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Young Invincibles Still Need Flu Shot

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Last Friday, the CDC reported that 35 states are seeing widespread cases of influenza. Young and middle aged adults are getting hit harder than usual this season due to the prevalence of the H1N1 (swine flu) strain, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Most years, it’s the very young and very old who are most affected. Unlike 2009, when H1N1 re-emerged after lying dormant for decades, this year’s flu shot does include protection against H1N1. However, Read More >

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Couldn’t Make it to San Francisco This Week?

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Me neither, so here is what I am reading for updates about the 32nd Annual JPMorgan Healthcare Conference. Before arriving, hopefully you read the survival guide put forth by the InVivo blog team. In it, Chris Morrison and team outlined a few helpful talking points to help you when running in to industry colleagues. Likewise, Luke Timmerman, from Xconomy, has all the industry news you need to know heading in to the event, perhaps most importantly; who he thinks should Read More >

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BIO Joins Partners for Healthy Dialogues

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The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) recently joined the Partners for Healthy Dialogues effort. Dialogues+ had the opportunity to ask Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, about why BIO joined the effort, the importance of collaboration and preparing for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. “BIO and our members support transparency in the life science industry and in the relationships between industry and physicians. We also strongly believe in the value of such relationships for the Read More >

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National Traceability System Moves into Implementation

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Last week, President Obama signed into law the Drug Quality and Security Act (H.R. 3204), which created a single, uniform and national solution to safeguard the nation’s pharmaceutical supply chain against criminal counterfeiting. Inside Health Policy’s Alaina Busch highlighted implementation plans in this November 20 story, “Drug Security Bill Ushers In Compounder Market Shift, 10-Year Effort To Implement Rx Tracing,” which can be accessed here with a subscription. Below are details on implementation based on Read More >

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The Arrival of Actionable Personalized Medicine

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The pace of implementation of next-generation sequencing (NGS) in a clinical context, which almost rivals the development of the technology over the past decade, is driving the cost of a full genome sequence down to just a few thousand dollars. Diagnostic companies and medical centers are now routinely offering comprehensive genome analysis, as evidenced by the recent report from Baylor College of Medicine in the New England Journal of Medicine on the first 250 patients Read More >

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