was sold a false bill of goods by “grassroots” anti-vaping activists when they crusaded against e-cigarettes and e-cigarette flavors in front of city councils, state houses and the U.S. Congress throughout 2019. We were told that the seductively delicious flavors of Juuls and other e-cigarettes were luring youngsters to dangerous nicotine […]

Misleading E-cigarette Claims Meet Reality

Vaping is as harmful as cigarette smoking. We face a youth vaping “epidemic.” E-cigarette flavors entice adolescents but provide minimal cessation benefits to adult smokers. As many people are initiated to smoking by e-cigarettes as those who successfully quit with their help. Sound familiar? These false and misleading statements about vaping and e-cigarettes have been […]

Coalition Opposes Expansion of CMS Regulations

Today, a group of 28 organizations, including ACI, sent a letter to the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in opposition to proposed regulations that would demand additional rebates from drug prices, including drugs that may have applications for patients during the current COVID crisis. The letter explains the many unintended […]

Consumers to Businesses: Be Upfront About Your COVID-19 Mitigation Policies

As the country slowly repeals the COVID-19 lockdowns, consumers and businesses are left to grapple with how they interact under the “new normal.” Consumers want to shop—but don’t want to catch the virus. Meanwhile, businesses want to sell—but fear being sued for spreading the virus among their customers. While discussions about limiting liability remain in […]

Medical Industry Deregulation Spurred by COVID-19 Should be Made Permanent

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government — along with many state governments — has moved to loosen regulations on medical licensing, telehealth, reimbursement, and FDA approvals. These measures have helped accelerate pharmaceutical innovation, expanded access to critical care, and empowered medical workers to focus more on patients than on red tape. These […]