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06.25.14 | By Allyson Funk

Patients, especially those suffering from chronic conditions, deserve access to the medicines they need to live longer, healthier lives. The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges and the Essential Health Benefits they’re meant to provide were supposed to ensure patients have access to the treatments they need. But for many, high out-of-pocket costs create a sometimes insurmountable barrier to access.

06.25.14 | By Robert Zirkelbach

The focus in recent weeks on the cost of a new cure for Hepatitis C has largely ignored the long-term value it provides to patients and the health care system broadly, including helping to prevent expensive hospitalizations and costly medical procedures, such as liver transplants.

06.24.14 | By Allyson Funk

Patients, especially those suffering from chronic conditions, deserve access to the medicines they need to live longer, healthier lives. The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges and the Essential Health Benefits they’re meant to provide were supposed to ensure patients have access to the treatments they need. But for many, high out-of-pocket costs create a sometimes insurmountable barrier to access.

06.23.14 | By John Castellani

It has become increasingly clear in recent weeks that far too many patients simply cannot access innovative medicines that help treat costly chronic diseases. While more Americans now have health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they still face insurmountable barriers to access that hinder our collective efforts to prevent, manage, and cure these conditions.

06.20.14 | By Dr. Kristina M. Lybecker

Innovation is the engine of economic growth and development.  Research and development (R&D) spending is what creates jobs and makes innovation a reality.  As the global economy continues to recover and regain its former strength, the pharmaceutical industry remains the world’s largest source of R&D spending.  According to a recent article in the

06.20.14 | By Kaelan Hollon

“The biopharmaceutical industry’s top priority is to provide patients with access to innovative, life-saving medicines.”

06.19.14 | By Preet Bilinski

For nearly 50 years the PhRMA Foundation has helped thousands of scientists advance their careers and has inspired new generations to enter biopharmaceutical research. The early-career support provided by the PhRMA Foundation has been a catalyst for scientists to become leaders in their organizations and fields. Their programs help build a larger pool of highly-trained researchers to meet the growing needs of academic institutions, the government and the research-intensive pharmaceutical industry. Are you one of them?

Health Insurance Exchanges
06.19.14 | By Allyson Funk

It’s no secret that when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, health insurance exchange coverage varies depending on where you live. From the plans offered, to premiums, to the type of Marketplace, not every state looks alike.

That’s why we created state-by-state fact sheets on health insurance exchange coverage and access to prescription medicines across the country.

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06.18.14 | By Kristin Van Goor

In the guest blog below, Michele Lloyd-Puryear, Special Consultant to Genetic Alliance, discusses key findings from a patient-driven data collection effort intended to complement the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) patient-focused drug development initiative which was part of the most recent reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act.

06.18.14 | By Robert Zirkelbach

Aging is a fact of life but the good news is that life expectancy continues to climb and more and more Americans are living fuller, richer lives thanks in large part to innovative medicines being developed by biopharmaceutical companies. As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age, the demands on our health care system will continue to rise due to the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases affecting seniors.

06.17.14 | By Randy Burkholder

A recent Roundtable in Washington D.C. underscored why, with the growing focus on value-based payment in health care, it’s more important than ever to focus on the patient. We can’t advance patient-centered care if we aren’t measuring and incentivizing what matters to patients. We have begun to see this shift in the premarket arena via patient-focused drug development and in comparative effectiveness research at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

06.17.14 | By Jennifer Wall

Over the last three years, I have had two c-sections – one for the birth of my 3-year old daughter and the other for the birth of my six-month old twins.  Fortunately, I have good health insurance coverage through my employer and didn’t have to pay a lot out of pocket for these necessary procedures. The more than $20,000 price tag for the single procedure was almost fully covered and I was happy that I could focus all of my attention on my newborn babies rather than figure out how I’m going to pay my  bills.

06.14.14 | By Sascha Haverfield

The development of innovative, safe, and effective medicines for serious or life-threatening diseases represents an urgent and unique challenge that requires special attention.

06.13.14 | By Kaelan Hollon

For our nation’s most vulnerable patients, access to necessary medicines to treat and even cure the diseases they are battling every day is critical. Improved patient health relies on the innovative treatments, and this week we focused on the importance of ensuring those medicines make it into the hands of patients in need.

06.12.14 | By John Castellani

Keeping the spirit of innovation alive in the oncology field is paramount to future scientific advances and finding cures. An essential element of innovation is collaboration. Relevant stakeholders coming together and pooling collective knowledge together can ignite the fire that becomes the next big thing to improve the lives of cancer patients.

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