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Bloomberg Caught Spreading Another Inaccurate “False Alarm” About Drug Prices

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I was deeply disturbed by Bloomberg’s inaccurate report this morning that attempted to examine drug costs. The article claims it “decodes [our industry’s]…pricing practices.” But, in reality, it does no such thing. It fails to take in the full picture of biopharmaceutical successes and failures; admits its “proof” is merely guesstimates from an organization that wasn’t involved in pricing decisions; and in some cases, it just plain gets the facts wrong. First, this article myopically Read More >

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ICYMI: Gov. Tom Ridge, Tara O’Toole on Investing in Bioscience to Protect Against Bioterror

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Writing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last week, Governor Tom Ridge and Tara O’Toole remind us that dangerous diseases are emerging more and more frequently, and that investment in bioscience is critical to fight these drug-resistant infections. When we cannot or fail to halt this spread, they create epidemics. This summer, the world is struggling to contain the spread of the Zika virus. Last fall, it was Ebola. Before that, it was MERS, SARS, avian flu. Read More >

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ICER’s Methodology Needs to Take Into Account Key Stakeholder Voices

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Last week, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) released the scoping document for their pending review of therapies that treat non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).[1] The scoping document itself lays out the importance of these therapies given the realities of this deadly disease:[2] Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.[3] It is predicted to kill 158,000 Americans this year.[4] NSCLC makes up about 85 percent of lung cancers,[5] Read More >

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How GMOs Fit Into the Farm Toolbox

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GMOs are a valuable tool on the farm, but they’re not the only one. In a new post on the GMO Answers Forbes.com page, Katie Pratt, an Illinois farmer, discusses what goes into her farm toolbox: On the farm our tools range from the typical tractor and seeds to tablets and satellites.  While some are more important than others, each tool has its place and without the others would not be as effective or efficient. Probably Read More >

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BVGH Releases Report on BIO 2016 International Convention Activities

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BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH), an organization dedicated to improving global health through programs and initiatives that engage pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies, released a report highlighting its BIO 2016 Convention outreach activities including an expanded African Pavilion, a panel session, Global Innovation Hub presentations and more. “Building on the success of its multi-African country pavilion at the 2015 Convention, BVGH coordinated a larger Africa pavilion and expanded Africa-focused programing at the 2016 Convention. With 16 Read More >

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