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ICER’s Flawed Methodology Could Lead To Healthcare Rationing

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In a column published in USA Today recently, Jeff Stier, a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research, sheds light on the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). Stier points out the group’s fundamentally-flawed (and possibly dangerous) approach and how their reports influence which drugs are listed on your insurer’s formulary based on what those drugs will cost the insurer – rather than what’s best for you as a patient.  “…we’ve Read More >

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CDC’s Frieden: Private Sector Stepping up to Combat Zika, Congress Should Too

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Writing at the White House blog, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden says his colleagues working in the CDC’s birth defect center tell him they’ve never seen such cause for alarm. “It’s been more than 50 years since we’ve discovered a birth defect linked to a virus – and never before have we seen this result from a mosquito bite.” While you can avoid travel to areas where Zika is spreading [map], there is no vaccine Read More >

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EPA Announces the 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Winners!

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Since 1996, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate change and other environmental problems into innovative business opportunities. Known as the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge, each year the EPA honors winners whose chemical technologies incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, and use. EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention sponsors the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards in partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Read More >

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Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future of Ag Biotech at the BIO 2016 Conference

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In the years since biotech crops were first commercially planted in 1996, farmers worldwide have been enjoying their numerous agronomic, economic, and environmental benefits.  To celebrate 20 years of biotech successes CropLife International is organizing Table for Twenty events around the world throughout the year. These dinner dialogues are bringing together leading voices in agriculture, food policy, and science to reflect back and consider the future of farming. The Council for Biotechnology Information and GMO Read More >

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Biotech Solutions for Zika

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The Zika virus epidemic continues to rage on. Just today, the WHO advised people in Zika affected countries (much of Latin America and the Caribbean) to consider delaying pregnancy, and emerging evidence suggests a broader range of possible complications for babies born to women infected with the virus than was first thought. Solutions are urgently needed, and biotechnology companies are hard at work to contribute. During a Wednesday at the 2016 BIO International Convention, attendees heard from Read More >

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