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Patents Not an Issue in the Fight Against Ebola

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As of October 23,2014 more than 4,900 people have died from the current Ebola outbreak, concentrated in the three West African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. Frustrated that the process of getting experimental vaccines to West Africa was not moving fast enough, some were quick to blame intellectual property rights. But in reality, as government officials were quick to point out, the WHO first needed to resolve important ethical and safety considerations before a vaccine that Read More >

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NPR’s Shots Blog: Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases

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This past weekend, Michaeleen Doucleff at NPR’s Shots blog shared a fascinating but disturbing map from the Council on Foreign Relations, How Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases. The map covers 2008-2013 and shows outbreaks of measles, mumps, rubella, polio, whooping cough, and other diseases that are preventable with vaccines. As the article notes, we’ve seen a large increase in whooping cough cases here in the US. While the 24,000 cases seen in Read More >

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New PhRMA Report: Nearly 300 Vaccines Currently in Development

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Today, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America released a report, Medicines in Development: Vaccines – A Report on the Prevention and Treatment of Disease Through Vaccines. The report shows that U.S. biopharma companies are currently developing 271 vaccines to prevent and treat numerous conditions, including infectious diseases and various forms of cancer and neurological disorders. Vaccines have successfully prevented devastating infectious diseases such as smallpox, measles and polio. According to data from the Centers Read More >

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Separating Science from Fiction

The Atlantic recently published a story on the dangers of anti-vaccine rhetoric, “Destabilizing the Jenny McCarthy Public-Health Industrial Complex.” The article describes the hysteria around the alleged link between autism and vaccines, which has since been scientifically discredited. The public campaign created fear among parents, some of whom chose not to vaccinate their children. As the author states, “Anti-vaccinators risk not only the lives of their own children, but also those of others who are Read More >

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Congress Acts to Protect Public Health this Flu Season

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The next flu season may be months away, but Congress already acted to ensure our nation is ready. Reps. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Richard Neal (D-MA), as well as Sens.  Max Baucus (D- MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced legislation which was recently enacted into law (H.R. 475) to update the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) to cover the newest flu vaccines in time for flu season, ensuring patient access to the latest therapies. Read More >

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