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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), which is a great opportunity to recognize the importance of vaccination. The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), in collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, reminds us that safe and effective immunizations represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. Immunizations are important because they not only protect the person receiving the vaccine, but Read More >

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The AIDS Institute Recognizes World Hepatitis Day – Hepatitis Can Be Eliminated as a Public Health Threat

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The AIDS Institute is proud to support the World Health Organization’s World Hepatitis Day, and its goal of eliminating hepatitis globally. World Hepatitis Day, created in 2010, is one of only four WHO-official disease-specific world health days celebrated each year. Millions of people across the globe are taking part in activities today, July 28th, to raise awareness about viral hepatitis, to call for better access to treatment and prevention programs, and to advocate for further Read More >

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ITIF Reports on Economic and Innovative Opportunities from Brain R&D

Biotechnology is healing the world and saving lives on a daily basis by curing and preventing an array of diseases. Yet, when it comes to mental and neurological illnesses, there still remain a great many mysteries waiting to be solved. According to Information Technology & Innovation Foundation’s (ITIF) report, A Trillion-Dollar Opportunity: How Brain Research Can Drive Health and Prosperity, 50 million American adults suffer each year from neurodegenerative diseases, psychiatric disorders, and other brain Read More >

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PhRMA & BIO release joint principles on communications with health care professionals and payers

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We are in an era of data-driven medicine. Patients, caregivers, health care professionals and insurers want more information about the safety, effectiveness and value of treatments. And rightly so. But federal regulations governing information-sharing about medicines have not kept up with this new reality. As the wealth of available information about medicines continues to evolve, we must define new and clearer regulatory standards to allow biopharmaceutical companies to communicate about the safe and effective use Read More >

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Setting the Stage for PDUFA VI: Recap of Stakeholder Briefing

On July 15, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VI) Goals Letter for fiscal years 2018 through 2022.  The Goals Letter, thoughtfully negotiated by the FDA and biopharmaceutical industry with input from the patient and provider stakeholder communities, outlines the performance goals committed to by the FDA and the biopharmaceutical industry to evaluate drug safety, improve the speed and efficiency of the FDA’s drug review Read More >

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