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When is the Evidence “Enough” to Make a Health Care Decision?

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At any given time, work is taking place in hundreds of laboratories throughout the country to develop new and better ways of combating disease and protecting our health and well-being.  As the results of this research becomes more widely known, how long does it take before this new information changes the actual practice of medicine in hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices? According to the Institute of Medicine, it takes an average of 17 years for Read More >

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NORD Urges Congress: Don’t Cut Orphan Drug Tax Credit

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This week, the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD) and more than 70 patient organizations sent a letter to key members of Congress in support of maintaining the Orphan Drug Tax Credit. Representing millions of American men, women and children suffering from rare diseases, the organizations voice strong support for the Orphan Drug Tax Credit (ODTC) and urge Congress to keep this critical tax credit in place as tax reform proposals are developed. According to Read More >

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The Michael J. Fox Foundation Launches $10 Million Edmond J. Safra Core Programs

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The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) has committed up to $10 million to its next funding round for the Edmond J. Safra Core Programs for PD Research to prioritize research toward transformative treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD). We invite qualified researchers to apply to the Edmond J. Safra Core Programs for PD Research: Rapid Response Innovation Awards: This program supports high-risk, high-reward projects with little-to-no existing preliminary data, but with potential to significantly Read More >

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Biodefense Preparedness Key for National Public Health

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Over the last decade, our nation has responded to deliberate biological attacks – the mailing of anthrax-laden letters – and severe naturally-occurring disease outbreaks including SARS and the 2009-H1N1 flu pandemic. As an industry, biotechnology can help improve our nation’s capacity to prepare and respond to natural disasters, bioterrorist attacks, and outbreaks of infectious disease. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) was established to support the advanced development and procurement of drugs, vaccines, Read More >

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Ellmers’ Cancer Bill Marks 100 Co-Sponsors

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Today, Congresswoman Ellmers announced that 100 bipartisan cosponsors have signed on to support her bill – The Cancer Patients Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 1416). The bill aims to ‘protect cancer patients from the harmful effects of the misallocated sequestration cuts.’  The bill also protects patients suffering from other diseases too.  In a statement from the Congresswoman, she points out that the focus of sequestration is to reduce spending, but treating patients in hospitals is Read More >

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