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02.20.14 | By Jeff Francer

A new book, the Cure in the Code: How 20th Century Law is Undermining 21st Century Medicine, provides a fascinating overview of advances in biomedical science with the potential to revolutionize how diseases are treated by providing patients with more targeted therapies.

02.17.14 | By Mark Grayson

At the International Trade Commission (ITC) hearing on the investigation into India's trade policies, Rod Hunter, PhRMA’s Senior Vice President for International Affairs, highlighted the industry's concerns and hopes surrounding India’s policies.

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02.17.14 | By Stephanie Fischer

Many biopharmaceutical companies are actively engaged in the research and development of therapies to treat rare disease, despite challenges such as much smaller patient populations than more common diseases. Companies seek opportunities to partner with patient advocacy organizations, academia and the government in order to make even greater progress against rare disease, which collectively affect 1 in 10 Americans.

02.14.14 | By Randy Burkholder

There's been a lot of discussion lately about the need to control rising health care costs, and the role of new medicines and medical technology. Nowhere has this discussion been sharper than in the area of oncology. At PhRMA, we’ve been joining in many of these discussions, working with other stakeholders to identify solutions to sustain continued progress and support efficient delivery of optimal patient care.

02.14.14 | By Kaelan Hollon

Within the medical community there is so much truth to the saying, “knowledge is power.” Whether it’s sharing information about a new medicine in development that could save a patient’s life, or sharing resources and ideas to change a patient’s life, it is essential that patients, doctors, and other members of the health care ecosystem stay well informed and disseminate their knowledge.

02.14.14 | By Kaelan Hollon

It’s no coincidence that February is American Heart Month and host to Valentine’s Day, and as a result, there is no better time to focus on your heart.

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 Josephine 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. 

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