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BioCentury TV This Week: 340B Drug Discount Program Needs More Oversight

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BIO’s Laurel Todd shared concerns that the 340B program has departed significantly from its original intent, leading to evidence of abuse and potentially harmful consequences for patients. “The original intent of 340B was to support the most vulnerable patients; clearly that is not the focus for many of the participants in the program now,” said Todd. Todd pointed to three primary reasons the program needs more oversight: Exponential growth, significant violations revealed in audits, and Read More >

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Beggar-Thy-Neighbor Medicine: Wall Street Journal Op-Ed

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In an editorial about specialty drug prices, the Wall Street Journal writes: “To understand how ObamaCare is already bending the future of U.S. medical progress, consult the furor over specialty drug prices, as an alliance of convenience among third-party payers assails pharmaceutical innovation as too costly. Maybe patients should give up on cures and, as President Obama once put it, just take the painkiller…” Read the full opinion

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The ‘What’s the Point’ Category for GMO Labeling Bills

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Lawmakers have so much work to do, and few days left in which to do it. Formal sessions will end July 31. These bills and a slew of others should be organized under a new heading: ‘Don’t Bother.’ –The Boston Herald “A Back Burner Beckons,” July 21, 2014 Vermont has recently passed a state law that requires food manufacturers to label certain foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Vermont’s next door neighbor, Massachusetts, has similar Read More >

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BIO Highlights the Importance of Care and Use of Animals at 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit

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The 2014 Summit will be held September 16-19, 2014, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Programming at this year’s Livestock Biotech Summit will address new methods for ensuring optimal care and use of agricultural animals for a range of applications. “Can you imagine a time when cures to life threatening diseases are developed faster and at less cost or when technologies to improve the environmental footprint of animal agriculture are Read More >

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Synthetic Biology: The Sword in the Stone to Defeat Devastating Diseases

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On July 17th, 2014 the House held a hearing titled: Subcommittee on Research and Technology Hearing – Policies to Spur Innovative Medical Breakthroughs from Laboratories to Patients Witnesses Dr. Harold Varmus, Director, National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) *(Really liked your DNA tie!) Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President and Carson Family Professor, Laboratory of Brain Development and Repair, The Rockefeller University Dr. Jay Keasling, Hubbard Howe Jr. Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Read More >

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