Down in Louisiana, where record flooding is becoming a real threat, Governor Bobby Jindal is recommending that residents who may have to evacuate their homes and communities remember to write down their prescription medicines before they leave their homes.
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Battelle, the world's largest independent research organization, is out with a new report on the economic impact of the human genome project. The headline from the report is that the "$3.8 billion investment in the Human Genome Project drove $796 billion in economic impact creating 310,000 jobs and launching the genomic revolution."
The four main conclusions reached in the Battelle study are:
Today was the launch of the Script Your Future campaign, an effort to encourage patients living with chronic diseases to better manage their conditions by taking their medicines as directed.
According to the campaign's Web site, "Understanding your condition and taking your medicine correctly are important steps toward a longer, healthier life. This campaign can help you with tools to manage your medicines."
A piece over at Everyday Health has some good, common sense tips for women concerned about heart disease.
Last Wednesday, I mentioned a Boston Globe article about biopharmaceutical research companies and the emphasis on studying medicines in specific populations, for rare conditions, and more.
In that post, I provided some examples of PhRMA's Medicines in Development Reports, which are a wealth of just this sort of information.
I've got a couple of more good pieces I want to pass along today.
Tonight, the Society for Women's Health Research is hosting an event to raise awareness about the health needs of women who have served in the armed forces.
"Beyond the Camouflage: Uncovering the Health Needs of Women Veterans" will focus on - and celebrate - the nearly 2 million women veterans and 230,000 women deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan."
A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association raises notable points about the current presence of comparative effectiveness research (CER) in the health care system.
Excluding orphan drugs and first-in-class medicines, a majority of new medicines (defined as new molecular entities) approved by the FDA between 2000 and 2010 had CER data available at the time of approval.
With the debate over the future of Medicare heating up, there are two interesting recent opinion pieces worth taking a look at.
An article in today's Boston Globe refers to biopharmaceutical research companies "dedicating more resources to rare disorders, illnesses that are prevalent in the developing world, and medical conditions that affect minority populations in rich countries."
The devastation caused by the string of tornadoes and storms continues to be felt. We've already blogged a couple of times on what Rx Response is doing to assist state and local emergency managers. But circumstances call for additional help for many of the region's uninsured patients, and the Partnership for Prescription Assistance is also stepping in to help.
For years, PhRMA has supported several programs that educate consumers about the safe disposal of expired and unused medications, including SMARxT Disposal, American Medicine Chest Challenge, and most recently, the DEA National Take Back Day, which occurred April 30 at approved locations across the nation.
As a result of the string of deadly tornadoes that have ravaged the Southeast United States, Rx Response began immediately monitoring the storms' impact on the flow of medicine in the affected areas and has elevated its engagement status from Stand-By to Alert.