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PhRMA’s Rick Smith, Executive Vice President of Policy and Research, testified today in a hearing called, “10 Years Later: A Look at the Medicare Prescription Drug Program,” hosted by the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging.

05.22.13 | By Chip Davis

With the 17th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations taking place in Lima, Peru, the importance of strong U.S. trade and innovation policy is once again front and center.


In Colombia, unprecedented price controls in the private market are being contemplated and such policies – a threat to continued research and development of new medicines – are already in effect in El Salvador and also under consideration elsewhere in the region. 


This past weekend the American Journal of Managed Care released a study titled, “The Economic Impact of Medicare Part D on Congestive Heart Failure.”

05.20.13 | By Stephanie Fischer

Uplifting Athletes is a nonprofit organization that works with college football players to raise awareness of rare disease, raise funds for research and support individual rare disease patients.  The chapters are run by student athletes at universities across the country.  Their work recently gained national attention when the


Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Olof Larsson, chief scientific officer, Eli Lilly and Company, to talk about what inspired him to get into science and what advice he has for students as they explore their future career path.  I met Olof, originally from Sweden, at his house in Indianapolis, IN and as I walked through the front door, he introduced me to his daughter who is current


Within minutes of Angelina Jolie’s New York Times opinion piece going live on her preventative steps against breast cancer, nearly every major news outlet in the world was covering the highly personal story. Ms.


It’s always tough reading biased coverage, especially when reporters continue to slam collaboration between physicians and biopharmaceutical companies. I was particularly taken aback by Roni Caryn Rabin’s treatment of the issue in New York Times’ Well blog this week.

05.16.13 | By Stephanie Fischer

A recent article in Scientific American which explains “Why Doctors Prescribe Off-Label Drugs” caught my attention since non-approved use, also known as off-label use, of prescription medicines is often mentioned in the news without the context of why doctors choose to recommend it.

05.15.13 | By Josephine Martin

Can women really “have it all?” It is an age-old question that continues to generate significant societal interest and discussion.


Following our focus on young innovators this week, I’m reminded that ongoing research and innovation significantly improves the lives of patients and contributes to the health of our economy. The pace of innovation is staggering, and with so much information available at our fingertips, ensuring patients are utilizing reliable, accurate sources to make the best decisions for their health can be a challenge.


Nobody better represents the exciting science of our sector than those who are rolling up their sleeves and engaging in innovative biopharmaceutical research every day. As a result, we at PhRMA and our member companies are excited to highlight the stories and lives of some of our inspiring scientists. These individuals epitomize the passion, diversity, excitement, commitment and intellectual prowess of biopharmaceutical scientists. And they set an example for future generations of promising biopharma researchers.


Hurricane season is coming. It starts in less than a month.  Now’s the time to get prepared.  Here’s a clip from the Barometer Bob Show on the Weather Radio Broadcast Network.  In this edition, Barometer Bob interviews RxResponse Executive Director Erin Mullen.


IMS’ latest report, Declining Medicine Use and Costs: For Better or Worse, reasserts the value that medicines provide in improving patients’ health and saving money on future health care costs. It’s also a great example of how and why the life cycle of medicines works so well. 


Last week I wrote about my experience at the US Chamber’s Small Business Summit, and noted that I would be profiling some smaller businesses who work with pharmaceutical manufacturing companies as vendors.

05.08.13 | By John Castellani

Edited 05.10.13

As an industry, we need to do a better job of telling our story – who we are, what we believe in, and why the work we are doing is so important.  If we don’t, we will continue to be misunderstood and the full value of innovative medicines may not be recognized. 


In the (now famous) picture, a mumps-ridden Jeryl Hilleman screams at the camera while older sister Kristen cautiously holds the baby still enough to endure the prick of a needle held by their father, Merck vaccinologist Dr. Maurice Hilleman.

05.07.13 | By Preet Bilinski

Blood cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma, can affect anyone, including children. Each year, nearly 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with a blood cancer—accounting for about 9 percent of all new cancer diagnoses according to the American Cancer Society.

05.07.13 | By Salvatore Alesci

A recent article in the Telegram discussed translation medicine, a discipline that tries to reduce the gaps between discoveries made in the research laboratory and their application in clinical practice.


In a blog a couple of weeks ago, I summarized the many anti-chronic disease efforts PhRMA supports and explained why we’ve made those commitments.  High on the list of programs we back is the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) and a recent statement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains why: