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Imagine How Much Faster We Could Address Emerging Infections Like Zika and Dengue If We Worked Even Better Together

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In just a few months, Brazil will host the 2016 Olympics, the most competitive global athletic event of the year.  But another important race for the people of that country–and millions more around the world–has already begun.  BIO members and others across the public health community are aiming to break vaccine development records to find solutions for unpredictable diseases like Zika and dengue.  Both produce a devastating impact on tropical and subtropical countries like Brazil, Read More >

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BIO Releases Largest Study Ever on Clinical Development Success Rates

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On Wednesday, BIO released the largest ever study of clinical development success rates. The study, conducted in partnership with Amplion and Biomedtracker, recorded and analyzed 9,985 clinical and regulatory phase transitions, across 1,103 companies. Using clinical trial data from the past decade, “Clinical Development Success Rates 2006-2015” compares groups of diseases, drug modalities and other attributes to generate the most comprehensive analysis, to date, of biopharmaceutical R&D success. “This study provides a wealth of information about drug development success rates Read More >

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A Closer Look at AHIP’s Claims

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This morning, in a letter to the editor of the New York Times, Marilyn Tavenner, President and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), attempted to lay the blame for higher healthcare costs and insurance premiums at the feet of America’s cutting-edge biopharma companies. AHIP has been peddling these falsehoods and misinformation for years.  Tavenner’s (and her organization’s) claims are—at best—uninformed. At worst, they are outright distortions deployed to hide the facts from patients who Read More >

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Morning Consult: Medicare’s Deadly Cancer Care Gamble

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Today in Morning Consult, cancer survivor and health economist Jennifer Hinkel writes about the threat posed to cancer patients by CMS’s proposed Medicare Part B drug payment model: Who will bear the most significant burden? It will be the poorest, oldest, and least educated patients who will struggle to understand whether they and their doctors have been assigned to the “experimental arm” of this reimbursement research trial. These Medicare beneficiaries will be the unwitting subjects Read More >

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Harvard Law Advocates for Patient Access to Hepatitis C Cure

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There is hope for the 3.5 million people living with Hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the United States. Therapies approved in recent years can eliminate the virus in 96 to 99 percent of patients, according to Harvard Law’s article “The Price of Life.” So why is there is still such a high number of people infected with this disease? Ask the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) whom Harvard Law’s Center for Health Law and Read More >

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