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New Study Debunks Myths About Orphan Drug Act and Rare Disease Drug Costs

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The Orphan Drug Act has been targeted recently by the insurance industry and its allies in the media, but in the face of withering criticism and unjustified allegations, a new study from IMS Health shows that concerns about rare drug costs are completely misguided. Kaiser Health News’ Sarah Jane Tribble reports the study, published in Health Affairs, “analyzed U.S. pharmaceutical spending from 2007 to 2013 on more than 300 drugs that had orphan approval under Read More >

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NORD President: Congress must act now to help 15 million sick children

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Writing in The Hill, National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) President and CEO Peter Saltonstall called upon Congress to act swiftly to maintain an important program encouraging research into treatments for rare pediatric diseases. The Rare Pediatric Priority Review Voucher (PRV) Program is set to expire at the end of the month, unless Congress reauthorizes it. Saltonstall writes: Developing therapies for people with rare diseases is incredibly difficult. Rare diseases are scientifically and medically complex, Read More >

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It’s Fruit & Veggies Month!

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September is Fruit & Veggies – More Matters Month. The month-long event, sponsored by the Produce for Better Health Foundation, encourages people to eat more fruits and vegetables. Each day, Americans are bombarded by dozens of conflicting messages about the food they eat. Sometimes health professionals can’t even agree on what’s best. One thing they can agree on: Eat more fruits and vegetables. The scientific evidence is clear, and overwhelming. These foods can help maintain Read More >

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A Look into the 2016 BIO Animal Biotech Summit

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September 21-23, 2016 at the Bethesda Marriott.  With the 2016 Animal Biotech Summit just around the corner, BIO wanted to highlight some of the great programming taking place at this year’s conference. First, it worth’s noting that BIO has completely redesign the goals and focus of the Summit to reflect on how animal biotechnology can be used to advance the objectives of “One Health.” The concept of “One Health” is the idea that the health of humans is connected Read More >

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What’s really hot in San Diego: Perspective from BIO 2017 Program Chair, Chris LeMasters

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Meet Chirs LeMasters, 2017 BIO International Convention Program Committee Chair. Chris is the CEO of Promosome LLC a synthetic biology company that was founded by Nobel Laureate Dr. Gerald Edelman, based on his work on mRNA translation at Scripps. He joined the company last year to transition Promosome into a therapeutics company, developing a pipeline of hard-to-express therapeutic proteins. Promosome is also pursuing partnerships with companies developing nucleic acid therapeutics (gene therapy, RNA vaccines, mRNA therapeutics) based Read More >

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