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Promising News for Babies Born HIV-Positive

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This week, scientists announced that they have cleared HIV in a Long Beach, Calif.-baby who doctors confirmed was infected with the virus at the time of birth. Last year, doctors reported that a baby in Mississippi had been cleared of the virus after receiving aggressive drug treatment 30 hours after birth. The most recent announcement is particularly significant because the latest baby was confirmed to have the virus and doctors immediately started the baby on Read More >

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Rare Disease Day 2014: Joining Together for Better Care

Hans Schikan of Prosensa

There are more than 6,000 different rare diseases affecting over 60 million people across Europe and North America, alone, and millions more throughout the world. Most of these diseases are genetic, serious, chronic and debilitating. Each disease is different, but they affect people in similar ways. Joining together can help patients and their families find common solutions for care and remind them they are not alone. As the world marks Rare Disease Day on February Read More >

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Partnership for Part D Access Launches Today

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BIO joins patient groups and other health care stakeholders today to announce the formation of the Partnership for Part D Access, a coalition committed to protecting access to necessary medications for patients in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. The Partnership for Part D Access opposes a proposed rule from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that would reduce the number of “protected classes” of medication in Medicare Part D, specifically Read More >

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Physician Payments Sunshine Act: Collaboration Key for Doctors & Biopharmas

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In a letter to the editor on USA Today, BIO CEO Jim Greenwood and John J. Castellani, president of PhRMA, write that context must accompany the data being provided under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act: “Discovery of new and improved medicines would be impossible without collaborations between physicians and biopharmaceutical companies. Consider ongoing research and clinical trials that not only make medicines possible, but also help our understanding of disease. Biopharmaceutical professionals help physicians stay Read More >

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National Health Interview Survey: Adult Vaccination Rates Need Boost

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released immunization coverage estimates from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) for six vaccines routinely recommended for adults including pneumococcal, tetanus and Tdap, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, herpes zoster (shingles), and Human papillomavirus (HPV). These data indicate little overall improvement in vaccination coverage among adults from 2011 to 2012. Compared with 2011, modest increases occurred in three vaccines: Tdap, herpes zoster and HPV. However, vaccination Read More >

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