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This week we released From Hope to Cures: PhRMA’s Second Annual National Health Survey revealing new data on how Americans view their own health as well as that of the Nation. The survey also reveals three new trends that appear to be evolving under the shifting health care landscape.


How we can further improve patients’ lives? This is a question the biopharmaceutical industry is constantly asking. This week on the Catalyst we noted that one way to achieve this is by supporting ways to ensure patients receive, and benefit from treatments.

improved quality of life for patients with arthritis
08.04.14 | By Robert Zirkelbach

For many patients, hope for a brighter future is directly tied to the potential of medicines in the pipeline to treat their disease or condition.

08.04.14 | By Preet Bilinski

Today, more than 52 million Americans are affected by arthritis and related musculoskeletal diseases, consisting of more than 100 different conditions, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC projects prevalence of musculoskeletal diseases could increase to 67 million by 2030 if current trends continue.

08.04.14 | By Allyson Funk

Medicare Part D continues to be a success for beneficiaries.


This week was packed with lively and informative discussions surrounding the incredibly important issue of treatment costs and the need to incorporate value into the cost narrative.

07.31.14 | By Jay Taylor

Following up on our May post, the next chapter in the rebuilding of the U.S. – India relationship has begun, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker are in India to meet with their counterparts in the new Indian government. Secretary Kerry will partake in the fifth U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue and also meet with Prime Minister Modi, the first meetings to occur between high-ranking officials from the U.S.


Earlier this week, PhRMA participated in the Wall Street Journal’s first tweet chat hosted by Ed Silverman, who spearheads the publication’s blog, Pharmalot.


For the millions of patients battling hepatitis C, World Hepatitis Day will hopefully be a day that is only read about in history books.

Now, more than ever before, there is great hope on the horizon as new and forthcoming medicines can provide nearly all patients fighting this disease with a cure. 


Biopharmaceutical research and development (R&D) continues to thrive. This week, we examined some of the ways that medicines in development have opened new doors for patients and what we can do to maintain a bright and promising future.


The current debate regarding the cost of new and forthcoming hepatitis C treatments has brought to light a long-standing discussion about the cost and value of innovative new medicines.

07.25.14 | By Mit Spears

As part of the 21st Century Cures initiative, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health discussed barriers to evidence development and communication for medicines and devices.

07.25.14 | By Dr. Bill Chin

Mental health conditions affect 1 in 4 Americans and take a heavy economic toll on the United States. Efforts to find effective treatments for conditions such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and substance abuse disorders continue despite difficult hurdles and setbacks.


A recent article in the New York Times once again missed the mark when it comes to reporting on the great promise in the biopharmaceutical pipeline.

07.22.14 | By Preet Bilinski

Pharmacology is often described as a bridge science because it incorporates knowledge and skills from a number of basic science disciplines including physiology, biochemistry and cell and molecular biology. Pharmacologists are able to 'translate' such knowledge into the rational development of therapeutics. As a result of their multidisciplinary training, pharmacologists are able to offer a unique perspective in solving drug-, hormone- and chemical-related problems.