The state of California is facing delays in its efforts to produce low-cost insulin and is unlikely to meet its 2024 timeline, Bloomberg Law reports. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced in March that the state had formed a partnership with Civica Rx to produce an insulin known as CalRx that would cost no more than $30 per 10ml vial and no more than $55 for a box of five, 3 mL pre-filled pens. However, California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly, M.D., told Bloomberg Law the launch date would extend beyond 2024 due to unanticipated delays.
A group of 48 senators sent a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, Dept. of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Dept. of Labor Acting Secretary Julie A. Su asking for the Biden administration to require all insurers to fully cover over-the-counter (OTC) contraceptives. The politicians want the plans to cover the medications with no copays or out-of-pocket costs and without requiring a prescription. Opill, the first FDA-approved OTC birth control pill, is expected to become available early next year. The senators signing the bill included Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee; Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), chair of the Senate Finance Committee.