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08.13.12 | By Jay Taylor, By Jay Taylor

If you are like most people, I suspect you don't spend much time thinking about how international trade negotiations affect your health, job or the economy. I can't blame you. It's all pretty complex stuff that occurs without much press coverage or commentary.

But the outcomes of these negotiations matter and they can affect your access to medicines, your job and our economy.

That's why the on-going Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations should be on your radar.


Today we have a guest post from Dan Leonard, President of the National Pharmaceutical Council.


My first memory of listening to Bruce Springsteen my father play lullabies on his guitar, as I desperately tried to fight off sleep. Listening to Bruce and the E Street Band was as much a part of the fabric of my family as exchanging gifts at Christmas. We discussed his music the way we gossiped about family friends, and gifting a new album to my father was a sure-fire way to buy his love (just kidding, Dad).


Today, President Obama said in a speech in Colorado, "I believe in American workers, I believe in this American industry, and now the American auto industry has come roaring back.


While writing a response to Donald Lights' flawed analysis in the British Medical Journal, I came across an insightful blog post written by Derek Lowe of "In the Pipeline" fame.


While staying up late the other night watching U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney fall after she descended from her amazing vault jump, I couldn't help but feel terrible for her. You could tell by the look in her eyes that she thought she failed not only herself but also America. But the reality is that we all continue to be proud that she represented our country, despite her loss in the vault competition.


Luckily, I've never had one. Of the 36 million people suffering from migraines in the US, only about 50-60% of those get any help from medications currently on the market. That's an enormous amount of people dealing with pain on a daily basis.


Reuters posted a story yesterday linking a higher risk of gout when people put weight. Gout is an incredibly painful arthritic condition that occurs when a person produces too much uric acid, or their body can't really get rid of what's being normally produced.


Recent basic research into possible cancer stem cells may be bearing fruit.


I continue to be amazed by some of the stories I've read on social media sites about young whiz kids who are taking science to a whole new level.


You know the feeling when a great idea starts picking up speed? You throw out an idea in a crowded conference room, and it starts to gel as coworkers add to it, and suddenly what seemed to be the offhand result of too much caffeine on a Tuesday morning turns into a full-blown national campaign - the "BOOM" moment, as I like to call it. That's what the folks at must be feeling like right now with "The Medicine Abuse Project."


A physician, equipped with the latest medical and scientific information, prescribes a medicine as the best course of treatment for a patient. The patient follows the doctor's orders, takes the medicine as prescribed and has a positive health outcome.

A remarkable event?

Hardly. This is what doctors do.

07.27.12 | By Christian Clymer

Yesterday we wrapped up a successful PhRMA Social Media Summit at Astellas' Americas HQ, focusing on best practices and information sharing with a presentation from the American Medical Association (AMA).

07.27.12 | By Mark Grayson

Today we have another guest post from James Sykes, Advocacy Manager for HealthHIV, an organization offering support for people living with, or at risk for, HIV/AIDS by providing education, capacity building, health services research, and advocacy to organizations, communities and professionals.