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Outdated Payments Systems Aren’t Keeping Pace With Medical Innovation

Ensuring Patient Access to Innovative Medicine

We are experiencing an era of rapid medical progress thanks to the accelerated pace at which new breakthroughs are being uncovered. The compression in time between research and the creation of new treatments is a triumph for patients but a challenge for our outdated healthcare delivery system. Our payment systems were constructed to finance medical costs that increased at predictable rates but are now outdated because of the breakthrough medical advances constantly being made. The Read More >

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NIH Director Francis Collins Opens Day Two at BIO International Convention

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What happens when a hotel loses Francis Collins’ room reservation late on the eve before he is scheduled to speak at the BIO International Convention? He finds a way around the barriers and still manages to inspire, entertain and impress the masses the very next morning. Which may help describe his approach to personalized medicine to overcome barriers and surpass expectations. Collins shared his vision for transforming the practice of medicine through personalized medicine with Read More >

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Expanding the Role of Patients in Drug Development

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Working alongside scientists, universities, and biotech companies, patients and patient organizations have the ability to play a critical role in the search for treatments and cures for chronic and deadly diseases.  As part of the 5th authorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V), the Food and Drug Administration made a commitment to more systematically gather patients’ perspectives on their condition and the available therapies in order to incorporate these findings into their Read More >

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BIO 2015 Kicks Off: Patient-Focused Drug Development Key Theme of Day One

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The BIO International Convention kicked off in Philadelphia today with a strong emphasis on patient-focused drug development as a seismic shift in the way drugs are developed and delivered. The luncheon keynote featured a discussion with News Anchor and Journalist Tom Brokaw interviewed by BIO’s Jim Greenwood, in which Brokaw shared his experience and perspective as a patient. Brokaw recently authored a book about his experiences as a Multiple Myeloma patient – A Lucky Life Interrupted. Read More >

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Prepare and Protect from Biological Threats

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Yesterday the Alliance for Biosecurity hosted a panel that outlined the important role played by industry in preparedness against biosecurity threats. The session, Learning from the Ebola Outbreak: Sustaining and Strengthening the Public-Private Partnership and Ensuring Preparedness, included government funders of product development and procurement and representatives from companies engaged in the development of medical countermeasures. The Alliance is a coalition of more than a dozen biopharmaceutical companies and academic institutions that advocates for public Read More >

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