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The Washington Post Unfairly Attacks The Orphan Drug Act


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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Complexities of Rare Diseases Take the Spotlight at BIO


Global Genes Founder & CEO Nicole Boice opened the BIO 2015 Orphan & Rare Disease Track by addressing a packed session with a simple, powerful statement: “We’re all working to eliminate the challenges of rare diseases, but patients and their advocates aren’t always equipped to fight.” Organizations like Global Genes help families affected by rare disease by connecting them with much needed tools and resources. By better understanding the definition of a “rare” disease, industry Read More >

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New PhRMA Report: A Decade of Innovation in Rare Diseases


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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Mito What???


Mitochondrial Disease: The Most Common Disease You’ve Probably Never Heard of… About 20 years ago, mitochondrial disease was virtually unheard of.  Just 10 years ago, it was considered rare. Today, according to NORD, a disease is considered rare when less than 200,000 people are affected.  Mitochondrial disease is not a single disease, but rather an entire umbrella of rare diseases.  For example, Alpers disease and Barth syndrome are very different and rare forms of mitochondrial Read More >

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Rare Disease Day 2014: Joining Together for Better Care

Hans Schikan of Prosensa

There are more than 6,000 different rare diseases affecting over 60 million people across Europe and North America, alone, and millions more throughout the world. Most of these diseases are genetic, serious, chronic and debilitating. Each disease is different, but they affect people in similar ways. Joining together can help patients and their families find common solutions for care and remind them they are not alone. As the world marks Rare Disease Day on February Read More >

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