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NPR’s Shots Blog: Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases

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This past weekend, Michaeleen Doucleff at NPR’s Shots blog shared a fascinating but disturbing map from the Council on Foreign Relations, How Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases. The map covers 2008-2013 and shows outbreaks of measles, mumps, rubella, polio, whooping cough, and other diseases that are preventable with vaccines. As the article notes, we’ve seen a large increase in whooping cough cases here in the US. While the 24,000 cases seen in Read More >

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The Hill’s Congress Blog: Innovation in medicine isn’t optional – it’s imperative

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Earlier this week, The Hill’s Congress Blog posted an op-ed penned by Andrew von Eschenbach and Paul Howard entitled, “Innovation in medicine isn’t optional – it’s imperative” highlighting the importance of encouraging innovation and preserving incentives for drug development. The authors recommend increased cooperation and collaboration between industry, academia, and regulators, in addition to recognition by the federal government that ‘a vibrant life-sciences industry will generate higher national productivity, lower total health care costs, and Read More >

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Young Invincibles Still Need Flu Shot

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Last Friday, the CDC reported that 35 states are seeing widespread cases of influenza. Young and middle aged adults are getting hit harder than usual this season due to the prevalence of the H1N1 (swine flu) strain, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Most years, it’s the very young and very old who are most affected. Unlike 2009, when H1N1 re-emerged after lying dormant for decades, this year’s flu shot does include protection against H1N1. However, Read More >

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Flu Week: It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate

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This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, established by the CDC to encourage people to get vaccinated as we enter the holiday season. In the past few years, estimates have shown that flu vaccination activity drops quickly after November. If you haven’t gotten your flu shot this year, it’s not too late. Flu season typically peaks in January or February, and vaccination remains beneficial as long as long as the viruses are spreading and causing Read More >

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National Traceability System Moves into Implementation

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Last week, President Obama signed into law the Drug Quality and Security Act (H.R. 3204), which created a single, uniform and national solution to safeguard the nation’s pharmaceutical supply chain against criminal counterfeiting. Inside Health Policy’s Alaina Busch highlighted implementation plans in this November 20 story, “Drug Security Bill Ushers In Compounder Market Shift, 10-Year Effort To Implement Rx Tracing,” which can be accessed here with a subscription. Below are details on implementation based on Read More >

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