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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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BIO 2016 Innovation Zone Company Snapshot: Montana Molecular

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Now in its third year, the Innovation Zone at the BIO 2016 International Convention (San Francisco, June 6-9) will host even more pioneering and transformational companies.  The Innovation Zone was created through a partnership with the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the intent to group Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)-funded companies together on the exhibit floor of the BIO International Convention. The partnership originated in 2014 with 35 companies; it grew to Read More >

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We’ve Just Planted the World’s 5-Billionth Acre of GM Crops

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The world’s farmers have passed a remarkable milestone: We’ve just planted the world’s 5-billionth acre of genetically modified crops. We don’t know exactly where it happened or even on what day it occurred. But we know that it must have taken place this spring, probably in the northern hemisphere, according to statistics maintained by the Global Farmer Network (formerly Truth About Trade & Technology), which has tracked the global planting and harvesting of these remarkable Read More >

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NAS Report Upholds Safety of GE Crops and Foods

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“Sweeping statements about GE crops are problematic because issues related to them are multidimensional” – The NAS Committee on GE Crops On May 17, 2016, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released its nearly 400 page report, Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects, which examined a range of questions and opinions about the economic, agronomic, health, safety, or other effects of genetically engineered (GE) crops and food. The NAS Committee on Genetically Engineered Crops Read More >

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