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03.29.13 | By Randy Burkholder

As I skim the new report “Medicines in Development for Older Americans,” I’m reminded how new medications that are still being developed and clinically tested have already begun to have positive impacts on patients and local economies all over the country.

03.28.13 | By Stephanie Fischer

Dr John H Rex, VP and Head of Infection, Global Medicines Development at AstraZeneca, recently spoke about the dangers of antimicrobial resistance on National Public Radio’s “To The Point” show, dur


Rx Response  – an initiative by members of the pharmaceutical supply chain designed to keep medicines moving to patients in emergencies like a natural disasters – got some welcome recognition at the 2013 National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans this week.   RxResponse Director and PhRMA Associate Vice Presi


A new cancer study is all over the news today, highlighting a batch of cancer “markers” that can help predict the disease earlier than before.

03.26.13 | By Preet Bilinski

Today is the American Diabetes Association Alert Day, a one-day, "wake-up call" asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. One in three American adults - that's 79 million people- have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.


Dr. Curtis Triplett, an assistant professor of diabetes medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Texas Diabetes Institute, is a clinician on the front lines of the fight against diabetes.

03.26.13 | By Mark Grayson

Last week Senate Finance Committee Chair, Max Baucus (D. MT), and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R. UT) took a strong stand urging that the Administration secure robust intellectual property (IP) standards in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). In a letter to Ambassador Demetrios Marantis, Acting U.S.

03.25.13 | By Stephanie Fischer

The Supreme Court heard arguments today in the case of Federal Trade Commission v.


If we really want to "fix cancer," as Ezekiel Emanuel and a group of oncologists suggested in the New York Times this weekend, we should focus on how we can continue to build on medical innovation collaborations that can lead to better scientific knowledge and discovery of targeted treatments that can help defeat this complex dis


How can the pharmaceutical industry adapt to a rapidly changing environment? The short answer: collaboration. This week, The Catalyst featured several posts highlighting the importance of collaboration to advance patient care and improve lives.

03.22.13 | By Randy Burkholder

Recent reports by PhRMA on medicines in development for older Americans and on


03.22.13 | By Randy Burkholder


I've been watching the news coverage of ProPublica's Dollars for Docs with disappointment. Why hasn't the media questioned the validity of conclusions drawn from numbers without context?


Today, The Catalyst features a guest post from Parkinson's Action Network CEO Amy Comstock Rick who, in light of the conclusion of Brain Awareness Week, discusses the results of two studies published in Movement Disorders, titled


One of the most rewarding aspects of the "Research in Your Backyard" events that I've attended throughout the country is the chance to meet amazing people from all walks of life. One such person is Judy Orem, who I had the pleasure to get to know during an event in the Pacific Northwest last year.


Last year, the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) released a survey of health care stakeholders on comparative effectiveness research (CER).