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

National Psoriasis Foundation

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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2012 Fall Event Preview

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The 2012 BIO International Convention, the global event for biotechnology, held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Mass., wrapped this June. The event hosted a record 25,291 partnering meetings and highlighted a broad array of top-level speakers addressing critical global challenges and the top issues in biotechnology. Hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the event drew 16,505 industry leaders from 49 states and 65 countries. See what BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood Read More >

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Developments in the creation of a single EU Patent System stalled – Again.

Catherine Mcloughlin

By Catherine McLoughlin, specialist solicitor for Biotech and Pharmaceutical Companies, Pannone LLP After 40 years of squabbling it was hoped that the European Union was close to finally establishing a single patent system. Following a decision ending six months of stalemate from the European Council on the location of three patent courts the European Parliament has refused to put the proposal for a single European patent to a vote. This brings further delays to the Read More >

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