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Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, recently joined SMARxT Disposal, a program that helps educate customers about the proper way to quickly and safely dispose of any unused prescription drugs. Walmart will launch the national educational program in more than 3,500 of their pharmacies.
Douglas Peddicord, Ph.D., has an interesting blog post on the high quality of clinical trials conducted around the world in the Huffington Post.
Two weeks ago at our annual meeting, attendees heard a variety of governors talk about the roles that biopharmaceutical research companies play in their state economies. Now, a new resource on PhRMA's website makes it easier for the public to see this role.
The Huffington Post has an interesting piece today that's worth reading on new efforts to research and develop new medicines to treat rare diseases. Of course, many of these efforts aren't really new. America's biopharmaceutical research companies have long researched and developed medicines targeting rare diseases (i.e. conditions affecting less than 200,000 patients).
A few weeks ago, the indomitable Jennifer Windrum, of WTF: Where's The Funding? (for lung cancer), asked me to write a guest post for her blog. I was honored, and saw it as a great opportunity to reach cancer patients who may not know just how much work is going into research and development for new medicines to potentially treat the countless cancers that plague so many Americans.
Sunday's Boston Globe included a multi-part series detailing Cambridge, Mass.-based Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a growing biopharmaceutical firm that is hoping to find itself on the cusp of moving from a young start-up to a commercially viable company. In this sense, it's a great example of the many emerging companies that contribute to the work done throughout the biopharmaceutical research sector, and we'll continue to highlight similar emerging companies in the future here on The Catalyst.
In today's Wall Street Journal, reporter Amy Dockser Marcus writes about how an online community called PatientsLikeMe helped to inspire a clinical trial of lithium to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The trial, published in Sunday's Nature Biotechnology journal, was inconclusive.
Any prescription medicines that you have at home come with specific storage instructions: keep away from light, perhaps, or store in the refrigerator. But what happens if you happen to be, oh, staffing a mission to the International Space Station?
Earlier this week, a joint plan was outlined by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where key strategies were developed that address preventing prescription drug abuse nationwide. A full outline of the plan can be found here.
As we've noted in previous blog posts, counterfeit medicines are becoming more prevalent around the world. Many foreign countries have been experiencing an influx of counterfeit drugs because they have a weaker regulatory regime compared to the U.S. and/or open drug supply system. In the U.S., however, our closed drug supply system has helped shield patients from the dangerous worldwide counterfeit medicines epidemic.