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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.

09.14.12 | By John Castellani

This week, PhRMA presented the 2012 Research & Hope Awards to researchers, academics and patient advocates for their work in the fight against Alzheimer's disease (check out video from the event


Today, we've got a great guest blog post from Crawford Clay, a cancer survivor and Patient Advocacy Coordinator with the Colon Cancer Alliance, who is talking about a fun new project to raise awareness of colon cancer in communities across the US.

When I was diagnosed with colon cancer, I didn't know a lot about the disease and frankly, I was a bit embarrassed to talk about it. But over the years I've learned that talking about this disease can make a huge difference and it can save lives in the process.

09.14.12 | By Preet Bilinski

This summer there have been two high-profile Alzheimer's drug failures. These setbacks are extremely disappointing to us all but particularly for patients and their families, health care providers, and the researchers working on these potential new medicines.


In case you missed it, there's a very interesting meta-analysis in this week's Annals of internal Medicine on the comparative effectiveness of interventions to improve medication adherence.

09.13.12 | By Preet Bilinski

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States today, with more than 5 million people currently affected.

09.13.12 | By John Castellani

At the Newseum last night, here in Washington, I was privileged to be part of an event honoring some truly inspiring and remarkable people.