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Today, Americans can do almost everything online. With a few clicks, we can manage our bank accounts, order groceries and book vacations. We can even manage components of our health and health care by scheduling doctor appointments online, ordering prescription refills and comparing test results.

08.26.14 | By Robert Zirkelbach

It’s likely many of us have paused to think about what life would have been like in a bygone time and felt thankful for the modern comforts we enjoy, from refrigeration to cell phones. When looking at the progress we’ve made and the comforts we enjoy, medical innovation should be at the top of the list.


This week, we addressed some of the barriers that patients face when it comes to their health and how the biopharmaceutical industry helps individuals get the treatments they need.

School’s back in session. But, while families are scrambling to buy new clothes and classroom supplies, one thing is glaringly missing from too many back-to-school “must have” lists—annual immunizations.  
08.18.14 | By Allyson Funk

A new story from the AP today, “Patient advocates say insurers avoiding the sick,” highlights the growing concern among patients and insurance commissioners about high cost-sharing for medicines in the new health insurance exchanges.

08.18.14 | By Preet Bilinski

The science of informatics drives innovation that is defining future approaches to information and knowledge management in biomedical research, clinical care, and public health.


A new PhRMA survey found that Americans are paying more attention to their health, and, thanks to the countless resources at our fingertips, information is often just a click away. Easy access to vast amounts of information, however, has led to misconceptions about what is and isn’t healthy. Today, for example, just 33 percent of Americans believe it is very easy to get accurate and complete health care information.

08.14.14 | By Preet Bilinski

This week, CNBC Nightly Business Report’s series “Aging in America” addressed the impact the rapidly aging U.S. population has on the health care system. Bill Chin, PhRMA’s Executive Vice President of Science and Regulatory Affairs, discusses the issue.

drug safety
08.14.14 | By Preet Bilinski

Pharmaceutics is that area of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences that deals with drug delivery systems, in particular the design and evaluation of contemporary pharmaceutical dosage forms so that they are safe, effective, and reliable.


“Despite rigorous and extensive testing for safety and efficacy, a single piece of widely circulated false information can have lasting impact on the public’s perception on vaccine safety.” This month is National Immunization Awareness Month, and as children go back to school, this comment by Conversations contributor Roberta DeBiasi of the Child

phrma second annual national health survey

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.