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The New Republic: We are Entering the Age of Alzheimer’s

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The New Republic this week published a lengthy, powerful piece by Kent Russell on Alzheimer’s. Russell opens the piece by noting that we are approaching a public health crisis in Alzheimer’s and dementia: Alzheimer’s disease is practically unheard of in adults younger than 40, and very rare (one in 2,500) for those under 60. It affects 1 percent of 65-year-olds, 2 percent of 68-year-olds, 3 percent of 70-year-olds. After that, the odds start multiplying. The Read More >

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Pitts Sounds off on Biosimilar Naming

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This week, the Food and Drug Law Institute published a white paper – Biosimilar Nomenclature: Can we achieve the truth, the whole truth, & nothing but the truth? – outlining key considerations around the naming of biosimilars. Peter J. Pitts, President, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest and Former Associate Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration, asserts that ‘those who view distinctive biosimilar nomenclature naming as either contrary to safety or anti-competitive are addressing Read More >

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4 Benefits of Plant-Made Pharmaceuticals

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For centuries, plants have served as a natural source of treatments and therapies. New advances in biotechnology make it possible to turn plants into “factories” that produce therapeutic proteins for use in the manufacture of biologics. The potential of plant-made pharmaceuticals to combat life-threatening diseases has been in the news recently as they may be helpful in treating Ebola. Developing therapeutic proteins in plants can be a safer, more efficient and cost-effective method of protein Read More >

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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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