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Development of a Novel Zika Vaccine with MVA-VLP Technology

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Since the World Health Organization (WHO) first designated the Zika virus an international public health emergency on February 1, 2016, public health officials have become increasingly alarmed. On April 13 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, confirming the previous suspicions that Zika virus causes severe birth defects, including microcephaly – a condition where children are born with unusually small heads. The virus is Read More >

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Lupus Awareness Month: Help Us Solve The Cruel Mystery

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Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with and a challenge to treat. Lupus ravages different parts of the body, causing inflammation and tissue damage to virtually any organ system, including skin, joints, heart, lungs, kidney and brain. There is only one drug designed specifically approved to treat lupus, although there are other treatments that are commonly prescribed off-label and several potential new treatments in development Read More >

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May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

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Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) works with public and private sector partners to designate May as Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Asthma and allergies are among the most common chronic conditions, affecting millions of Americans from a wide range of demographics – across all ages, genders, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses. During the month-long awareness event, we focus on providing education and increasing knowledge to help improve the quality of life Read More >

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Recap: BIO Stakeholder Briefing on the Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model

On March 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) published a Proposed Rule to test alternative payment models for the reimbursement of drugs covered under Medicare Part B. In the Proposed Rule, CMS has proposed a five-year demonstration program with two phases that will be established sequentially, and intends to require almost all Part B prescribers to participate. Phase I is proposed to begin as Read More >

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Immune Deficiency Foundation: Medicare’s “one size fits all” drug demo is wrong for seniors with rare and chronic diseases

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Writing yesterday in The Hill, Immune Deficiency Foundation President Marcia Boyle explains the potential harm posed to patients by the recently proposed Medicare Part B demonstration: While CMS’ intent is to save money, the results of this demonstration stand to severely impact patients who rely on Medicare. The reduction in reimbursement will force many providers to stop offering the most clinically effective treatments, leaving patients with two options: forego prescribed therapies or travel to more expensive Read More >

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