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Amanda Makki

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Amanda Makki is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice on health care legislative and regulatory issues and advocacy including drug pricing, health care provider payment and audit issues, and medical device reimbursement, Medicare Part D, and federal appropriations for public health care programs.

Amanda is engaged in the firm’s pro bono efforts providing counsel and assistance through Legal Counsel for the Elderly, a leading provider of free legal services, as well as TERRIFIC Inc., an organization that provides food, shelter and healthcare services to Washington, D.C. senior citizens.

Professional Background

 Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Makki served as Director of FDA Legislation and External Affairs for Novo Nordisk, where she led the global health care company’s external affairs efforts and managed legislation relating to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She worked with pharmaceutical and medical trade associations on the passage of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act Reauthorization bill (PDUFA VI) as well as enactment of the 21st Century Cures Act, which among other things, authorized funding for the National Institutes for Health (NIH) and provided innovators with more clarity and consistency when with federal healthcare regulations.

Prior to her private sector experience, she served for over a decade in both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government, where she served for more than seven years as the senior health advisor to Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee during debate and passage of the Affordable Care Act. While serving in Senator Murkowski’s office, she developed numerous pieces of health care legislation and amendments, and helped to set overall messaging and policy strategy for the senator. She also worked for Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, where she provided legal counsel on healthcare and education issues. While in law school, Ms. Makki served as legal intern for Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), HELP Committee Chairman where she worked on a variety of issues including medical malpractice legislation, drug importation, and legislation pertaining to the FDA. Ms. Makki’s federal agency experience includes working for the Army General Counsel at the Pentagon as a George W. Bush political appointee.