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09.29.14 | By Allyson Funk

A growing body of evidence shows increased utilization of medicines reduces spending on other medical services. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) changed their methodology to account for the cost savings that can be achieved when beneficiaries adhere to their medicines. The CBO now estimates, “a one percent increase in the number of prescriptions filled by beneficiaries would cause Medicare’s spending on medical services to fall by roughly one-fifth of one percent.”

09.29.14 | By Jay Taylor

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election just a few short months ago was greeted with renewed hope by India and people of Indian descent and heritage throughout the world. And judging by the expected crowds who will be welcoming him to the United States this weekend, the honeymoon period continues. On Sunday, Mr.

09.29.14 | By Robert Zirkelbach

It’s not every day that a new treatment becomes available that is able to cure 90 percent of the patients. Yet that is exactly what has happened with new and forthcoming medicines to treat hepatitis C.


Helping patients understand and access high quality health care options is a central tenet of our industry. Today, more than ever, it’s essential that every member of the health care ecosystem move forward with this guiding objective in mind.

09.26.14 | By Robert Zirkelbach

As PhRMA’s Kaelan Hollon noted, “This year’s PhRMA national survey is a reminder to everyone

09.22.14 | By Allyson Funk

Have you ever been confused by insurance jargon? What’s a deductible? A copay? When and how do they apply? You’re not alone. According to a national survey by the Department of Education about health literacy, just more than 1 in 10 American adults understand how to navigate medical care and health insurance.


According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 1 in 4 American adults have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, yet many know very little about the disease.


There has been a marked increase in media attention on the health care landscape over the past year. Some of these stories got it right, while others were often confusing or misleading.


This blog post was originally published by the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) on September 16, 2014. Click here to view the original post.

09.18.14 | By Brooke Ringel

Usually, when U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker holds a meeting with her Canadian counterpart, she meets with Minister of International Trade Edward Fast due to their overlapping issue areas.

09.18.14 | By Robert Zirkelbach

Every year, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) releases projections for national health care spending, including projections on spending for specific health care services, such as hospitalizations, physician services, health insurance premiums and administrative costs, and prescription drugs. The most recent National Health Expenditure (NHE) data, released a couple weeks ago, projects health care spending for 2013 through 2023.


While the majority (66 percent) of Americans continue to be optimistic about their health, minority communities have unique and distinct health concerns and barriers to reaching their ideal health, according to PhRMA’s Second Annual National Health Survey.

09.12.14 | By Mark Grayson

Clinical trials are the primary means of testing the safety and efficacy of new medicines. The data generated from rigorous, highly controlled trials form the basis of regulatory decisions about whether to approve the treatment for use by patients.


It was like delivering a death sentence. When HIV/AIDS cases started appearing 30 years ago, and effective ways to combat or manage the deadly disease didn't exist, dealing with a positive HIV test with a patient was a harrowing experience for physician and patient alike.

Those afflicted soon felt isolated by an epidemic fraught with myths and misunderstood by a fearful society. But fast forward 33 years.