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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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Learning the Truth About Clinical Trials

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There are currently over 60,000 clinical trials occurring in the United States. These programs not only allow patients to access potentially ground-breaking new therapies, but also help researchers collect valuable data. Many patients have concerns about the risk involved, despite the importance of clinical trials in the drug development process. Common misperceptions can deter patients from seeking out new approaches to treatment that can currently only be found in clinical trials. The Masonic Cancer Center Read More >

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Pharmaceuticals Play a Key Role in Value-Based Care

Dan Leonard

By Dan Leonard, President, National Pharmaceutical Council Public and private sector health care stakeholders have been struggling with how best to achieve the triple aim of better care for individuals, improved health for populations, and slower cost growth. Figuring out the best health care delivery structures and approaches is a complex challenge with many variables and moving parts. That’s why there is a great deal of debate and research into what changes can support the Read More >

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Silk Improves Vaccine Longevity

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Who doesn’t love the feel of silk fabric? Dresses, ties, sofa upholstery- you name it, we can’t keep our hands off it. You may have also heard that silk is an excellent surgical material for sutures, bandages, and implants. But did you know that our favorite fiber may not only patch up the world, but heal it as well? Here’s the problem we face: Many vaccines need to be kept cold in order to work Read More >

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FDA Safety and Innovation Act: A Step Forward for Patients With Rare Diseases

Peter L. Saltonstall

By Peter L. Saltonstall, President and CEO, National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) includes the most groundbreaking measures for rare disease patients and their families since the Orphan Drug Act of 1983.  And, just as the rare disease patient community—with NORD as its unifying voice—played a major role in the Orphan Drug Act, NORD and rare disease patients have taken a leadership role in developing Read More >

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