CMS Administrator McClellan To Address Medicare Rx Drug And Medical Device Issues At Audio Conference Dec. 10

CHEVY CHASE, Md., and ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- FDC Reports, Inc., publisher of "The Pink Sheet" and "The Gray Sheet," in partnership with Polidais LLC, announce a new Drug & Device Dialogue interactive web-based audio conference featuring Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Mark McClellan, MD/PhD.

"A Conversation with Dr. Mark McClellan" Friday, Dec. 10 2:00-3:00 pm EST http://www.drugdevicedialogue.com/

Hear from Dr. McClellan on the drug and device reimbursement issues involved with implementation of the Medicare Modernization Act and ask questions on the challenges facing your company.

Learn more about CMS' implementation of the Medicare Rx drug benefit, including the status of the final Part D regulations, the U.S. Pharmacopeia's model Medicare formulary guidelines, and the agency's efforts to generate interest among pharmacy benefit managers and reinsurers in sponsoring stand- alone Medicare drug plans.

Get an update on expectations for the newly-formed CMS Council for Technology & Innovation. The council plans to develop guidance documents explaining the agency's "reasonable and necessary" coverage criteria and the scope of the guidance program is under review.

  Find out firsthand during this interactive, web-based audio conference:

  * What should drug companies do to get ready for the Medicare drug benefit
    -- how should business practices change?

  * What effect will the program have on pricing?

  * Will FDA's mission change in light of the Medicare drug benefit?

  * In developing guidance documents, to what extent will CMS adopt FDA's
    good guidance practices?

  * How will the agency handle new technology add-on payments in FY 2006?

  Register today!

Only $297 for single-line (computer/phone) access; $627 for multiple lines at one organization. To register, or for more information, please visit http://www.drugdevicedialogue.com/ or call 800-332-2181. Drug & Device online symposiums feature high-quality audio presentations over the Internet or telephone, complemented by synchronized slide presentations, background materials and user-friendly Q&A.

FDC Reports, Inc.

CONTACT: Cathy Kelly of FDC Reports, Inc., +1-301-664-7151, orc.kelly@elsevier.com

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