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07.29.14 | By Jennifer Wall

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. 

07.25.14 | By Kaelan Hollon

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.

07.25.14 | By Jennifer Wall

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.

07.24.14 | By Jennifer Wall

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.

07.22.14 | By Jenni Brewer

A ProPublica story from yesterday, “Error: You Have No Payments from Pharma,” details the difficulties physicians face while trying to register with the CMS Open Payments system. And while it only focused on a narrow group of physicians, ProPublica’s findings reflect a much larger problem. It isn’t just a select group of physicians who are having difficulties registering with the CMS Open Payment’s system; many physicians are facing similar issues.

07.22.14 | By Randy Burkholder

If conventional wisdom says that spending on new cancer medicines is at “unsustainable” levels, and a demonstration project designed to address this leads to increased spending on new cancer medicines and reduced total medical costs, then what happens to conventional wisdom? That’s one question you might be left with after reading the surprising results of the much-anticipated study by Lee Newcomer, MD from United Healthcare and two cancer centers.

07.22.14 | By Stephanie Fischer

In May, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee launched the 21st Century Cures initiative to speed the discovery, development, and delivery of new treatments and cures for patients.  The Committee is conducting a series of hearings and has released white papers on a range of topics to solicit input from patients, researchers, and leaders in government and industry.

07.21.14 | By Jennifer Wall

A national dialogue is needed around the value of new medicines and cures and the role they play in improving patient health and helping to manage long-term spending in the U.S.

07.18.14 | By Kaelan Hollon

Our president and CEO John Castellani asked, “What would happen if the pace of medical innovation in the U.S. slowed or halted altogether?” It’s a scary thought when you consider that without research and development (R&D), the treatments patients have come to depend on and hope to see in the future would not and will not exist.

07.17.14 | By Allyson Funk

Without access to essential health care treatments and services, having health insurance coverage is pointless. Being covered should equate to high-quality, affordable health care, but this is not the case for many individuals in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance exchanges.

07.17.14 | By Robert Zirkelbach

Vox’s Sarah Kliff talked to some health economists about the new cure for hepatitis C that has gotten so much attention in recent weeks.  What she heard may surprise you.  Check out her article here: Each of these Hepatitis C pills cost $1,000. That's actually a great deal.

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07.17.14 | By Jennifer Wall

When doctors first began reporting HIV/AIDS cases in the early 1980s there were few effective options that could help combat or manage the deadly disease. As a result, the condition was quickly dubbed a near-certain death sentence.

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