Just one week from today, PhRMA is joining with U.S. News and World Report for a forum on a very important topic: Science, math, engineering and technology education, better known as STEM education. Numerous studies have shown that the United States has a STEM problem. We are falling behind other countries, with our students ranking in the bottom half of OECD nations in both science and math literacy.
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The rare disease community lost a champion last week when Sam Berns passed away at age 17 due to complications from progeria, an extremely rare genetic disease which causes accelerated aging. Last October, Sam shared his inspiring philosophy for a happy life in his talk at TEDxMidAtlantic.
Those who advocate more aggressive outreach to patients to talk about the potential benefits and importance of clinical research would certainly have felt vindicated during the roll out of "Research in Your Backyard: Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials in Iowa" yesterday in Des Moines.
This year promises to be a busy, productive one for PhRMA and our member companies, and we started the week off right by focusing on several key industry issues, including rare diseases, STEM education, and medical advances.
While 2013 was a great year, 2014 promises to be even better. As we look ahead, our focus on facilitating thoughtful discussions on some of the most important health care topics will continue.
Last week, the Administration gave a boost to NASA, vowing to keep the International Space Station in orbit until 2024, four years longer than its current approved tenure. With so many questions left unanswered and so much unchartered territory, space exploration is a lot like the search for treatments and cures.
Technology is rapidly changing how we conduct even the simplest of daily tasks, and with smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, being “connected” is no longer a function of sitting at a desk in front of a computer. We now carry some of the most powerful computers in the palm of our hands, and mobile platforms have opened the door to the creation of some incredibly innovative applications.
Earlier this week, Scientific American published an excellent blog post by chemist Ashutosh Jogalekar with the cheeky title, “Why drugs are expensive: It’s the science, stupid.” In his well-informed commentary, Jogalekar describe
Looking for the latest data on retail prescription drug spending? We’ve got it here. Yesterday, CMS’ Office of the Actuary released its latest figures on national health care and prescription drug spending for 2012.
This is the third blog post in a series of responses to Luke Timmerman’s Xconomy article, “12 Things the Pharma Industry Can Do to Rebuild Real Public Trust,” in which he says the pharmaceutical industry isn’t doing enough to deliver “big health advances.”
A recent article in Information Week authored by Robert Atkinson, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, makes an interesting argument about why innovation-focused industries, such as the biopharmaceutical sector, should come together on issues of innovation in order to maintain U.S. competitiveness.
This is the second blog post in a series of responses to Luke Timmerman’s Xconomy article, “12 Things the Pharma Industry Can Do to Rebuild Real Public Trust,” in which he says the pharmaceutical industry isn’t doing enough to deliver “big health advances.
This is the first blog post in a series of responses to Luke Timmerman’s Xconomy article, “12 Things the Pharma Industry Can Do to Rebuild Real Public Trust,” in which he says the pharmaceutical industry isn’t doing enough to deliver “big health advances.”
The assessment of the benefit-risk balance of a medicine is a key component of the drug development and regulatory review process. This assessment is also an important determination that each patient and doctor must make when choosing a treatment strategy.
The best health stems from the best information, and this includes biopharmaceutical information-sharing with physicians and patients. As the creators of many of the medicines we all rely upon, the companies have the most up to date knowledge on safety and benefit/risk, making conversations with prescribing physicians imperative to better care.