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Take Action: Sarcoma Awareness Month

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The pages on the calendar have quickly turned and July is again upon us.  For most, July means freedom from school, a summer vacation, or celebrating our nation’s independence.  But those of us in the sarcoma community know that this month means something else as well.  As we know, July is Sarcoma Awareness Month. Why do we have a Sarcoma Awareness Month?  Simply, sarcoma is still considered to be the “forgotten cancer.”  Our efforts to encourage Read More >

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Bloomberg Caught Spreading Another Inaccurate “False Alarm” About Drug Prices

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I was deeply disturbed by Bloomberg’s inaccurate report this morning that attempted to examine drug costs. The article claims it “decodes [our industry’s]…pricing practices.” But, in reality, it does no such thing. It fails to take in the full picture of biopharmaceutical successes and failures; admits its “proof” is merely guesstimates from an organization that wasn’t involved in pricing decisions; and in some cases, it just plain gets the facts wrong. First, this article myopically Read More >

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Stop Demeaning the Healthy Dialogue Between Doctors and Drug Companies

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A recent report in The Wall Street Journal entitled, “Even Cheap Meals Influence Doctors’ Drug Prescriptions, Study Suggests,” attempts to suggest an untoward influence resulting from drug company-sponsored physician education events. After reading the full study, it is clear that the WSJ author not only misinterpreted the conclusions of the study, but completely discounts the role that companies have in educating physicians about their products. Contrary to the author’s point, communication between drug companies and Read More >

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PwC Report Finds Medicines Still Small Share of Overall Health Spending

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A new report from PwC’s Health Research Institute, Medical Cost Trend: Behind the Numbers 2017, offers evidence that medicines continue to represent a small portion of overall healthcare spending. The report highlighted that half of all medical costs come from hospital spending: 30 percent from hospital inpatient and 19 percent from hospital outpatient. Physicians account for another 30 percent, while prescription drugs account for 17 percent. With this breakdown comes the warning that it is Read More >

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Biotech Solutions for Zika

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The Zika virus epidemic continues to rage on. Just today, the WHO advised people in Zika affected countries (much of Latin America and the Caribbean) to consider delaying pregnancy, and emerging evidence suggests a broader range of possible complications for babies born to women infected with the virus than was first thought. Solutions are urgently needed, and biotechnology companies are hard at work to contribute. During a Wednesday at the 2016 BIO International Convention, attendees heard from Read More >

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