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Ezekiel Emanuel’s Flawed Solution

Jim Greenwood

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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Back to School: Are You and Your Loved Ones Up-To-Date on Vaccinations?

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The back to school hustle slowly creeps up in August; but before you buy your kid pencils, notebooks and the backpack they “must have,” make sure that they—and you—are up to date with vaccinations and immunizations! The Center for Disease Control has dedicated this month to raise awareness of the benefits of immunization to prevent the spread of disease. National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) encourages people to communicate the importance of protecting and defending lifelong Read More >

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Jim Greenwood asks: How prepared are we for avian flu?

Jim Greenwood

As a serious avian influenza outbreak continues to wreak havoc on poultry farms across the U.S., one question that is beginning to draw attention from lawmakers and others centers on our ability to respond should the virus begin to infect humans. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood explored that issue in an op-ed yesterday at The Hill: The prospect of HPAI [Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza] spreading to humans recently drew the attention of bipartisan leaders Read More >

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A Glimpse into a New Era: Genetically Modified Animals

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Science fiction and pop culture, such as the Jurassic Park franchise, narrate an unrealistic view of genetically modified animals. However, the use of genetically modified animals can improve livestock farming practices, save endangered species, and can even lead to cures for human diseases. In Kevin Loria’s entertaining and informative blog post, The age of genetically engineered animals has arrived, Loria speaks to the benefits of genetically engineered animals with real-life examples, discusses bioethics, and highlights the Read More >

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