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Resolve to Know More During National Infertility Awareness Week®

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Did you know that 1 in 8 couples struggle to have children and build their families due to the disease of infertility? This statistic represents a colleague, a friend in your book club, a couple at your Thanksgiving dinner table. Having infertility can feel embarrassing and isolating, but you can help your friends feel less misunderstood and alone by resolving to know more about infertility this week, during National Infertility Awareness Week®. This year marks the Read More >

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FasterCures Webinar: Value and Coverage

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Today, FasterCures hosted a webinar to discuss how reimbursement decisions impact innovations needed to improve health. The discussion helped provide the medical research community with a fundamental understanding of the evolving coverage landscape. An expert panel outlined the basics of health care plan coverage policies, alternative payment models and evidence-based performance measurements. Margaret Anderson, Executive Director of FasterCures, kicked off the webinar by posing two critical questions – who should determine value and what should inform these decisions? Read More >

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USA Today: Vaccine opt-outs put public health at risk

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In an editorial yesterday, USA Today’s editors called attention to a growing public health problem: the resurgence of vaccine preventable illnesses as a result of parents choosing to forgo vaccinating their children. The paper notes recent outbreaks of measles in small clusters, including Orange County, California, which saw 22 cases reported this month, and Brooklyn, New York. In all of 2013, there were 189 cases reported nationwide. Already this year, we’ve seen 115 cases, in Read More >

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BIO to Labor/HHS: Increase Funding for Critical Public Health Programs

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BIO sent a letter to appropriators to encourage support for programs and initiatives that are of great importance to the American public and the advancement of public health, and that will help meet our nation’s unmet medical needs. Specifically, we request the following: National Institutes of Health (NIH): We request that the Committee provide NIH with at least $32 billion. Since the doubling of the NIH funding between 1998 and 2003, funding has failed to Read More >

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BIO Calls on Appropriators to Fully Fund FDA

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BIO issued letters today encouraging support for programs and initiatives of critical importance to our industry as appropriators develop the Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. Perhaps most importantly, we emphasize the importance of a strong, fully-funded FDA with the resources necessary to keep pace with rapidly-evolving biomedical science and to make sound regulatory decisions in a timely and efficient manner. We are requesting a total Read More >

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