The Catalyst



The question of the day is: what can we do to meet the enormous healthcare challenges ahead?  Truly, it’s the question of the decade.  The challenges are real.  The clock is ticking.  What we do today, tomorrow, next year and beyond to set sound policies in Washington, state capitals and around the world will mean the difference between solving problems and simply coping with the onslaught of disease.

04.29.13 | By Mark Grayson

“A strong intellectual property rights system encourages investment by millions of people in the United States and abroad to engage in ongoing innovation. This is critical for future economic growth in the United States and elsewhere. America’s founding fathers considered this to be so important that they included the legal basis for our national patent and copyright system in the U.S.


Innovators are progressing, and as a result, so is our understanding of the work they are doing.


Cutting edge cancer treatments offer patients hope in their battle against devastating diseases. They typically treat some of the most severe or rare diseases, where previously there were inadequate options. Since 1980, life expectancy for cancer patients has increased by about three years and over 80 percent of those gains are attributable to new treatments, including medicines.


Today is the World Intellectual Property Organization’s World Intellectual Property Day, and it couldn’t be more relevant.

04.24.13 | By Josephine Martin

As I mentioned in a post earlier this week, the human toll of blood cancers is a very personal issue for me. I have witnessed first-hand the valiant struggle that patients endure, and the sad reality that despite tremendous progress to date, we cannot always stop disease progression. This is why – above all else – I am excited by the promising, innovative research reflected in a reported released today by PhRMA.


The Hill’s Congress Blog featured a blog post today from John J. Castellani, president and CEO, PhRMA, about the Senate Aging Committee hearing on the National Alzheimer's Plan.


John Castellani, PhRMA’s President and CEO, was honored to be one of the keynote speakers at last night’s Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s National Minority Quality Forum and Health Braintrust Awards Dinner. 


Check your calendar and hop online; chances are, you’re probably near one of the DEA’s National Take Back Day’s nearly 5,500 disposal sites where local law enforcement will supervise a free, anonymous take back program between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, April 27.

04.23.13 | By Jay Taylor

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement has the potential to be an economic game-changer for the United States. Opening the growing markets of the Asia Pacific region would increase trade and exports, help continue our economic recovery and create new, high-paying jobs for American workers.


PhRMA explores the potential medicines in the biopharmaceutical pipeline on a regular basis through our Medicines in Development reports and other related efforts. Simply put, the pipeline is the foundation of PhRMA member companies.

04.22.13 | By Sascha Haverfield, Ph.D.

A new report on the antibiotic pipeline is causing renewed concern given the emergence of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” with high mortality rates. 

Antibiotic-Resistance Poses Grave Danger

04.22.13 | By Josephine Martin

A passion to help others. Above all else, this is the prevailing quality inherent in the biopharmaceutical sector and in partners throughout the health care field. We help people live longer, better lives. We see it every day in the work we do and the people with whom we interact. This week, PhRMA is excited to be a part of two activities that epitomize this galvanizing mindset.

04.19.13 | By Stephanie Fischer

While most of my colleagues were in San Diego last week for the PhRMA Annual Meeting, I attended the World Orphan Drug Congress in DC.  Industry leaders such as Freda Lewis-Hall of Pfizer, officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Natio

04.19.13 | By Preet Bilinski

Every year, the PhRMA Foundation grants Awards in Excellence to past awardees who are dramatic, living proof that the Foundation program works and makes a difference. These awards are given to scientists who received a Foundation grant at the outset of their careers and went on to distinguish themselves through their scientific and/or academic achievements.


This morning's Research In Your Backyard (RIYB) event was a bright spot of hope amid an otherwise overcast day in Augusta, and PhRMA President and CEO (and longtime Maine resident) John Castellani spoke to his hometown crowd about the impact of clinical trials in Maine. With mor


Today there was legislation introduced by several members of Congress that would impose mandatory government price controls in the form of rebates in Medicare Part D.


A strong finish to #PhRMA13 today drove home the message that for patients, there is no greater source of hope than the continued medical innovation that leads to new treatments and further, new hope. 

04.12.13 | By Robert J. Hugin

The past few days have been an excellent reminder of the accomplishments of our organization during the past year under the leadership of Dr. John Lechleiter. We have made important progress in our ongoing mission to protect and expand medical innovation and provide patients with access to disease-altering new therapies.


It’s obvious at #PhRMA13 that providing patients with the treatments they need is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. To determine what treatments are needed, patient engagement is becoming increasingly important.