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Emily Ethridge


Emily Ethridge covers health care policy as a staff writer for CQ Roll Call. Prior to that, she covered several committees, the Senate floor, and the House floor as part of CQ's legislative action team. She also wrote for a newsletter covering the prescription drug and medical device industries.

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Emily has lived in the District of Columbia since graduating from the Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Writing Seminars. She currently lives in the Logan Circle neighborhood and enjoys trying to keep up with her fellow runners at CQ Roll Call.

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Stories by Emily Ethridge:

Enhanced FDA Tracking System to Monitor for Counterfeits, Contamination

March 31, 2014

One of the Food and Drug Administrationís newest tools in trying to protect consumers from counterfeit or contaminated drugs is a system to enhance tracking of products throughout the distribution chain.

As Food and Drug Imports Increase, FDA Focuses on Becoming Global Health Organization

March 31, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration is tasked with overseeing the safety and quality of most of the food, medical devices, drugs, biological products, vaccines and cosmetics in the United States. But every year, more and more of those products come into the country from other nations.

Can Congress Solve Medicare's 'Doc Fix' Problems?

Dec. 9, 2013

With all the enthusiasm and energy to get rid of the flawed system that Medicare uses to pay physicians, why isnít it gone yet?

Payment Cuts Might Not Lead Doctors to Avoid Medicare Patients

Dec. 9, 2013

Provider groups have often raised the specter of physicians shutting their door to Medicare patients as a possible consequence of the perpetually looming Medicare physician payment cuts. But administration officials and the independent Medicare Payment Advisory Committee say the problem is not as dire as some suggest.

Lawmakers Attempt to Keep Up With Synthetic Drugs

Oct. 28, 2013

In 2012, lawmakers hailed legislation that outlawed the sale of 26 designer drugs ó substances meant to mimic the properties of illegal drugs such as marijuana or cocaine. The synthetics have been linked to incidences of violence, overdoses and suicides.

Law Enforcement Struggles to Prosecute on Synthetics

Oct. 28, 2013

The prosecution of manufacturers and distributors of synthetic drugs presents different challenges from going after typical drug dealers, law enforcement officials say.

Eric Cantor All Revved Up After NASCAR Pitstop

Sept. 26, 2013

With the government days away from shutting down, and Republicans still searching for votes on a measure to raise the debt ceiling, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor took some time Thursday to focus on whatís really important: the children.

A Primer on Compounding Pharmacies and Regulation by Congress

Sept. 9, 2013

Senators hope that they will soon get a chance to quickly pass legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration more authority over compounding pharmacies. For months, lawmakers in both chambers have been working on the best way to respond to last yearís fatal fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a contaminated compounded drug.

Importance of Compounding Pharmacies Not Disputed by Congress

Sept. 9, 2013

Although lawmakers are working to increase oversight of some compounding pharmacies, they agree that the practice of traditional compounding serves an important purpose and should be protected.

Senators Push FDA for Stronger Sunscreen Standards

July 8, 2013

Beachgoers reaching for the sunscreen this summer may notice some new labels on the bottles, including warnings that the product may not protect against skin cancer.

Salt Encompasses Billion-Dollar Industry in U.S.

June 21, 2013

Salt may be at the heart of a dietary disagreement, but itís also the main ingredient in a billion-dollar American industry.

Failed Obamacare Bill Will Get House Do-Over

May 22, 2013

A month after House Republican leaders were forced to pull an unpopular Obamacare revision from the House floor, bill sponsor Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., said he expects to see a modified version under consideration again in ďa couple of weeks.Ē

Sequester Withholding of FDA User Fees Irks Industry

May 17, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration is able to do its work in part because of a symbiotic relationship with the industries it regulates. But recently that relationship has been knocked off balance.

Conservative Goals Could Stymie Some GOP Health Care Law Efforts

May 14, 2013

Conservative groups and some lawmakers are pushing Republicans to focus on legislation that would ruin the health care lawís implementation ó a strategy that complicates efforts to pass any other kind of health care bill.

Health Insurance Anxiety on Capitol Hill

April 25, 2013

Lawmakers and congressional staff members are concerned about whether the federal government will continue to pay part of their premiums as they move to buying insurance through the exchanges next year.

Health Advocates Push for Medicare Benefit Change

April 8, 2013

Health care stakeholders complain that some of Medicareís benefit structure is still stuck in the 1960s, when the program was created. As lawmakers search for ways to reduce government spending, many are looking to find savings by bringing all of Medicare into the current century.

Senate Budget Resolution Includes Seven Health-Related Features

March 26, 2013

Although the Senate-adopted budget resolution upholds the 2010 health care overhaul, Republicans added several repeal and oversight provisions through amendment votes on the floor and in committee.

GOP Sees Plenty of Value in Persisting Against Health Care Law

March 25, 2013

Observers watching the Senate on the afternoon of March 13 could be forgiven for feeling a little bit of dťjŗ vu. Senators were once again voting on a motion to try to disable the 2010 health care overhaul ó this time by delaying any funding for the law, courtesy of an amendment from Republican freshman Ted Cruz of Texas.

Budget Chairman Ryan Projects Balance Through $5 Trillion in Spending Cuts, Medicare Shift

March 10, 2013

The House Republican budget will balance the budget over 10 years in part by cutting spending by about $5 trillion and turning Medicare into a premium support program, Rep. Paul D. Ryan said Sunday.

Medicare Agency Nominee Likely to Face Health Care Law Questioning

Feb. 8, 2013

Marilyn Tavenner has another shot to be confirmed as leader of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, but getting there will require defending the 2010 health care law to Senate Republicans.

FDA Might Decide When a Cigar Is Just a Cigar

Feb. 4, 2013

An expensive, high-end cigar selected from one of the best boutique manufacturers. A small grape-flavored Swisher Sweet bought in a pack at a gas station for less than $1 each. Are they the same thing?

Harkin Retirement Leaves Social Policy Hole in Senate

Jan. 30, 2013

The retirement of Chairman Tom Harkin in 2014 means the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is likely to wind up with a different kind of leader.

Long-Term Care Provisions Would Be Repealed in Fiscal Cliff Bill

Jan. 1, 2013

The bill to avert the fiscal cliff would repeal a suspended program in the 2010 health care law that has long been targeted by Republicans.

Cuts to Some Medicare Payments Provide Offsets for 'Doc Fix'

Jan. 1, 2013

The Senate-passed fiscal cliff bill would block for one year a scheduled 27 percent cut in reimbursements for Medicare physicians, paid for by familiar cuts and adjustments to other provider payments.

One-Year 'Doc Fix' Included in Fiscal Cliff Package

Dec. 31, 2012

The fiscal cliff legislation worked out Monday contains a one-year payment patch for physicians who treat Medicare patients, paid for by health care offsets, according to a Senate Democratic aide.

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