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Despite Latest Report, ICER Still Limits Patient Input and Maintains Strong Ties To Insurers

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After months of criticism, including some from BIO, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) released a document that tries to address many of the legitimate and persistent concerns that have been raised. We appreciate that ICER is taking such criticism more seriously, and recently opened up its methodology to more public comment.  However, after reviewing the document, it remains clear to us that ICER still doesn’t quite get why so many organizations, including Read More >

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What We’re Reading at GMO Answers

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Each month, GMO Answers compiles a few of our favorite news stories into one post on the GMO Answers website.  This post can cover a wide variety of topics related to agriculture and biotechnology, ranging from global hunger and climate change, to genetically modified insulin and the marketing of foods. This month’s post uses the Zika outbreak in Brazil as a jumping off point, and finishes up with a nice profile of Dr. Calestous Juma Read More >

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#BIOABS16 Will Highlight Biotech Solutions to Combating Emerging Infectious Diseases

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More than 60 percent of infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals, and 75 percent of the emerging human pathogens are also expected to be zoonotic. HIV and Ebola are modern day examples of viruses that originated in animals and spread to humans. Even though most zoonotic diseases are not as deadly as HIV/AIDS, all strain public health resources, and some harm a region’s economy and even threaten national security. The severity of the Read More >

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What Is the One Health Paradigm All About (in a Nutshell—and More)?

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The One Health Initiative is a movement to forge co-equal, all-inclusive collaborations between physicians, osteopathic physicians, veterinarians, dentists, nurses and other scientific-health and environmentally related disciplines, including the American Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Nurses Association, American Association of Public Health Physicians, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. National Read More >

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The Washington Post Unfairly Attacks The Orphan Drug Act

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The Orphan Drug Act has been a tremendous success and addressed a market failure by providing incentives to bring new treatments to those suffering with rare diseases. That’s why I was deeply troubled by Friday’s unfair article in The Washington Post targeting the Orphan Drug Act through selective and unsubstantiated attacks that seem designed to undermine this bipartisan and hugely successful regime that has helped so many patients with rare diseases live longer and healthier Read More >

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