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Setting the Stage for PDUFA VI: Recap of Stakeholder Briefing

On July 15, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VI) Goals Letter for fiscal years 2018 through 2022.  The Goals Letter, thoughtfully negotiated by the FDA and biopharmaceutical industry with input from the patient and provider stakeholder communities, outlines the performance goals committed to by the FDA and the biopharmaceutical industry to evaluate drug safety, improve the speed and efficiency of the FDA’s drug review Read More >

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New Report Shows Value of Quality Measures for Adult Vaccines

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Every year, more than 40,000 American adults are hospitalized or die due to vaccine-preventable diseases. Treating vaccine-preventable diseases among adults also costs the U.S. tens of billions of dollar every year. As the U.S. population ages at an unprecedented rate, with 78 million Baby Boomers becoming seniors, improving rates of adult vaccination is a national imperative. In a new white paper, The Value and Imperative of Quality Measures for Adult Vaccines, renowned vaccine experts — Read More >

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Take Action: Sarcoma Awareness Month

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The pages on the calendar have quickly turned and July is again upon us.  For most, July means freedom from school, a summer vacation, or celebrating our nation’s independence.  But those of us in the sarcoma community know that this month means something else as well.  As we know, July is Sarcoma Awareness Month. Why do we have a Sarcoma Awareness Month?  Simply, sarcoma is still considered to be the “forgotten cancer.”  Our efforts to encourage Read More >

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Conference on Clinical Research for Rare Diseases on November 3rd

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BIO members may be interested in the upcoming Conference on Clinical Research for Rare Diseases, hosted by the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network.  The Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network is an initiative of the Office of Rare Diseases Research, NCATS, funded through a collaboration between NCATS and the NIH.  The conference will be held on November 3, 2016 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. There are more than 6,800 diseases classified as “rare” (defined as Read More >

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8 Reasons New Medicines are Needed for Alzheimer’s

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Last week, the Alzheimer’s Association released an infographic with eight mythbusting facts to help dispel common misconceptions about the disease when it comes to prevention, financial impact, symptoms, and other areas. As the infographic confirms, there is no cure for this irreversible neurological disease, and only half of people living with Alzheimer’s (the 6th leading cause of death in the US) have actually been diagnosed. PhRMA’s report on Medicines in Development for Alzheimer’s Disease notes Read More >

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