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12.02.13 | By Mark Grayson

Fake medicines put patients and the public at risk. In the U.S. almost all fake medicines enter the drug supply through purchases over the internet. This is a pervasive problem all around the world.

11.22.13 | By Kaelan Hollon

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on what we’re thankful for and the progress we’ve made this year. For the biopharmaceutical research companies discovering new medicines, we're proud of our advancements that have helped develop new treatments and ensured the health and safety of our patients.

11.19.13 | By Matt Bennett

Prostate cancer is the second-most common form of cancer affecting men. In 2013, it is estimated that nearly 240,000 American men will be diagnosed with the disease and 29,000 will die from it.

11.15.13 | By Salvatore Alesci

The newly released American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) Guidelines on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol and Lifestyle Management to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults have received a great deal of attention over the last couple days and are certain to stimulate further discussion as p

11.15.13

Guest Post from Erin Mullen, PhRMA Associate VP and Director of Rx Response

11.14.13 | By Dr. Bill Chin

The healthcare community is at an important juncture; we must work together to ensure that policies and regulations align to help us meet the unique challenges and full potential of personalized medicine. Science and technology drive what we can achieve, but they also evolve over time.

11.14.13

In science – and especially medicine -- there are celebrated men and women whose life work has changed the world.  Doctors Salk and Sabine and their polio vaccines come quickly to mind.  Because of their work, people around the world need never fear the scourge of polio.

11.13.13 | By Matt Bennett

With nearly 1,700 care locations throughout the country and serving more than eight million Veterans, service members and military families each year, the Veterans Health Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is the largest integrated health care system in the country.

11.13.13 | By Jeff Trewhitt
The report, "Research in Your Backyard:  Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials in Massachusetts," shows widespread clinical research underway throughout the state, including Worcester where we released the report yesterday with the
11.12.13 | By John Castellani

Over the last few weeks we have devoted a fair bit of time and energy on Alzheimer’s disease. Why? It is one of the most complex diseases we face, it currently afflicts more than 5 million people in the U.S. and its current trajectory is worrisome to say the least.

11.08.13 | By Karl Uhlendorf

The phrase “strength in numbers” often rings true for the biopharmaceutical industry. This week we were reminded that when it comes to furthering innovation, collaboration is essential to creating a path forward and finding ways to improve patients’ lives.

11.07.13 | By Preet Bilinski

Have you heard of  Batten disease? Or  of Pompe disease? Niemann-Pick Disease? These are just a few of the 7,000 rare diseases that over 30 million Americans live with every day. Another rare disease that you may not be familiar with is Mitochondrial disease. Unfortunately, Art Estopian is too familiar with the disease.

11.05.13 | By Matt Bennett

Today, Alzheimer’s affects more than five million people in America. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, that number will triple in the next 40 years, and by 2050, caring for patients with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia is expected to cost the United States more than $1 trillion annually. Given the tremendous looming human and financial costs, more and more attention and resources are being devoted to finding new ways to treat those with Alzheimer’s disease and, ultimately, find a cure.

11.05.13 | By John Castellani

Last week, I took part in an interesting multi-stakeholder roundtable convened by NEHI and the California Healthcare Institute (CHI).

11.05.13 | By John Castellani

The U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain is the most secure in the world in part because of strong industry and government collaboration.  One benefit is that American patients can have confidence that the prescription medications they purchase from a reputable pharmacy are true to the label.

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