Author Archive: Tracy Cooley

Tracy was the Director of Events Communications and handles all communications for BIO’s events and emerging company policy issues.

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BIO Statement: Institute for Clinical and Economic Review Framework


This week, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) released its Value Assessment Framework. While we welcome a robust discussion on the value of treatments and cures, we have concerns with ICER’s methodology, which has not been validated, and preliminary conclusions which underestimate the value of innovative new medicines. We believe that the most important priority is to empower patients with information that will be helpful in clinical decision-making with their healthcare providers, and Read More >

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Politico: Carter’s Cancer Care Reflects Improved Drug Treatments

Jimmy Carter, Wikimedia Commons, The Commonwealth Club

This week, Politico’s Jason Millman highlights the treatment and care that Jimmy Carter is receiving for the melanoma that doctors found in his brain this month. The care he is receiving reflects improved drug treatments through a new class of breakthrough drugs that is changing the nature of how doctors and patients approach cancer care. Millman raises the issue of end of life care, a debate that he asserts ‘too often ignores patients’ wishes and brings Read More >

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Congress Blog: Medical Advances Keep Me Running

U.S. Capitol Building - Congress

This week, 74-year-old multiple myeloma patient Don Wright shares his story on how cancer drugs have allowed him to not only keep his cancer in check, but enabled him to be well enough and free enough to run marathons around the country. For 12 years, Wright has been battling a cancer called multiple myeloma, a rare cancer in the bone marrow that used to have a life expectancy of just three years. Medical advances changed that. Read More >

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August: National Immunization Awareness Month

Adult vaccination

This month, we recognize National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) to emphasize the value and importance of vaccination to protect and promote health and well being and encourage healthcare professionals to recommend the vaccines their adult patients need. All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill, and can pass certain illnesses on to others. Immunization is especially important for older adults and for adults with chronic conditions such as Read More >

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Rx Response Changes Name to Healthcare Ready

Healthcare Ready

Yesterday, Rx Response announced that its name will be changing to Healthcare Ready. For nearly nine years, Rx Response has helped protect patients’ continued access to medicines in more than 55 different disasters. The rationale for the name change is to better reflect its shifting mission of providing assistance in areas of healthcare outside of medicines and pharmacy. The group has gained significant experience and expertise in ‘coordinating the healthcare system and the public sector during disasters, Read More >

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