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09.10.14 | By Preet Bilinski

Looking back at the past 25 years of HIV/AIDS treatment, the progress that has been made can only be described as tremendous. Since 1995, with the development of the first protease inhibitors, the death rate in the U.S. from HIV/AIDS decreased by 83 percent.

09.09.14 | By Robert Zirkelbach

Working with our tremendous partners in academia, research and community activism is one of the most rewarding things we do at PhRMA. This year, at the 3rd Annual Research and Hope Awards ceremony on September 10, we will celebrate the inspiring stories of individuals who have helped advance the fight against HIV/AIDS. And their efforts are worth admiring.


Astellas US President Jim Robinson said in a guest post this week, “We are on the cusp of amazing progress in U.S. biopharmaceutical research and development,” and he is right. With more than 3,400 medicines in development in the U.S., patients are seeing new treatments bring hope for the future. Thanks to innovation, we are helping more patients than ever before.

09.05.14 | By Mark Grayson

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Commerce released two new reports detailing the extraordinary impact that exports have on our economy. The new data revealed that exports supported more than 11 million jobs within the U.S.


While the majority of Americans (66 percent) report they have had a good year when it comes to their personal health, that hasn’t necessarily been the case for all of us, particularly for those dealing with certain chronic health issues.

09.02.14 | By Jim Robinson

We are on the cusp of amazing progress in U.S. biopharmaceutical research and development, but without policies that help attract and retain research-based companies and partnerships to help bring new medicines to patients, we run the risk of losing our country’s competitive advantage.

08.28.14 | By Allyson Funk

Yesterday, the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report was released examining projected long-term federal spending, including that of Medicare.

08.28.14 | By Jay Taylor

We talk a lot in Congress about doing things for our children and grandchildren.


Today, Americans can do almost everything online. With a few clicks, we can manage our bank accounts, order groceries and book vacations. We can even manage components of our health and health care by scheduling doctor appointments online, ordering prescription refills and comparing test results.

08.26.14 | By Robert Zirkelbach

It’s likely many of us have paused to think about what life would have been like in a bygone time and felt thankful for the modern comforts we enjoy, from refrigeration to cell phones. When looking at the progress we’ve made and the comforts we enjoy, medical innovation should be at the top of the list.


This week, we addressed some of the barriers that patients face when it comes to their health and how the biopharmaceutical industry helps individuals get the treatments they need.

School’s back in session. But, while families are scrambling to buy new clothes and classroom supplies, one thing is glaringly missing from too many back-to-school “must have” lists—annual immunizations.  
08.18.14 | By Allyson Funk

A new story from the AP today, “Patient advocates say insurers avoiding the sick,” highlights the growing concern among patients and insurance commissioners about high cost-sharing for medicines in the new health insurance exchanges.

08.18.14 | By Preet Bilinski

The science of informatics drives innovation that is defining future approaches to information and knowledge management in biomedical research, clinical care, and public health.


A new PhRMA survey found that Americans are paying more attention to their health, and, thanks to the countless resources at our fingertips, information is often just a click away. Easy access to vast amounts of information, however, has led to misconceptions about what is and isn’t healthy. Today, for example, just 33 percent of Americans believe it is very easy to get accurate and complete health care information.