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BIO Launches New Website Holding Insurers Accountable: Un-surance.com


BIO is undertaking an aggressive effort to promote the value of biopharmaceutical innovations and ensure that all patients have access to the drugs they need. A vital component of this campaign is holding insurers and their allies accountable for standing in the way of that access. For months, we’ve blown the whistle on their discriminatory practices, high cost-sharing and cost-shifting, and their blatant falsehoods on what’s driving their premium increases, and today, we’re introducing a Read More >

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ICYMI: Peter Pitts Weighs in on Drug Price Debate

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This week in the Sacramento Bee, Peter J. Pitts, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration associate commissioner and now president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, wrote an op-ed regarding the ongoing drug pricing debate titled “Rising Drug Prices The Fault Of Insurers, Not Drug Companies.” Pitts lists two essential factors that are often overlooked in this discussion: First, the very real financial pain many Americans feel at the pharmacy counter Read More >

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The Cancer Death-Panel App

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In an article for the New York Post, Robert Goldberg, vice president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, wrote about an app that will use an algorithm like those health plans apply to limit access to innovative treatments: “At ASCO’s national conference, Dr. Lee Newcomer, United Healthcare’s medical director, said the ‘motives [of insurers] are viewed with suspicion when it comes to deciding whether a treatment is cost-effective. So having ASCO play Read More >

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What’s Behind the Rise in Executive Liability Insurance Prices?

Joe Haltman

What do gas, milk, bacon, electricity and now your Directors and Officers Liability Insurance coverage have in common? It may sound like the start of a bad joke but, in fact, they’re all goods or services that cost more than they used to. Some of you may have noticed that the price of Directors and Officers Liability, or D&O Insurance, is going up. Companies and organizations across the biotechnology sector are seeing price increases, with Read More >

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PTO Genetic Testing Study: What’s Patents Got to Do with It


The USPTO held a hearing on February 16 to collect testimony from interested parties to discuss factors affecting the availability of confirmatory, or second opinion, genetic testing.  However, the hearing quickly devolved into testimonies addressing so called ‘gene patents’ and genetic testing more broadly. Dr. Hans Sauer testified on behalf of BIO and first raised the question whether there is in fact patient demand for an ‘independent second opinion genetic test.’  While doctors would likely Read More >

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