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A recent editorial in the New York Times delved into some overarching issues around coverage of cancer medicine. While the paper raises some interesting questions, it unfortunately missed a few key considerations in trying to come up with answers.


At PhRMA and our member companies, we're proud and excited by how the nearly 900 medicines now being developed to fight cancer may help patients struggling with the disease.

07.07.11 | By Kate Connors

This week, I had the chance to speak with Dr. Marc S. Ernstoff from Dartmouth College's Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Ernstoff, a leading oncologist and melanoma researcher, took the time to explain to me some of the latest advances in the field.

Tell us how you became involved in melanoma research?

07.06.11 | By Kate Connors

Yesterday, The Hill's Congress Blog ran a column by Nicole Boice, founder and CEO of the Children's Rare Disease Network, about how the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) has helped to bring orphan medicines to pediatric patients.


PhRMA recently released its report on the nearly 300 new medicines now being developed to help fight skin diseases. The report looks at new medicines now in late-stage clinical trials or currently before the FDA for final approval for patient use.

07.05.11 | By Kate Connors

PhRMA recently released its Medicines in Development for Skin Diseases report, which found 74 medicines in development for skin cancers.

06.29.11 | By Kate Connors

Yesterday, representatives from emerging companies spoke at the BIO International Convention about the work they are doing in the field of personalized medicine.


A piece on the increasing, world-wide problem of diabetes in the Washington Post this past weekend should give us all pause.

06.28.11 | By Kate Connors

At the end of the day yesterday, R&D experts from an assortment of biopharmaceutical research companies as well as venture capital came together to discuss what the future of the sector will look like from an innovation standpoint.

06.27.11 | By Kate Connors

Speaking at the BIO 2011 International Convention, Jeff Behrens from early-stage company Edimer Pharma discussed the many challenges that orphan drug developers confront in their quest to successfully treat a rare disease.

06.27.11 | By Kate Connors

Today kicks off the Biotechnology Industry Organization's 2011 International Convention. The four-day event is one of the biopharmaceutical research sector's largest gatherings and is sure to generate some interesting coverage.

06.24.11 | By Kate Connors

Yesterday, the Partnership for Safe Medicines - of which PhRMA is one of many members - held a congressional briefing to discuss the threat of rogue online pharmacies to patients in America.


The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a new report this week looking at childhood obesity prevention policies. The report notes that, today, "almost 10 percent of infants and toddlers carry excess weight for their length, and slightly more than 20 percent of children between the ages of two and five are already overweight or obese.


We've said before in this blog, that the task of researching and developing new medicines is growing more difficult as the science and technology used in the hunt become more complex. That's why the effort to bring new, collaborative thinking to address scientific and medical challenges, as well as new resources to the work, is so critical to future success.


From the tornadoes that ripped through the Southeast and Central United States to the Japan earthquake and tsunami, the 2011 winter snowstorm and recent flooding along the Mississippi River, Rx Response has been busy tracking potential disruptions to the biopharmaceutical supply system.

06.22.11 | By Kate Connors

This week, the Kaiser Family Foundation released the results of a survey seeking to capture the public's opinions about HIV/AIDS.

06.21.11 | By Lorraine Egan

Earlier today, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation launched 'Accelerating Cancer Cures,' a new initiative that brings together PhRMA, some of the industry's leading companies, and partners in academia to address the critical shortage of new young physician-scientists choosing careers in research, while also advancing a translational research model that will play a key role in discovering tomorrow's cancer cures.

06.21.11 | By Kate Connors

Tomorrow, PhRMA and the U.S. Department of Commerce will convene a roundtable discussion on export opportunities for biopharmaceutical research companies, with a particular emphasis on emerging companies as they seek to build an infrastructure that allows for increased exports.


There was an interesting study released in Nature on efforts to use vaccines to fight cancer. There's a good overview of the study here.