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The ‘Access to Medicines’ Debate: Throwing Patients Without Cures Under the Proverbial Bus

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The vast majority of the world’s patients remain completely forgotten in the ‘access to medicines’ debate.   Many fail to understand how that elimination will affect the development of the cures and treatments of tomorrow, especially for rare diseases, cancers, and other serious unmet medical conditions. The Forgotten: 25 million Americans suffer from nearly 7000 rare diseases.  30 million European Union citizens suffer from between 6000 to 8000 rare diseases, 80% of which are of genetic origin Read More >

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Empowering You to Make a Difference in Health Care Policy

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Access to medicines. Healthcare reform. Innovation. These issues are critical to the health of Americans — and the Campaign for Modern Medicines is working on them every day. The Campaign for Modern Medicines is a coalition of non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals from across the country who believe that a vibrant community of empowered advocates can make a real impact on the policy decisions that will improve our health. With the support of our partners, Read More >

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The Fight to Combat Illegal Online Pharmacies

Marjorie Clifton

By Marjorie Clifton, Executive Director, Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies Over 96 percent of websites claiming to sell prescription medications are out of compliance with U.S. pharmacy laws and practice standards.  The Partnership at Drugfree.org estimates that one in six Americans, approximately 36 million people have bought medication online without a valid prescription.  In 2010, the U.S. market alone accounted for an estimated $75 billion in sales for counterfeit drug makers; a lucrative prospect for Read More >

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People With Rare Diseases Face a Host of Unique Challenges

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By Dennis Jackman, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, CSL Behring People with rare and serious medical disorders encounter a host of unique challenges–from obtaining a correct diagnosis, to identifying an appropriate course of treatment and gaining affordable access to the care they need.  They and their families, caretakers and health care providers face a constant struggle to identify and access available resources, away from the attention of traditional media that focuses on more common disorders Read More >

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India Compulsory License: A Times of India Article Says It’s Not Helping the Poor

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India recently issued a compulsory license on Bayer’s liver and kidney cancer drug (Sorafenib) with the stated goal of providing access to India’s poor. However, the Times of India recently ran the article Cheap generics drugs no panacea for India’s poorest, quickly dispelling this myth: “The compulsory license system might not really work because poor people cannot even afford the discounted price,” said G. Balachandhran, former head of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), India’s drug Read More >

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