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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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Physician Payments Sunshine Act: Collaboration Key for Doctors & Biopharmas

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In a letter to the editor on USA Today, BIO CEO Jim Greenwood and John J. Castellani, president of PhRMA, write that context must accompany the data being provided under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act: “Discovery of new and improved medicines would be impossible without collaborations between physicians and biopharmaceutical companies. Consider ongoing research and clinical trials that not only make medicines possible, but also help our understanding of disease. Biopharmaceutical professionals help physicians stay Read More >

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No, GMOs Won’t Harm Your Health

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In a recent Mother Jones Inquiring Minds piece, Indre Viskontas interviewed Dr. Steven Novella, a renowned neurologist at Yale University. Dr. Novella does a wonderful job of outlining the myths and facts surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms: “Almost everything I hear about [industrial agriculture] is a myth. It’s such an emotional issue—a highly ideological and politicized issue—that what I find is that most of what people write and say and believe about it just fits into some Read More >

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U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent Discusses PDUFA and NIH Funding at #BIOCEO14

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During the 16th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference, U.S. Representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, co- chair of the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, joined BIO’s Fritz Bittenbender to discuss the biotech industry in Pennsylvania as well as recent legislative developments affecting the industry. Dent points to the recent omnibus spending agreement which allowed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to access user $85 million in user fees sequestered in 2013. These fees are paid to Read More >

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