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Want a Bird Flu-Free World?

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“So far, the USDA has spent $500 million helping farmers recover from the losses.” ~ Tamar Haspel re Avian Influenza. Since December 2014, there have been 73 counties in the U.S. and two Canadian provinces with confirmed cased of the bird flu (APHIS, 2015; and Canadian Food Inspection Agency, 2015). “The total number of U.S. birds affected stands at 45 million, and includes 37.5 million chickens and 7.4 million turkeys; economically the bird flu impacts as many Read More >

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Rx Response Changes Name to Healthcare Ready

Healthcare Ready

Yesterday, Rx Response announced that its name will be changing to Healthcare Ready. For nearly nine years, Rx Response has helped protect patients’ continued access to medicines in more than 55 different disasters. The rationale for the name change is to better reflect its shifting mission of providing assistance in areas of healthcare outside of medicines and pharmacy. The group has gained significant experience and expertise in ‘coordinating the healthcare system and the public sector during disasters, Read More >

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“Please Wait a Few Moments While Your Pill Prints”

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Since the late 1980’s, innovators have dreamed of living in a world where science could develop anything they want simply by pressing “print.” 3D printing has evolved to create an array of medical applications from prosthetics to printed bones and tissues, and now—3D printed pills. Three days ago, the Food and Drug Administration approved Spritam, the first 3D-printed drug expected to hit the market by early 2016. It was developed by Ohio based Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Read More >

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Nominations Open: Be the Buzz of BIO at the 2015 BIO Investor Forum

Buzz of BIO contest, BIO Investor Forum

Nominations are now open for the Buzz of BIO at the 2015 BIO Investor Forum. The Buzz of BIO contest recognizes highly innovative companies in the biotech sector and helps position these companies to develop strategic partnerships within the industry. Ten biotechs will be nominated in each of two categories – Early Stage Entrepreneurs and Late Stage Leaders. Winners will then be chosen via online vote from August 24-28. The contest is an excellent opportunity for early-stage Read More >

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WSJ: U.S. Concessions on TPP Means Fewer Cures

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Today’s Wall Street Journal editorial, Pacific Trade Brinksmanship, does an outstanding job highlighting the important role that patent protection plays in promoting innovation and fostering medical breakthroughs. The article highlights why adequate protections for biologics must be a centerpiece of a successful Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). One of the issues being negotiated is the right amount of patent protection for innovative medicines. As the editorial notes, the U.S. currently wants “biologic protections to last a dozen Read More >

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