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Express Scripts: PCSK9 drugs ‘good economics’

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On tonight’s program, NBC Nightly News looked at a new class of cholesterol lowering drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors. These drugs can help lower cholesterol in patients who are statin intolerant or who demonstrate an inadequate statin response. The FDA has approved two medicines in this class, and they are proving to be a good deal in the eyes of many payers. On Tuesday, Express Scripts announced that it would pay for both PCSK9 products, rather Read More >

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GTK GMOs Week 2: Sustainable Agriculture Practices

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We are now in week 2 of the Get to Know GMOs Month series! This week, we talked about how GMOs play a large role in sustainable agriculture. The misconceptions around GM crops are that they aren’t environmentally sustainable. In reality,  many of the practices often affiliated with sustainable farming are used with GM crops. In this week’s post, Sustainable Farming Practices You Didn’t Know are Used with GMO Crops, GMOA shows how GM crops require fewer pesticide Read More >

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“Know GMO” Documentary Stops in Africa

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“Know GMO” is a documentary in development meant to provide “an uplifting discussion about food” to help silence the noise and open the ears to facts that Scientists across the world are speaking. Robert Saik is the executive director of the movie project and his son Nick Saik is filming it. The Genetic Literacy Project reported on Saik’s trip to Africa to shoot part of the documentary. According to the GLP, Saik interacted with and interviewed Read More >

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Why State Food Labeling Mandates Are Bad For Consumers and Farmers

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Hundreds of food and agri-business representatives are in Washington this week visiting with members of the Senate to talk about biotechnology, GMOs, and food labels.  Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, explains in The Hill why the Senate needs to act soon to pass a federal GMO food labeling bill: There is a growing anxiety among American farmers, manufacturers and shoppers about confusing and expensive changes coming soon to store shelves unless Read More >

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WSJ Article Cherry Picks Cost, Ignores Value of Medicines

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Today’s Wall Street Journal story, “Price Increases Drive Drug Firms’ Revenue” reaffirms that old chestnut, “…a little information is a dangerous thing…”  When speaking to the complexities of the costs and benefits of America’s healthcare system, a publication like the Wall Street Journal should not cherry pick one aspect of that system to cover while ignoring the rest. Unfortunately and uncharacteristically, in this case, the paper focused on particular costs while ignoring value. In fact, Read More >

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