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The Affordable Care Act is Here to Stay

The Affordable Care Act is Here to Stay

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 includes provisions that could lead to new and improved treatments, cures and cost savings for patients. All of these changes, however, will impact the biotechnology industry and the future of patient access to needed medicines. In an expert panel at the 2013 BIO International Convention moderated by BioCentury’s Steve Usdin, multiple stakeholders addressed key elements of the ACA focused on both the value the ACA Read More >

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The Rise of Specialty Pharmaceuticals

Albert Thigpen

Fact: Specialty pharmaceuticals represented nearly 25 percent of all drug spending last year. By 2018, it’s estimated they’ll account for nearly half of the 100 top-selling medications on the market. With an average cost for a specialty medical therapy hovering around $35,000 to $75,000 per patient per year, this is an area that is getting the attention of top industry players – from biopharma who see the market opportunity to healthcare payors like health plans Read More >

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The Ethics of the Market Access Debate

Rogerio Vivaldi

At the core of the market access conversation lies the question of value. How much do we value two years added to the end of an 80-year-old’s life? How do we put a dollar amount on a medicine that prevents a rare disease patient, who may only live to age 20 regardless of receiving treatment, from losing her ability to walk? How can we define metrics to measure the cost of a child with a Read More >

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Alzheimer’s Disease “Robs You of Everything”

Alzheimer’s Disease “Robs You of Everything”

George Hendrick and his wife, Mary Lee, experienced the typical highs and lows of parenthood as they raised nine children in New Lenox, a south suburb of Chicago. After the couple’s nest was nearly empty, in what was supposed to be their golden years, George was told he had memory and thinking problems, and later, Alzheimer’s disease. George’s long tenure as a Will County police officer was cut short. He could no longer carry a gun, and Read More >

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Biomedical R&D in the 21st Century

Dale Edgar

Reflecting back upon my career,  I recognize the importance academic-industry research partnerships played in shaping my philosophy as a scientist and research leader.  Something deeply fulfilling happens when basic and applied scientists ally, and our individual passion to make a difference in the life of a patient merges into a community effort. We are moving ever closer to solving some of the toughest biomedical challenges of our time.  But this is also an era of Read More >

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