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Forbes: Faster FDA Approvals Have Not Caused More Drug Safety Problems

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In 1992, Congress, industry, and the FDA worked together to create the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA). This program ensures that FDA has the ability to hire additional reviewers to expedite the drug review process by having industry pay “user fees.” Recently, attention has been given to a flawed study in the August 2014 issue of Health Affairs, which has some critics claiming that PDUFA fees are biasing FDA review decisions. The study looked at Read More >

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Jim Greenwood in WSJ: Curing Hepatitis C Is Cheaper Than Open-Ended Care

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On Friday, a letter from BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood was published in the Wall Street Journal, arguing that curing hepatitis C is cheaper than the alternative of open ended care. The full text of the letter is below: President and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (HIP) Karen Ignagni’s “Paying for the Thousand-Dollar Pill” (op-ed, Aug. 4) plays down the fact that Sovaldi has been shown to achieve a high cure rate for Read More >

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Fighting Ebola with Tobacco

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Years in the making, the Ebola virus has recently erupted into a full blown health crisis. As of this week, it has claimed the lives over a thousand people – mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Ebola is one of the world’s most virulent diseases and treating it is complicated by the fact that it is highly contagious and deadly. The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues Read More >

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Delivering on Biotech’s Promise to Treat Anthrax, Smallpox, Ebola

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Thanks to federal biodefense programs that partner with industry to develop and stockpile medical countermeasures, each year America is better equipped to respond to potential biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological threats, BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood says in a Roll Call op-ed published today. With recent anthrax and smallpox incidents at CDC and NIH labs,  which fortunately did not lead to any human exposure,  it’s worth taking a look at how we might respond Read More >

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Decoding Genes to find Breast Cancer

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Today, August 7, 2014, researchers at the University Medical Center Utrecht announced that they have identified a gene that puts women at higher risk for breast cancer. Through animal and patient database studies, researchers found that women with an anomaly on the MEN1 gene are three times more likely to develop breast cancer at a relatively young age. Their findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine. MEN1 is the acronym for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type Read More >

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