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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Brings Attention to the Need For Private Funding

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – the social media phenomenon in which people post videos of themselves dumping buckets of water on their heads – has swept through social media like wildfire as part of an effort to raise both awareness and funding for ALS research. It’s pretty safe to say that it’s working.  As of Thursday morning, the ALS Association had received $41.8 million from existing donors and more than 739,000 new donors over Read More >

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WSJ Editorial: The Medical Innovation Threat

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An editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal looks at the rising threat the American insurance industry’s increasingly loud attacks on Sovaldi, a revolutionary new Hepatitis C treatment pose for medical innovation and the development of new specialty drugs. As the editors rightly note, “Sovaldi is the kind of medicine that the drug scolds claim to want—a true scientific advance with a near-perfect cure rate for Hepatitis C, the liver-destroying virus that infects one of every 100 Read More >

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Promising vaccine companies set to take the stage at BIO Investor Forum

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It is no secret that vaccines are a hot space in biotech right now, and the 13th Annual BIO Investor Forum will feature several companies working on promising vaccine R&D. The event, scheduled for October 7-8 in San Francisco, Calif., will feature 120 late-stage private and emerging public company presentations. Attendees at the BIO Investor Forum will hear from Immunovaccine, a clinical-stage vaccine development company focused on product candidates for cancer therapy, infectious disease and Read More >

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AP: Groups Claim Insurance Discrimination

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In this August 18 article, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar highlights assertions by patient groups that new insurance barriers are discriminatory against sick people, particularly patients with chronic conditions. More than 300 patient advocacy groups – including the AIDS Institute, the American Lung Association, Easter Seals, the Epilepsy Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Kidney Foundation and United Cerebral Palsy – recently wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Read More >

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Docs to FDA: Biosimilars should have different names than branded drugs

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Yesterday, Fierce Biotech highlighted a letter written by more than 10 medical associations and 20 individual specialists to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg saying that biosimilars “must have distinguishable nonproprietary names. The FDA drafted a set of rules for biosimilars in 2012, sparking a debate on whether those drugs should carry the same generic names as the originator products. Now, some doctors are weighing in on the issue, urging the FDA to require biosimilars to have distinguishable names. The physicians argued that using different Read More >

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