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Over a decade ago, when SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) was first detected in China, it took significant time to identify the virus and to understand how the disease spread among affected populations.


Scientific advances can be pretty thrilling.


Speaking as a father of three little ones, I can appreciate a parent's reluctance to medicate a child. Yes our pediatrician recommended the medicine, but is it really necessary? What about drug resistance over time?

10.01.12 kicked off an amazing campaign to promote consumer awareness of safe medicine use and disposal - if you haven't seen their parent and teacher toolkits, you're missing out. And while their Project's kickoff may be over, our work to reduce prescription drug abuse continues on. In keeping that fire burning, I've asked PDMP Center of Excellence at Brandeis University Director John Eadie to guest blog post about what's going on in their neck of the woods.

10.01.12 | By John Castellani

In the parlance of corporate mergers, "Day 1" is a critical moment of transition. While not without challenges, Day 1 often brings a sense of excitement, promising growth platforms and long-term opportunities. When it comes to regulatory policy, this marks the biopharmaceutical research sector's Day 1.


Marv Shepherd, PhD, president of the Partnership for Safe Medicines, comments on Interchange 2012.


Yesterday morning, I was sitting with my daughter watching "Play with me Sesame" on the Sprout channel. Over the last couple of months, my daughter's love for this show has grown - she now dances to the songs and points to the television when she sees her favorite puppet Elmo.


I may be a creature of habit, but I still want options. Needless to say, I was pleased yesterday when I read about an increased number of available Medicare Part D plans with premiums below $20 (the national average is $30).


A large part of's Medicine Abuse Project campaign talks through how to 'safeguard' medicines.


I'll be honest, I rarely watch the evening news. I find it all just too depressing. Actually, now that I think about it, no matter what medium I get my news, it can be awfully depressing. Rarely do I see or hear about positive developments in the U.S.


This is a guest post from Stephen J. Pasierb, President and CEO of The Partnership at He leads an effective, research-based, national nonprofit whose mission is to help parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children.


Scientific American has several good blogs, and one of my favorites is Gary Stix's Talking Back (@gstix1) which covers neuroscience.

09.21.12 has released a bright new infographic detailing the national statistics on prescription drug abuse.


PhRMA issued the following statement on an article published today by Bloomberg.

"An article published today by Bloomberg does not accurately reflect PhRMA's position on Medicare Part D or other health care policy issues. The article is based on improperly obtained internal documents that were in draft form. The documents do not contain official PhRMA policy positions, which are set by the organization's Board of Directors.


Part of my job is being able to talk about prescription drug abuse, and having hung around PhRMA for five years now, I can chat most people's ears off.


I've seen it firsthand and the numbers aren't pretty - America's troops are vastly more likely to binge drink and abuse prescription medicine than ever before, according


While we've long been active on the issue of prescription drug abuse, the next few weeks will be a particularly important time to take action with The Medicine Abuse Project.