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Rare Disease Day 2014: Joining Together for Better Care

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There are more than 6,000 different rare diseases affecting over 60 million people across Europe and North America, alone, and millions more throughout the world. Most of these diseases are genetic, serious, chronic and debilitating. Each disease is different, but they affect people in similar ways. Joining together can help patients and their families find common solutions for care and remind them they are not alone. As the world marks Rare Disease Day on February Read More >

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Partnership for Part D Access Launches Today

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BIO joins patient groups and other health care stakeholders today to announce the formation of the Partnership for Part D Access, a coalition committed to protecting access to necessary medications for patients in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. The Partnership for Part D Access opposes a proposed rule from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that would reduce the number of “protected classes” of medication in Medicare Part D, specifically Read More >

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Bioterrorism: Assessing the Threat

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Recently, the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications held a hearing on bioterrorism and biological warfare.Tom Inglesby, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Center for Health Security and Robert P. Kadlec, MD, Center for a New American Security, presented testimony outlining their concerns on current threats to public safety and recommendations for emergency preparedness. Drs. Inglesby and Kadlec asserted that the risk of biological attacks on the U.S. Read More >

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Immuno Oncology – A 30-year Overnight Success Story

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“It was the Rodney Dangerfield space – couldn’t get no respect” One would never guess those words were used to describe immuno-oncology, a field that has recently bloomed into full-fledged frenzy – with private companies raising unprecedented Series As, impressive data being announced and Science designating the field “Breakthrough of the Year” all in 2013. Yet Dr. Jeffrey Weber, an early member in the “i-onc” research community likened the past several decades of immuno-oncology to Read More >

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National Health Interview Survey: Adult Vaccination Rates Need Boost

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released immunization coverage estimates from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) for six vaccines routinely recommended for adults including pneumococcal, tetanus and Tdap, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, herpes zoster (shingles), and Human papillomavirus (HPV). These data indicate little overall improvement in vaccination coverage among adults from 2011 to 2012. Compared with 2011, modest increases occurred in three vaccines: Tdap, herpes zoster and HPV. However, vaccination Read More >

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