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Center for Medicine in the Public Interest Challenges Accuracy of 60 Minutes Cancer Story

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This week, the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest issued a press release criticizing CBS’ “60 Minutes” segment on cancer treatment prices as not just distorted but ‘dead wrong.’ “Featuring physicians that argue that treatment prices are too high does not change the fact that the cost of cancer drugs are about 12 percent of what health insurers spend on cancer or that new cancer drugs actually save health insurers money. Yet insurers are Read More >

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Tony Coelho: A Patient Advocate’s Perspective on Paying for Value

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Yesterday, Health Affairs published an op-ed by Tony Coelho, Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Chairman of the Partnership to improve patient care, on the benefit of patient-centered outcomes research to better inform medical care, without limiting patients’ and providers’ choices. As Coelho writes, ‘The movement to place greater financial risk on providers in an effort to pay for value rather than volume will have the effect of fundamentally changing the way Read More >

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Answering the Call for Cures in Michigan

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This week, the Kalamazoo Gazette published an op-ed on how we can accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of treatments and cures for patients written by Stephen Rapundalo, President and CEO of MichBio, and BIO’s Jim Greenwood. The op-ed highlights the focus of roundtable discussions being held across the country as part of the 21st Century Cures Initiative. The U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee launched the initiative – led by Chairman Fred Read More >

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Tekmira CEO Discusses Ebola Therapy Development at 2014 BIO Investor Forum

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Today at the 13th Annual BIO Investor Forum, Tekmira CEO Dr. Mark Murray participated in a conversation with Phyllis Arthur, BIO’s Senior Director for Vaccines, Immunotherapeutics, and Diagnostics Policy. Tekmira has been in the spotlight recently due to their experimental Ebola therapy, TKM-Ebola. Recently, they announced that FDA has allowed them to provide TKM-Ebola for treatment under expanded access protocols, and that they have joined an international consortium to conduct clinical trials of Ebola virus therapeutics Read More >

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Gates Foundation and Grand Challenge Partners Announce New Investments in Breakthrough Science

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At an event in Seattle today, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a group of international partners announced three new initiatives aimed at encouraging breakthroughs in science. The event celebrates a decade of progress since the Gates Foundation’s launch of the initial Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative, which was created to catalyze scientific and technological innovation to achieve major breakthroughs in global health. The three new initiatives include: • All Children Thriving – Read More >

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