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Setting the Record Straight on Innovation and Drug Development

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Modern biotechnology is a relatively young industry, but in just over 40 years, the entrepreneurs, researchers and investors working in this field have firmly established themselves at the forefront of medical innovation and the search for new cures and therapies for previously untreatable diseases. That’s why it is important that policy proposals designed to respond to the activities of outliers like Turing Pharmaceuticals and Valeant do not hurt America’s leadership in biotechnology innovation and investment. Read More >

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Mesothelioma: Once Hopeless Cancer, on the Verge of Promising Advances

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Mesothelioma, the word, (pronounced mez-uh-thee-lee-oh-muh) is often much better known than the illness it represents. The legal issues surrounding this cancer make mesothelioma, the most expensive keyword on Google (while most keywords cost pennies, the keyword mesothelioma can cost over $300 per click). Mesothelioma, the illness, is a cancer that most often affects the lining of the lung or abdomen; it has no cure and treatment options for patients are few. Prognosis is generally considered Read More >

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Biotech Policy Outlook at #BIF15: 21st Century Cures, IPR, TPP, and PDUFA VI

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To even the most casual observer, 2015 has been a big year in the biotech industry, particularly in Congress and in other venues wherein public policies that affect the sector take shape. Given the importance of the policy environment in determining how successful companies in our industry can be at delivering new cures and treatments to patients – and a return to the investors who finance their activities – we decided that a close look Read More >

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Roll Call: Patient-Centeredness, Comparative Effectiveness, and Value

In Roll Call, Tony Coelho former House Majority Whip, Chairman of the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) and author of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) discussed the need for a patient-centered approach to healthcare. Coelho says: “Policymakers talk about the “value” of treatments as if there is one value algorithm that applies to all patients equally. While that may be true in academia, in the real world value is personal. Research on treatment Read More >

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Wall Street Journal: Patients Deserve Better

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In case you missed it, The Wall Street Journal published my Letter to the Editor this morning.  I make the point that the problem isn’t innovative new treatments from America’s biopharma industry but rather the complex web of health-insurance schemes patients must navigate to access needed medicines. Here is the text of the letter: “Innovative treatments and cures have radically transformed how we treat disease—saving and improving lives and providing tremendous benefits to patients and Read More >

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