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BIO Calls on Appropriators to Fully Fund FDA

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BIO issued letters today encouraging support for programs and initiatives of critical importance to our industry as appropriators develop the Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. Perhaps most importantly, we emphasize the importance of a strong, fully-funded FDA with the resources necessary to keep pace with rapidly-evolving biomedical science and to make sound regulatory decisions in a timely and efficient manner. We are requesting a total Read More >

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BIO Calls for Adequate Funding of Vaccine and Biodefense Programs

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It’s budget time here in Washington, with appropriators in the House and Senate working overtime to craft a budget that can pass both chambers and keep our government funded for another year – not always the easiest of tasks. Here at BIO, we’ve been just as busy working to ensure that the FY 2015 budget contains adequate funding for a host of programs that encourage medical innovation, robust public health and emergency preparedness programs, and Read More >

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The International Myeloma Foundation Pioneers Myeloma Awareness Month

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Years ago, after much frustration over the lack of understanding and awareness of multiple myeloma, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) declared March as “Myeloma Awareness Month” and has grown its program into a multifaceted campaign. This year’s program included a kickoff live event, free teleconference, new website, social media, local proclamations, and “Myeloma Awareness Month” kits for the more than 150 IMF support groups across the country. At the start of the month, IMF launched Read More >

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Washington Post: Crowdsourcing Medical Decisions

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On Monday, Ariana Eunjung Cha wrote about the difficult ethical issue of Compassionate Use, which allows a patient access to an unapproved treatment when others with similar requests are denied access. Arthur Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, describes it as a moral dilemma that could not be ‘more troubling and impossible-to-resolve’. In the article, Caplan asserts that ‘it’s best for the company to focus on getting the Read More >

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AIR 340B: New Analysis Shows Most 340B Hospitals Provide Little Charity Care

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Today, the Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B (AIR 340B) released a new report, showing that a substantial portion of hospitals enrolled in the 340B drug discount program provide only the barest amount of charity care, and as such they are not fulfilling Congress’ expectations about the program. Congress created the program in 1992 to help uninsured indigent patients gain better access to prescription medicines. The original intention of the program was to provide Read More >

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