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Sequestration Will Be Devastating to the Cure Enterprise

Margaret Anderson

For months, the defense industry has taken the Hill and media outlets by storm detailing the potentially catastrophic impact “sequestration” will have on national security, defense jobs, and our economy. The “S” word stands for automatic spending cuts that will take into effect if Congress does not reach a budget agreement to reduce the deficit by the end of the year. Members of Congress have expressed concern over the potential cuts to defense programs, and even Read More >

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MJFF’s Innovative, New Funding Program Addresses the Entire Therapeutic Pipeline

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To date, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has funded over $297 million in research, $77 million of which has been awarded to more than 160 unique, industry-led projects. In June 2012, MJFF announced its newest funding mechanism, the Therapeutic Pipeline Program (TPP), which combines MJFF’s previous Therapeutics Development Initiative (TDI), Repositioning Drugs for PD, and Clinical Intervention Awards (CIA) programs into a single, streamlined funding opportunity.  Open to both industry and academic Read More >

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Psoriasis Awareness Month: Psoriasis isn’t contagious but awareness is!

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Each August, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) sponsors Psoriasis Awareness Month, dedicated to raising awareness, educating the public and dispelling myths about the disease. What is psoriasis? Psoriasis isn’t contagious, but awareness is. Learn more at www.psoriasis.org. Photo © National Psoriasis Foundation 2012. Psoriasis is a chronic, noncontagious, genetic autoimmune disease that appears on the skin in red, scaly patches that itch, crack and bleed. It is the most common autoimmune disease in the country, Read More >

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New Rare Disease Miniseries

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Calling all biopharma researchers! Morning show “The Balancing Act” is producing a miniseries called “Roulette Wheel of Rare and Genetic Diseases,” and they are looking for pharmaceutical partners to help educate their audience. The series is working with the Global Genes Project to help educate patients and their families about new research, clinical trials, and government policies that affect those with a rare disease. Patient groups are already excited about this opportunity to spread awareness- take Read More >

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The Fight to Combat Illegal Online Pharmacies

Marjorie Clifton

By Marjorie Clifton, Executive Director, Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies Over 96 percent of websites claiming to sell prescription medications are out of compliance with U.S. pharmacy laws and practice standards.  The Partnership at Drugfree.org estimates that one in six Americans, approximately 36 million people have bought medication online without a valid prescription.  In 2010, the U.S. market alone accounted for an estimated $75 billion in sales for counterfeit drug makers; a lucrative prospect for Read More >

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