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The Washington Post Unfairly Attacks The Orphan Drug Act

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The Orphan Drug Act has been a tremendous success and addressed a market failure by providing incentives to bring new treatments to those suffering with rare diseases. That’s why I was deeply troubled by Friday’s unfair article in The Washington Post targeting the Orphan Drug Act through selective and unsubstantiated attacks that seem designed to undermine this bipartisan and hugely successful regime that has helped so many patients with rare diseases live longer and healthier Read More >

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BIO Releases Points to Consider on Truthful and Non-Misleading Product Communication

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Today, BIO releases Points to Consider on Truthful and Non-Misleading Product Communication. This document advances the dialogue on this issue toward achieving the shared aim of getting the right medicine to the right patient at the right time. The current “Information Age” holds significant promise to improve the ability of stakeholders to make well-informed healthcare decisions.  Never before has information about healthcare interventions, including innovative medicines, been so readily available from so many different sources and through Read More >

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ICYMI: NYT Chronicles Advances in Cancer Landscape Due to Immunotherapy

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This week, the New York Times published a series of articles titled Cell Wars which explores the novel uses of immunotherapy to combat cancer. Patient stories were shared where immunotherapy cured them of lung, prostate, liver, and brain cancer. Included were stories of researchers who have dedicated their lives to finding new treatments and cures. As the article states, there is a new era of optimism — a sense that they have begun tapping into a force of Read More >

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Are GE Mosquitos REALLY Scarier Than the Non-Modified Disease-Carrying Kind?

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Florida health officials and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced last week that the state’s 14 new cases of the Zika virus were spread via mosquito-borne transmission.  The announcement prompted the CDC to issue an unprecedented travel warning for the Miami area. The advisory extends to all expectant mothers, and women planning on becoming pregnant who have traveled to a one-square-mile area north of downtown Miami – including Wynwood, Midtown and the Design District Read More >

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), which is a great opportunity to recognize the importance of vaccination. The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), in collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, reminds us that safe and effective immunizations represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. Immunizations are important because they not only protect the person receiving the vaccine, but Read More >

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