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BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit: Patient-Focused Drug Development

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Panelists in this morning’s opening session outlined strategies for the FDA to better engage the patient community to guide the drug development process. “Patients should be providing input and guidance throughout the entire drug review process,” said Marc Boutin, Executive VP and COO of the National Health Council. Boutin highlighted the improvements made through PDUFA V to open up and enhance the Agency’s interaction and engagement with patients. “Integrating our perspective into how drugs are Read More >

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Fighting Blindness through Sound Investments in Research

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Since 1971, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has raised more than half a billion dollars in support of its mission to put an end to retinal diseases. Those diseases affect more than 10 million Americans at risk of vision impairment, legal blindness or total blindness. Because age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the diseases we target, is the leading cause of blindness in people over 55, and because the Baby Boomer population is aging, that number Read More >

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Uniting To Accelerate Pediatric Medicine

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Drug companies inherently absorb significant risk when developing compounds and biologics for clinical use. A recent article suggests that only one out of every 12 drugs that enters clinical trials succeeds and the cost of a drug successfully reaching the market now exceeds an average of $5 billion when you add up the cost of all those that failed along the way. For many indications, such as Alzheimer’s and autism, the need for new treatments Read More >

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New CDC Report on Alarming Rates of Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

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Every year in the United States, 2 million people acquire an antibiotic-resistant infection. Of those, at least 23,000 die as a result. That’s according to an alarming report  released last week by the CDC. Antibiotic resistance is one of the largest threats to global health. The prevalence of antibiotic-resistant infections is not only a serious world-wide public health issue, it also adds considerable costs to the U.S. healthcare system. According to the CDC: Studies have estimated Read More >

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Putting Patients First: Paving a Path to Useful CER

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Comparative effectiveness research (CER) has the potential to improve health outcomes by helping people make better-informed decisions. But how do we know that CER will generate information that is useful? On September 30, in Washington, DC, you can be part of a conversation featuring a broad range of health care stakeholders—patients, providers, policymakers, payers, researchers, and those who fund research–by participating in an effort led by the National Health Council to create a framework to Read More >

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