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Carter introduces bill to close loophole blocking rare disease treatments from market

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) today introduced the Fairness in Orphan Drug Exclusivity Act, a bill to close a loophole that allows drug manufacturers to block new treatments options for rare diseases from coming to the market. The Fairness in Orphan Drug Exclusivity Act amends the Orphan Drug Act of 1983 to require all drugs that obtain seven-years of…

Carter introduces bipartisan Essential Medicines Strategic Stockpile Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Reps. Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-GA) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) introduced the Essential Medicines Strategic Stockpile Act to combat drug shortages and reduce the nation’s dependence on China for pharmaceuticals.  The bill, also introduced by the pair in the 117th Congress, would require the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a…

Carter Secures New Resources to Boost Health Care Workforce Across Georgia

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-GA) has secured new resources to help train and keep more health care workers in Georgia. In August, Sen. Ossoff, Rep. Carter, and 11 bipartisan members of Georgia’s Congressional Delegation launched an inquiry with the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to approve a new program to bring…

Carter leads letter slamming “impossible choice” for TRICARE beneficiaries

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) led a letter today alongside Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee Mike Rogers (R-AL) to Defense Health Agency (DHA) Director Lieutenant General Ronald J. Place calling on the DHA to ensure the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, military retirees, and their families, who have lost access to their local…

Carter, Schakowsky applaud passage of the Lymphedema Treatment Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) celebrated today’s passage of their landmark legislation, H.R. 3630, the Lymphedema Treatment Act, which will ensure Medicare Part B coverage of doctor-prescribed compression garments, the clinically recognized treatment for lymphedema. The bill, which was reintroduced in June 2021, is also co-led by…

Pulling Back the Curtain: Carter unveils report on lowering prescription drug prices

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SAVANNAH, GA – Rep. Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-GA) today announced the “Pulling Back the Curtains on PBMs” report, an initiative to educate Members of Congress and the public on the role pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), the pharmaceutical industry’s middlemen, play in driving up costs for medications, delaying necessary treatments for patients, and robbing hope from their loved…

Carter sounds alarm on conflict of interest threatening veterans’ access to prescription medications

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) sent a letter today to Seileen Mullen, the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, seeking answers about the recent announcement that a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), Express Scripts, will strip pharmaceutical access away from TRICARE patients and their families, a move that…

Carter, Ross introduce Improving Access to Safe Medicines Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) and Deborah Ross (D-NC) introduced bipartisan legislation today that will increase patients’ access to pharmaceuticals by cutting unnecessary bureaucracy within the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The Improving Access to Safe Medicines Act will ensure that the DEA makes timely decisions on whether to de-schedule drugs recommended…

Carter introduces bipartisan Access to Critical Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Services Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) today introduced The Access to Critical Non-Emergency Transportation Services Act, which expands access to non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) for vulnerable dual-eligible Medicare and Medicaid patients. Currently, Medicare beneficiaries must obtain prior…

Carter launches bipartisan caucus to secure America's pharmaceutical independence

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WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Rep. Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (GA-01) formed the bipartisan Congressional Domestic Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Caucus, a new working group in Congress that will focus on re-shoring and protecting the U.S.’s pharmaceutical manufacturing base.  The Caucus plans to help advance legislation that incentivizes more domestic production for critical…