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Wall Street Journal: Patients Deserve Better

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In case you missed it, The Wall Street Journal published my Letter to the Editor this morning.  I make the point that the problem isn’t innovative new treatments from America’s biopharma industry but rather the complex web of health-insurance schemes patients must navigate to access needed medicines. Here is the text of the letter: “Innovative treatments and cures have radically transformed how we treat disease—saving and improving lives and providing tremendous benefits to patients and Read More >

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Emerging Themes in Personalized Medicine

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The adoption of Personalized Medicine is being driven by the omnipresence of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS), the fast pace of technological innovations in the field, and the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative. To date, however, only a relatively small fraction of the patient population has had their DNA fully sequenced, while a larger segment has undergone limited analysis related to an NGS-based diagnostics test, primarily in the area of oncology. It is expected that this picture will Read More >

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Wall Street Journal: The Assault on Drug Innovation

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Today, the Wall Street Journal published an editorial commenting on yesterday’s proposed plan by Secretary Hillary Clinton’s campaign to dramatically increase intrusive government regulation of our industry. BIO shared many of the concerns raised by this editorial, concerns which were noted in our statement yesterday. To put into perspective the potential consequences of that proposal, the editorial noted as an example that “Inside of a decade or two, metastatic cancer may become a chronic condition and chemotherapy a relic.” Breakthroughs Read More >

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Ezekiel Emanuel’s Flawed Solution

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In a New York Times op-ed today, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel proposes “The Solution to Drug Prices.” The piece is problematic in many respects, but we agree with one of his primary contentions: in discussions about drug prices, value is the real issue. This point was nicely made in a recent Times piece, where it quoted Crystal Bedford, whose five year old daughter, Marley, suffers from a rare genetic disease, Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata (RCPD). A treatment Read More >

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“Please Wait a Few Moments While Your Pill Prints”

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Since the late 1980’s, innovators have dreamed of living in a world where science could develop anything they want simply by pressing “print.” 3D printing has evolved to create an array of medical applications from prosthetics to printed bones and tissues, and now—3D printed pills. Three days ago, the Food and Drug Administration approved Spritam, the first 3D-printed drug expected to hit the market by early 2016. It was developed by Ohio based Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Read More >

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