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WSJ: “You can’t make medical progress by punishing medical advances.”

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Check out today’s Wall Street Journal Editorial, highlighting why you can’t make medical progress by punishing medical advances. The editorial highlight’s how political attacks on the innovation ecosystem undermine the ability to bring important advances to patients. It notes that new initiatives, such as the Administration’s cancer “moonshot,” will be less likely to find success if short-sighted politicians create “investment uncertainty” that will drive away private capital away from the biopharmaceutical sector.” Read more in Read More >

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Tomorrow: From Volume to Value: Designing a Patient-Centered Healthcare System (Webcast)

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Tomorrow at the Newseum, The Hill will be hosting a live discussion about the transition from volume-based to value-based care. A live webcast will be available for the event, which begins at 8:30 am ET. Last week, Jim Robinson, President of Astellas Pharma US, shared his thoughts in a related op-ed at The Hill. Biopharmaceutical innovation is transforming what it means to be a patient battling some of our most difficult diseases, such as cancer, Read More >

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Senators Talent and Graham: Time to Act on Threat of Biological Terrorism

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Last Friday in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Former Senators Jim Talent and Robert Graham wrote about the growing threat of biological attacks and threats and steps our nation can take to help prepare for them, including some of the recommendations in the report of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, on which BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood serves. The first step is to stockpile the medical countermeasures that will be necessary in the Read More >

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Family Caregiving is Global, Not Local

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We often think of family caregiving as a local issue. As policymakers in the U.S. continue to put pressure on the healthcare and long-term care systems to cut costs, many believe that caring for an aging or disabled loved one is a personal issue. We ask the family caregiver to take on assistance with daily activities, medical and nursing tasks, financial management, and care coordination. Supports, where available, are typically provided through individual health plans, Read More >

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Washington Post: Gene Therapies Offer “Dramatic Promise”

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Yesterday’s Washington Post has an in-depth article about gene therapy, a type of therapeutic intervention which alters the underlying DNA responsible for producing certain diseases. The technology is enjoying a resurgence, fueled by some stunningly positive results in certain clinical trials recently. The authors begin with the story of 23 year old Allison Corona, who suffers from a congenital diseases that left her legally blind at age four. After receiving a gene therapy treatment: The world Read More >

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