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IPAB: Bad Medicine for Patient Care

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The Independent Payment Advisory Board is bad medicine for patient care, deficit reduction and containing Medicare costs. This board, consisting of 15 bureaucrats appointed by the President, has been given the power to make decisions affecting patients’ quality of care, with almost no oversight and no means for challenging its decisions. IPAB must be repealed. There is widespread support among patient advocacy groups and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle for full Read More >

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Triumph of the anti-GMO movement would be a disaster

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In Discover magazine’s Collide-a-Scape blog, Keith Kloor writes about Why GMOs Matter. Kloor reflects on the debate around GMOs and the various positions articulated by others such as University of Wyoming’s Andrew Kniss, Berkley’s Michael Eisen and Author Ramez Naam. Kniss believes that the GMO debate is overlooking an essential voice: “While activist groups, scientists, and journalists yell past each other in this debate, the people who are actually using and benefiting from the technology are largely ignored. So too are Read More >

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More than a Quarter of 2013 US-Based Biotech IPOs Call California Home

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And of those 39 US-based biotech companies, five of them are from San Diego, highlighting the region’s growing importance as hub for the biotech and life science industries. According to a recently authored BIO article in the Union Tribune San Diego, there are several reasons at play for the strong public offerings – enactment of the JOBS Act, an eager investor market and increasing regulatory transparency resulting from PDUFA V. As powerful as the JOBS Read More >

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NPR’s Shots Blog: Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases

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This past weekend, Michaeleen Doucleff at NPR’s Shots blog shared a fascinating but disturbing map from the Council on Foreign Relations, How Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases. The map covers 2008-2013 and shows outbreaks of measles, mumps, rubella, polio, whooping cough, and other diseases that are preventable with vaccines. As the article notes, we’ve seen a large increase in whooping cough cases here in the US. While the 24,000 cases seen in Read More >

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Stable Policy Can Help Assure Unwavering Investment in U.S. Biofuels

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The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a unique federal policy that has, just as its bipartisan supporters intended, spurred major domestic and international investment in US biofuels production and it is essential to maintaining a growing market for second generation biofuels. That growing market helps attract investment to advanced biofuel companies who are trying to expand their infrastructure, scale up their production line, and improve their technology foundation. Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent Read More >

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