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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. 

02.11.14 | By Jay Taylor

The importance of protecting intellectual property cannot be overstated. For the biopharmaceutical industry, ensuring our ability to innovate is essential for continued R&D to help patients live longer, healthier lives.

02.07.14 | By Kaelan Hollon

Every day there is a war to wage against the world’s most devastating diseases. It is a fight we must win to make the world a safer, healthier place for our patients, and this week we discussed some of the battles currently underway.

02.07.14 | By Kristin Van Goor

As highlighted in an earlier Catalyst post, PhRMA is partnering with Genetic Alliance on an exciting project to enhance patient engagement in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Patient-Focused Drug Development initiative. Genetic Alliance recently launched the first pilot program, partnering with four trusted organizations serving the sickle cell community.

02.06.14 | By Mark Grayson

A new study  examines the economic impact of India’s current approach to intellectual property rights as it affects pharmaceutical products and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).  The study from Sonecon by Robert Shapiro and Aparna Mathur titled “How India Can Attract More Foreign Direct Invest Investment, Create Jobs, and Increase GDP: The Benefits of Respecting the Intellectual Property Rights of Foreig

02.04.14 | By Josie Martin

Today, on World Cancer Day, we celebrate the remarkable progress that’s been made in the fight against a devastating disease that has touched all of us.

01.31.14 | By Mit Spears

 The Washington Legal Foundation recently convened an enlightening expert roundtable discussion about the impact of late 2012's decision in U.S. vs. Caronia. 

01.31.14 | By Preet Bilinski

What does working in a lab have in common with flying an airplane? A great deal according to the next researcher highlighted in our “I am Research, Progress, Hope” series, Dowdy Jackson, head of the Antibody Drug Conjugate (ADC) Biology group at Agensys, an affiliate of Astellas.

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01.30.14 | By Mark Grayson

As of January 1, researchers are now able to submit proposals to receive access to patient level data, protocols, and clinical study reports for new medicines approved in the U.S and EU after January 1, 2014.  The biopharmaceutical sector’s commitment to data sharing provides new avenues for the scientific community and patients to benefit from clinical research, while maintaining patient privacy, the integrity of national regulators, and incentives for companies to make long-term investments in biomedical research.
 

01.30.14 | By Mark Grayson

Dr. Robert Freeman, Professor of Pharmacy Administration (health services research) in the Department of Pharmacy Practice & Administration at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy, comments on the recently released paper from University College London School of Pharmacy on patient’s needs and intellectual property in middle income countries.

01.30.14 | By Jay Taylor

In his State of the Union, President Obama said, "A nation that goes all-in on innovation today will own the global economy tomorrow." We couldn't agree more.

01.29.14 | By Preet Bilinski

Today’s featured scientist comes from Agensys, a subsidiary of Astellas, where she is working on developing a treatment or cure for different types of cancers.

01.28.14

The great inventor and businessman Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – you’re right."

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