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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Story on Use of Surrogate Measures

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Earlier this week, John Fauber of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote an article on measures used to determine whether new medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases should reach patients. Fauber seem(s) to suggest that the use of surrogate measures – such as tumor shrinkage – do not provide evidence of drug efficacy. The story fails to present a balanced view of the complex benefit-risk assessments that the FDA must carefully consider when reviewing applications for Read More >

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Patent Cases Down by 40% in 2014

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The number of new patent cases filed in federal court has dropped by an astonishing 40 percent as compared to this time last year. This trend has some questioning whether Congressional patent reform is even necessary. Some legal experts are attributing this drop to the fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Alice vs. CLS Bank decision. In June, SCOTUS ruled in the case of Alice that certain subject matter which had been patentable (a computer-implemented Read More >

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Center for Medicine in the Public Interest Challenges Accuracy of 60 Minutes Cancer Story

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This week, the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest issued a press release criticizing CBS’ “60 Minutes” segment on cancer treatment prices as not just distorted but ‘dead wrong.’ “Featuring physicians that argue that treatment prices are too high does not change the fact that the cost of cancer drugs are about 12 percent of what health insurers spend on cancer or that new cancer drugs actually save health insurers money. Yet insurers are Read More >

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Tony Coelho: A Patient Advocate’s Perspective on Paying for Value

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Yesterday, Health Affairs published an op-ed by Tony Coelho, Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Chairman of the Partnership to improve patient care, on the benefit of patient-centered outcomes research to better inform medical care, without limiting patients’ and providers’ choices. As Coelho writes, ‘The movement to place greater financial risk on providers in an effort to pay for value rather than volume will have the effect of fundamentally changing the way Read More >

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Biotech CEOs Talk JOBS Act and IPO Experiences at 2014 BIO Investor Forum

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The JOBS Act has contributed to a dramatic acceleration in new biotech IPOs since its passage, with nearly a tripling in the rate of companies going public in the industry. By changing how entrepreneurs can access and communicate with investors earlier in the process, the JOBS Act has fundamentally shifted how CEOs of discovery-driven companies must spend their time dealing with internal versus external priorities. Yesterday at the 2014 BIO Investor Forum, a panel of Read More >

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