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Stop Demeaning the Healthy Dialogue Between Doctors and Drug Companies

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A recent report in The Wall Street Journal entitled, “Even Cheap Meals Influence Doctors’ Drug Prescriptions, Study Suggests,” attempts to suggest an untoward influence resulting from drug company-sponsored physician education events. After reading the full study, it is clear that the WSJ author not only misinterpreted the conclusions of the study, but completely discounts the role that companies have in educating physicians about their products. Contrary to the author’s point, communication between drug companies and Read More >

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First Zika Vaccine Ready for Human Trials

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Earlier this week, we learned a welcome piece of good news in the ongoing Zika epidemic. Biotechnology companies have been stepping up to the plate to develop technologies to fight back against the virus, and now the first potential vaccine for the virus has received FDA approval to begin clinical trials. As reported in the Washington Post: Pennsylvania vaccine maker Inovio Pharmaceuticals and South Korea’s GeneOne Life Sciences said Monday that they had received approval Read More >

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ICYMI: The Hill Op-ed on Ending 340B Abuse

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Writing in The Hill today, Ellen Weaver of the Palmetto Promise Institute and Lindsay Boyd of The Beacon Center of Tennessee call upon Congress to reform the 340B program, created by Congress more than two decades ago. The program aimed to help low-income and uninsured patients afford prescription medications. Qualified hospitals – originally, 90 truly charitable hospitals serving large at-risk populations – received large discounts on the medications they purchased. But, there was one loophole 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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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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