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Morning Consult: Medicare’s Deadly Cancer Care Gamble


Today in Morning Consult, cancer survivor and health economist Jennifer Hinkel writes about the threat posed to cancer patients by CMS’s proposed Medicare Part B drug payment model: Who will bear the most significant burden? It will be the poorest, oldest, and least educated patients who will struggle to understand whether they and their doctors have been assigned to the “experimental arm” of this reimbursement research trial. These Medicare beneficiaries will be the unwitting subjects Read More >

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Harvard Law Advocates for Patient Access to Hepatitis C Cure


There is hope for the 3.5 million people living with Hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the United States. Therapies approved in recent years can eliminate the virus in 96 to 99 percent of patients, according to Harvard Law’s article “The Price of Life.” So why is there is still such a high number of people infected with this disease? Ask the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) whom Harvard Law’s Center for Health Law and Read More >

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Report Finds Increasing Number of 340B Hospitals Provide Minimal Charity Care

A new report released yesterday by the Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B (AIR340B), of which BIO is a member, found a dramatic decline in charity care provided by 340B hospitals in 2014, which was the first year of coverage expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The report found that over a third (37 percent) provided charity care representing less than 1 percent of total patient costs – far higher than the 24 percent Read More >

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Tackling Zika: Q&A With PaxVax CEO Nima Farzan


As mosquito season kicks into high gear and the threat of Zika transmission in the United States grows, the global health community is grappling with how to address not only the potential for large-scale outbreaks in the near-term but the possibility that Zika will linger as an on-going threat, similar to West Nile virus, for years to come. More than 15 companies and public-health organizations have publically stated that they are working on Zika vaccine Read More >

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Development of a Novel Zika Vaccine with MVA-VLP Technology


Since the World Health Organization (WHO) first designated the Zika virus an international public health emergency on February 1, 2016, public health officials have become increasingly alarmed. On April 13 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, confirming the previous suspicions that Zika virus causes severe birth defects, including microcephaly – a condition where children are born with unusually small heads. The virus is Read More >

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