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Bloomberg Caught Spreading Another Inaccurate “False Alarm” About Drug Prices

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I was deeply disturbed by Bloomberg’s inaccurate report this morning that attempted to examine drug costs. The article claims it “decodes [our industry’s]…pricing practices.” But, in reality, it does no such thing. It fails to take in the full picture of biopharmaceutical successes and failures; admits its “proof” is merely guesstimates from an organization that wasn’t involved in pricing decisions; and in some cases, it just plain gets the facts wrong. First, this article myopically Read More >

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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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