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Biotech Takes Aim at Breast Cancer

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We’ve come a long way in our national fight to beat breast cancer.  Since the 1980s, the mortality rate has fallen by a third due to more effective medicines and an increased focus on prevention, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and with proper treatment, the average 10-year survival rate for breast cancer is now 83 percent. But as Will Rogers famously observed, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you Read More >

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BIO Launches New Video Explaining How The Cost of Your Medicine is Really Determined

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Today, much of the public debate surrounding the cost of biopharmaceuticals is focused on the list price of an individual drug or treatment regimen. However, the list price is not what a manufacturer generally makes on the drug, and it typically has little to do with what a patient has to pay for his or her medicine. To help put this debate into context, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is releasing a new educational video Read More >

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Talking About Mental Illness: A Conversation That Can Save a Life

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People living with mental illness and clinical depression often suffer in silence without receiving the care they need. They may feel alone, ashamed, or hopeless, and they may fear that giving voice to these feelings means they will be misunderstood, unfairly judged, or perceived as a burden. Only 25 percent of those with a mental illness feel others are sympathetic to their condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Society’s negative stereotypes about mental Read More >

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Insurers and Hospital Industry Caught Spreading More “False Alarms”

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Yet again, Big Insurance and its allies have been caught making claims that are just not true. It began with an op-ed from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) President Marilyn Tavenner and American Hospital Association President (AHA) Rick Pollack in The Hill trying to blame others for ever-increasing  insurance premiums. Next, they tried to suggest drug costs are to blame for skyrocketing hospital costs. The study was funded by both the American Hospital Association and Read More >

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Oxford Union Debate Remarks

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Remarks of BIO CEO Jim Greenwood As prepared for delivery. Oxford Union Debate Oxford, England Thursday, October 20, 2016 Mr. Chairman, thank you for the invitation to be here this evening. It is, indeed, a great honor. For 182 years, the Oxford Union has shown the world what civil discourse looks like. I wish I could say the same about this year’s U.S. presidential campaign. I began my career working with children who had intellectual Read More >

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