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Biodefense Preparedness Key for National Public Health

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Over the last decade, our nation has responded to deliberate biological attacks – the mailing of anthrax-laden letters – and severe naturally-occurring disease outbreaks including SARS and the 2009-H1N1 flu pandemic. As an industry, biotechnology can help improve our nation’s capacity to prepare and respond to natural disasters, bioterrorist attacks, and outbreaks of infectious disease. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) was established to support the advanced development and procurement of drugs, vaccines, Read More >

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Ellmers’ Cancer Bill Marks 100 Co-Sponsors

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Today, Congresswoman Ellmers announced that 100 bipartisan cosponsors have signed on to support her bill – The Cancer Patients Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 1416). The bill aims to ‘protect cancer patients from the harmful effects of the misallocated sequestration cuts.’  The bill also protects patients suffering from other diseases too.  In a statement from the Congresswoman, she points out that the focus of sequestration is to reduce spending, but treating patients in hospitals is Read More >

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Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Preeminent researchers from around the world gathered recently to tackle the science behind one of medicine’s toughest problems – Alzheimer’s – and elevating the disease as a top global priority. The Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s Disease (CEOi) – a coalition of corporations from the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, finance, and healthcare – hosted a dinner during the Alzheimer’s Association International Convention (AAIC) in Boston. The CEOi had already taken strides to achieve this Read More >

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Separating Science from Fiction

The Atlantic recently published a story on the dangers of anti-vaccine rhetoric, “Destabilizing the Jenny McCarthy Public-Health Industrial Complex.” The article describes the hysteria around the alleged link between autism and vaccines, which has since been scientifically discredited. The public campaign created fear among parents, some of whom chose not to vaccinate their children. As the author states, “Anti-vaccinators risk not only the lives of their own children, but also those of others who are Read More >

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Nationwide Track and Trace System is Urgently Needed

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Today’s pharmaceutical distribution supply chain is governed largely by a patchwork of state laws and regulations that allows criminals to enter markets with the lowest safety requirements to inject counterfeit, unsafe, and potentially lethal products into the national supply chain. The state-by-state system is both onerous and ineffective, and the risk it poses to public health from counterfeiters can no longer be ignored. In a recent opinion piece for Roll Call, I write that: “Congress Read More >

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