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2013 Novel Drug Approvals

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The FDA approved 24 novel drugs last year by our count, in line with average approvals for the last ten years but down from the decade-high approvals seen in 2012. Our count is a bit lower than the FDA’s count of 27 new approvals, because we did not include imaging agents like Navidea’s Lymphoseek, or reformulations like J&J’s Simponi Aria. 2013 was the first year the breakthrough-designated therapies were approved, with three breakthrough therapies approved: Gilead’s Read More >

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IPAB: Bad Medicine for Patient Care

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The Independent Payment Advisory Board is bad medicine for patient care, deficit reduction and containing Medicare costs. This board, consisting of 15 bureaucrats appointed by the President, has been given the power to make decisions affecting patients’ quality of care, with almost no oversight and no means for challenging its decisions. IPAB must be repealed. There is widespread support among patient advocacy groups and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle for full Read More >

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NPR’s Shots Blog: Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases

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This past weekend, Michaeleen Doucleff at NPR’s Shots blog shared a fascinating but disturbing map from the Council on Foreign Relations, How Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases. The map covers 2008-2013 and shows outbreaks of measles, mumps, rubella, polio, whooping cough, and other diseases that are preventable with vaccines. As the article notes, we’ve seen a large increase in whooping cough cases here in the US. While the 24,000 cases seen in Read More >

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The Hill’s Congress Blog: Innovation in medicine isn’t optional – it’s imperative

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Earlier this week, The Hill’s Congress Blog posted an op-ed penned by Andrew von Eschenbach and Paul Howard entitled, “Innovation in medicine isn’t optional – it’s imperative” highlighting the importance of encouraging innovation and preserving incentives for drug development. The authors recommend increased cooperation and collaboration between industry, academia, and regulators, in addition to recognition by the federal government that ‘a vibrant life-sciences industry will generate higher national productivity, lower total health care costs, and Read More >

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Young Invincibles Still Need Flu Shot

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Last Friday, the CDC reported that 35 states are seeing widespread cases of influenza. Young and middle aged adults are getting hit harder than usual this season due to the prevalence of the H1N1 (swine flu) strain, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Most years, it’s the very young and very old who are most affected. Unlike 2009, when H1N1 re-emerged after lying dormant for decades, this year’s flu shot does include protection against H1N1. However, Read More >

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