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02.28.14 | By Kaelan Hollon

We revisit the research and development (R&D) pipeline quite a bit, because it is a crucially important aspect of modern medicine. Having recently released our Medicines in Development report on the 180 medicines in the pipeline to treat diabetes and related conditions, it is important to recognize the steps that fuel innovation and medical advances.

02.27.14 | By John Castellani

By 2020, nearly half of all Americans will have at least one chronic condition. As more and more people are afflicted by chronic disease, it is increasingly important to develop new ways to prevent, manage, and treat these life-altering conditions.

02.26.14

The existing model of bringing new medicines to patients is a costly, exhaustive, and thorough process. In fact, to develop a new medicine under the federal process takes about $1 billion and 10 years — with a failure rate of roughly 99 percent.

02.26.14 | By Stephanie Fischer

Developing new medicines is a lengthy and complex process, relying heavily on volunteer participation to evaluate potential therapies for safety and effectiveness in clinical trials. Without the patients who volunteer to participate in clinical research, the development of new treatments would not be possible.

Challenges in Patient Recruitment

02.24.14 | By Jay Taylor

Today, I had the opportunity to offer PhRMA’s perspective on inadequate intellectual property (IP) rights and other major trade barriers around the world during the U.S.

02.21.14 | By Kaelan Hollon

Despite the inevitable hurdles and roadblocks that arise throughout the R&D process, this past week we highlighted the medical breakthroughs aimed to improve the lives of patients around the world.

02.21.14

CMS recently released a proposed rule that would significantly change Part D, the prescription drug program in Medicare, potentially jeopardizing coverage, choice, access and affordability for beneficiaries. In a Feb.

02.20.14 | By Jeff Francer

A new book, the Cure in the Code: How 20th Century Law is Undermining 21st Century Medicine, provides a fascinating overview of advances in biomedical science with the potential to revolutionize how diseases are treated by providing patients with more targeted therapies.

02.17.14 | By Mark Grayson

At the International Trade Commission (ITC) hearing on the investigation into India's trade policies, Rod Hunter, PhRMA’s Senior Vice President for International Affairs, highlighted the industry's concerns and hopes surrounding India’s policies.

NORD President and CEO Peter Saltonstall
02.17.14 | By Stephanie Fischer

Many biopharmaceutical companies are actively engaged in the research and development of therapies to treat rare disease, despite challenges such as much smaller patient populations than more common diseases. Companies seek opportunities to partner with patient advocacy organizations, academia and the government in order to make even greater progress against rare disease, which collectively affect 1 in 10 Americans.

02.14.14 | By Randy Burkholder

There's been a lot of discussion lately about the need to control rising health care costs, and the role of new medicines and medical technology. Nowhere has this discussion been sharper than in the area of oncology. At PhRMA, we’ve been joining in many of these discussions, working with other stakeholders to identify solutions to sustain continued progress and support efficient delivery of optimal patient care.

02.14.14 | By Kaelan Hollon

Within the medical community there is so much truth to the saying, “knowledge is power.” Whether it’s sharing information about a new medicine in development that could save a patient’s life, or sharing resources and ideas to change a patient’s life, it is essential that patients, doctors, and other members of the health care ecosystem stay well informed and disseminate their knowledge.

02.14.14 | By Kaelan Hollon

It’s no coincidence that February is American Heart Month and host to Valentine’s Day, and as a result, there is no better time to focus on your heart.

02.12.14 | By Stephanie Fischer

In last week’s #RarePOV tweetchat, leading rare disease advocacy organizations and individual patient advocates came together to share resources and plans for the upcoming international Rare Disease Day.

02.11.14 | By Kaelan Hollon

With the tragic news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, the national conversation around addiction has gained a new focal point. Though Hoffman died from a heroin overdose, his death has intensified an ongoing discussion about the abuse and misuse of painkillers and other medicines. 

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