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Partnership for Part D Access Launches Today

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BIO joins patient groups and other health care stakeholders today to announce the formation of the Partnership for Part D Access, a coalition committed to protecting access to necessary medications for patients in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. The Partnership for Part D Access opposes a proposed rule from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that would reduce the number of “protected classes” of medication in Medicare Part D, specifically Read More >

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Bioterrorism: Assessing the Threat

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Recently, the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications held a hearing on bioterrorism and biological warfare.Tom Inglesby, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Center for Health Security and Robert P. Kadlec, MD, Center for a New American Security, presented testimony outlining their concerns on current threats to public safety and recommendations for emergency preparedness. Drs. Inglesby and Kadlec asserted that the risk of biological attacks on the U.S. Read More >

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Immuno Oncology – A 30-year Overnight Success Story

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“It was the Rodney Dangerfield space – couldn’t get no respect” One would never guess those words were used to describe immuno-oncology, a field that has recently bloomed into full-fledged frenzy – with private companies raising unprecedented Series As, impressive data being announced and Science designating the field “Breakthrough of the Year” all in 2013. Yet Dr. Jeffrey Weber, an early member in the “i-onc” research community likened the past several decades of immuno-oncology to Read More >

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National Health Interview Survey: Adult Vaccination Rates Need Boost

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released immunization coverage estimates from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) for six vaccines routinely recommended for adults including pneumococcal, tetanus and Tdap, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, herpes zoster (shingles), and Human papillomavirus (HPV). These data indicate little overall improvement in vaccination coverage among adults from 2011 to 2012. Compared with 2011, modest increases occurred in three vaccines: Tdap, herpes zoster and HPV. However, vaccination Read More >

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Biotechnology Mending Broken Hearts

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It’s been just over 15 years since James Thomson first isolated embryonic stem cells in his lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In that time, some remarkable advances have been made. Namely, I’m talking about the ability to transform adult human cells into extremely useful pluripotent stem cells. A new treatment using pluripotent cells could potentially repair and regenerate damaged heart tissue. In a 2013 study published in The Lancet, Dr. Eduardo Marban, director of Read More >

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