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Partners for Healthy Dialogues: Letter to CMS

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BIO, a member of Partners for Healthy Dialogues (P4HD), joined 25 medical societies and manufacturers in a letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services highlighting both their shared commitment to sunshine and the importance of context in the upcoming data release.  As BIO CEO Jim Greenwood said in a Q&A with P4HD: “We believe that part of CMS’s public service function in this area should be to help improve the public’s understanding of the need for Read More >

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New Report: Innovation in Hepatitis C Treatment

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Today, the California Healthcare Institute released a report on the public health impact of Hepatitis C and the potential of groundbreaking new treatments to save tens of thousands of lives over the coming decades. Innovation in Hepatitis C Treatment: New Opportunities for Action explores the incredible progress that has been made in Hepatitis C treatment in the decades since the Hepatitis C virus was identified as the cause of the disease in 1989. Early treatments Read More >

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Report Shows Biotech Crop Varieties Continue to be Preferred By U.S. Farmers

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Tom Saidak reported for BioBased Digest on the latest U.S. adoption data for genetically engineered varieties of corn, cotton and soybeans. In Washington, BIO commented on the USDA’s Economic Research Service Report, Genetically engineered varieties of corn, upland cotton, and soybeans, by State and for the Unites States, 2000-14. Key findings for 2014 included 94 percent of all soybeans grown in the U.S., 93 percent of all corn, and 96 percent of all cotton are Read More >

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BioCentury TV This Week: 340B Drug Discount Program Needs More Oversight

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BIO’s Laurel Todd shared concerns that the 340B program has departed significantly from its original intent, leading to evidence of abuse and potentially harmful consequences for patients. “The original intent of 340B was to support the most vulnerable patients; clearly that is not the focus for many of the participants in the program now,” said Todd. Todd pointed to three primary reasons the program needs more oversight: Exponential growth, significant violations revealed in audits, and Read More >

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Beggar-Thy-Neighbor Medicine: Wall Street Journal Op-Ed

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In an editorial about specialty drug prices, the Wall Street Journal writes: “To understand how ObamaCare is already bending the future of U.S. medical progress, consult the furor over specialty drug prices, as an alliance of convenience among third-party payers assails pharmaceutical innovation as too costly. Maybe patients should give up on cures and, as President Obama once put it, just take the painkiller…” Read the full opinion

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