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Alzheimer’s Research: Where We’ve Failed and What’s To Come

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Alzheimer’s disease is a rapidly growing public health crisis. Today an estimated 5.4 million Americans live with the disease and, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, stop or slow Alzheimer’s disease by 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may reach as high as 16 million people. What’s more, at a cost of $236 billion a year, Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the nation with an Read More >

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Lawsuit Against UnitedHealth Put Insurers’ Practices Under Scrutiny

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Reuters reports that UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest insurer, has been sued by three patients who’ve accused the massive insurance conglomerate of significantly over-charging them for co-pays for prescription drugs. The report alleges the co-pays were far in excess of the actual cost of the drug and the insurer kept the difference. According to Reuters: “For example, the lawsuit claims, one class member paid a $50 co-payment for Sprintec, a contraceptive, while UnitedHealth paid the Read More >

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NORD President: Congress must act now to help 15 million sick children

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Writing in The Hill, National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) President and CEO Peter Saltonstall called upon Congress to act swiftly to maintain an important program encouraging research into treatments for rare pediatric diseases. The Rare Pediatric Priority Review Voucher (PRV) Program is set to expire at the end of the month, unless Congress reauthorizes it. Saltonstall writes: Developing therapies for people with rare diseases is incredibly difficult. Rare diseases are scientifically and medically complex, Read More >

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Challenging Entrepreneurs to Heal the World

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The healthcare industry needs a refresh! Through improvements in medicine, sanitation and general living conditions, we’ve made great strides at fighting many of the maladies that have plagued humanity for centuries, lowering child mortality rates while increasing life spans by decades. Yet as a consequence of living longer, we’re facing new health issues and the increasing prevalence of chronic conditions and , neurodegenerative,  metabolic and immunological diseases. Despite scientific advancements in many fields, insufficient progress Read More >

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The Washington Post Unfairly Attacks The Orphan Drug Act

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The Orphan Drug Act has been a tremendous success and addressed a market failure by providing incentives to bring new treatments to those suffering with rare diseases. That’s why I was deeply troubled by Friday’s unfair article in The Washington Post targeting the Orphan Drug Act through selective and unsubstantiated attacks that seem designed to undermine this bipartisan and hugely successful regime that has helped so many patients with rare diseases live longer and healthier Read More >

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