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10.10.13 | By John Castellani

In the last 20 years, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) has resulted in timelier patient access to more than 1,500 new drugs and biologics, decreasing review times for these treatments by more than 60 percent.

10.09.13 | By Kaelan Hollon

We’re excited to host a guest blog post by Steve Pasierb, the passionate CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org. We’ve been longtime partners with The Partnership, and Steve’s blog will be the first of regular updates about what’s new in The Partnership at Drugfree.org’s world.

10.08.13 | By Stephanie Fischer

The world’s biopharmaceutical research companies continually strive to develop new medicines that prevent diseases, improve patient health, and help save lives.  There are currently more than 5,000 medicines in development globally.

10.04.13 | By Kaelan Hollon

The significant disease progress we've made reminds us to not only recognize and appreciate what we've already accomplished on behalf of patients, but also to look into the future and determine what more can be done.

10.02.13 | By Dr. Bill Chin

The best and the brightest spanning the innovation ecosystem have been trying for years to unlock the mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease with the common goals of delaying, treating or outright preventing progression of the disease. Further, there are a number of public and private initiatives underway and no shortage of related conferences and meetings.

09.30.13

In 1992, under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began collecting fees from biopharmaceutical companies to provide much needed resources to keep new medicines moving through the approval process and into the hands of patients. 

09.30.13 | By John Castellani

In 2003, through the Medicare Modernization Act, Congress established the Medicare prescription drug benefit - better known as Part D. Ten years later, at a cost significantly below initial estimates, the program is successfully providing affordable access to prescription drugs for more than 30 million seniors and people with disabilities.

09.27.13 | By Kaelan Hollon

From programs that provide access to medicines, to the development of innovative new treatments, the recent progress we’ve made is staggering.

09.27.13 | By Scott LaGanga

Millions of patients around the world depend on innovative medicines to help them live long, healthy lives. Every time I travel to a different country, I am reminded of this fact. Just last week in Tokyo, PhRMA EVP for Advocacy Chip Davis specifically addressed how the innovative new medicines our member companies develop have enhanced the country’s health care system.

09.25.13

In 2003, the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush. This landmark legislation created the Medicare prescription drug benefit (Part D) – a federal program that provides affordable drug coverage to millions of seniors and people with disabilities.

09.25.13 | By Stephanie Fischer

Without patients who volunteer to participate in clinical trials, new medicines (including the 444 medicines in development to prevent and treat neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s) cannot be approved.  The Michael J.

09.23.13 | By John Castellani

With more than 5,000 medicines in development globally, the prospects for incredible breakthroughs in medicine – many of which may one day help those suffering from diseases that are currently untreatable – are exceedingly bright.

09.23.13 | By Jennifer Wall

As the nation recognizes World Alzheimer’s Day this Saturday, the federal government announced that it is awarding a $33.2 million grant to test an Alzheimer’s medicine in pre-symptomatic seniors (60 to 75 year olds) with two copies of the AD gene.  According to a 

09.20.13 | By Kaelan Hollon

As Senior VP of Communications Matt Bennett noted on the Catalyst this week, years of hard work go into developing and testing new medicines, and this perseverance has resulted in great progress in clinical trial research.

09.20.13 | By Stephanie Fischer

In this austere fiscal environment, I must admit to being a little surprised by the news that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is spending $182,000 on a tool to monitorwhat people are saying about the Agency on social media. 

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