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John Lechleiter Forbes Op-Ed: Debunking the Five Big Myths About ‘Big Pharma’

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This week, Eli Lilly and Company President, Chairman and CEO John Lechleiter refutes five big myths about big pharma in this Forbes opinion piece. He points to these five biggest industry myths as ‘routinely poisoning debates, obscuring genuine problems, and distorting policy recommendations on health care.’ In short (excerpts): Myth #1 Pharmaceutical companies exaggerate the costs of developing new medicines to justify high prices. In fact: The research and development (R&D) expenditures of this industry Read More >

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United Health To Congress: Let Cancer Patients Eat Gauze (Op-Ed in The Hill)

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Jonathan Wilcox’s op-ed in The Hill today highlights the growing challenge of insurance company tactics that contribute to increased costs to the health care system and restricted patient access to life-saving medicines. While UnitedHealth Group just reported increased revenues for first quarter 2015, patients are shouldering the burden with rising copays and restricted coverage, asserts the author. As Wilcox writes, ‘That’s why cancer advocacy organizations are taking action, pressing Congress and state legislatures to cap co-pays on specialty Read More >

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Coalition Offers a Remedy for Stagnated Clinical Trials

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Promising new clinical trial data offers fresh hope for the families of Alzheimer’s patients.  A new medication seems to be slowing the disease’s progress, limiting the cognitive decline that characterizes this “long goodbye.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful for patients suffering other diseases to have equally encouraging prospects? But many do not. Part of the problem lies with clinical trials.  For a new medication to receive FDA approval, it must undergo comprehensive testing on actual patients.  Read More >

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Webinar Today: Comparative Effectiveness Research

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As we continue to see new strides in biopharmaceutical innovation, there is increasing value in having more information on how specific treatments affect patients.  This is the intention behind comparative effectiveness research, which can play a critical role in health care decision-making. Later today, experts will be examining the relationship between comparative effectiveness research and the way health care decisions may be made in the future.  The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) will be hosting a Read More >

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New PhRMA Report: A Decade of Innovation in Rare Diseases

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Today, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) released “A Decade of Innovation in Rare Diseases,” which highlights 10 years of progress in understanding rare diseases and drug development resulting in groundbreaking therapies. According to the report, more than 230 new medicines to treat rare or “orphan” diseases were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the last decade, and there are currently more than 450 orphan drugs in development. The Read More >

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