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BIO Participating in IDSA Stakeholder Group on Antimicrobial Resistance

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BIO will be participating in a newly formed partnership which will work collaboratively to inform federal policy and find ways to better combat the growing crisis of antimicrobial resistance. Launched yesterday by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), which also released foundation principles for the group, the U.S. Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR) will hold its inaugural meeting in Philadelphia next month on October 9th. BIO joins more than 75 other national organizations Read More >

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Tackling the Thorny Problem of Alzheimer’s

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Football fans are gearing up for tonight’s opening game when the defending Champion Seattle Seahawks take on the Green Bay Packers, and last minute fantasy leaguers are scrambling to finish their drafts and set their starting line-ups. The NFL has also been in the news recently following preliminary approval of a deal in the class-action lawsuit to compensate former players for concussion-related injury claims. According to a 2012 study in Neurology, NFL players are three Read More >

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Pennsylvania Roundtable Answers the Call for Cures

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Congressman Joe Pitts (PA-16) recently hosted a roundtable in Lancaster to discuss how to expedite cures and treatments with leading national, regional and local health care innovators from the government, private, and public sectors, including BIO’s Jim Greenwood, Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The roundtable is one of many being held across the country as part of the Read More >

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The New Republic: We are Entering the Age of Alzheimer’s

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The New Republic this week published a lengthy, powerful piece by Kent Russell on Alzheimer’s. Russell opens the piece by noting that we are approaching a public health crisis in Alzheimer’s and dementia: Alzheimer’s disease is practically unheard of in adults younger than 40, and very rare (one in 2,500) for those under 60. It affects 1 percent of 65-year-olds, 2 percent of 68-year-olds, 3 percent of 70-year-olds. After that, the odds start multiplying. The Read More >

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Pitts Sounds off on Biosimilar Naming

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This week, the Food and Drug Law Institute published a white paper – Biosimilar Nomenclature: Can we achieve the truth, the whole truth, & nothing but the truth? – outlining key considerations around the naming of biosimilars. Peter J. Pitts, President, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest and Former Associate Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration, asserts that ‘those who view distinctive biosimilar nomenclature naming as either contrary to safety or anti-competitive are addressing Read More >

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