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2018 Pro Summit Highlights

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On Tuesday, hundreds of policy professionals gathered in Washington D.C. for POLITICO Pro’s 2nd annual Pro Summit. The full day of policy conversations featured panel discussions and keynote interviews with key decision-makers from the executive branch, federal agencies and Congress.

If you were unable to attend this year's Pro Summit or you want to revisit some of the day’s best content, you can find comprehensive event highlights and coverage here.

Here are the top three moments from Pro Summit keynotes:

1. FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb on labeling non-dairy products as Milk: “An Almond Doesn’t Lactate”

Commissioner Gottlieb discussed FDA plans to crack down on the labeling of non-dairy products as ‘milk’, joking that “an almond doesn’t lactate”, in a wide-ranging keynote interview with POLITICO Pro health care reporter, Sarah Karlin-Smith, and POLITICO Pro food and agriculture reporter, Catherine Boudreau.

Other highlights from the conversation with Commissioner Gottlieb included how the FDA is readying guidelines on biosimilars and smoking cessation products. The commissioner also elaborated on the FDA’s role in lowering drug prices.

The Trump administration will start cracking down on calling nondairy products like soy and almond drinks “milk.” “An almond doesn’t lactate, I will confess,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb at #ProSummit https://t.co/gDMRpOrbDp pic.twitter.com/cKqZB7042a — POLITICO (@politico) July 17, 2018


2. CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Medicaid Work Requests

After a federal judge halted attempts by Kentucky to impose Medicaid work requirements, Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said CMS remains committed finding a path forward on work requirements.

POLITICO Pro health care reporter Rachana Pradhan’s keynote interview with CMS Administrator Verma also covered plans for the CMS to help states lower drug prices.

This is not a one shot wonder.. We will not have one particular policy that will solve all the problems @SeemaCMS says on drug pricing actions. #pharam #ProSummit — Sarah Karlin-Smith (@SarahKarlin) July 17, 2018


3. Kevin McAleenan, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, called illegal border crossings into the U.S. a "crisis"

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan today called illegal border crossings into the U.S. a “crisis”. Despite border arrest numbers being lower than levels in past decades. Commissioner Kevin McAleenan asserted that the U.S. immigration system attracts vulnerable populations making the current situation at the border a “crisis”.

You can watch the commissioner’s full interview with moderator Luiza Ch. Savage here.

HHS' systems work well, but they take some time, @CBP_McAleenan says of the agency's efforts to reunite migrant children with families. #ProSummit pic.twitter.com/SHe0Q3vOdt — POLITICO Pro (@POLITICOPro) July 17, 2018

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