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Washington, D.C. (June 22, 2015) — Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) executive vice president, policy and research, Lori Reilly provided the following statement on the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) conceptual framework for assessing the value of new cancer treatment options based on clinical benefit, side effects, and cost:

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Werner Baumann, Chairman of the Board of Management, Bayer HealthCare AG

Giovanni Caforio, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Peter Greenleaf, Chief Executive Officer, Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Ramona Sequeira, President, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

Timothy P. Walbert, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Pharma plc

WASHINGTON (June 16, 2015) –– The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) today announced the election of five of its newest members to its Board of Directors.

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Washington, D.C. (June 11, 2015) Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Senior Vice President Robert Zirkelbach issued the following statement:

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) announced its opposition to H.R. 9, the Innovation Act, which was marked up and reported by the House Judiciary Committee earlier today. 

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A supportive policy environment is what makes the difference to investors, say local executives of multinational companies

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 11, 2015) – In a new study from Pugatch Consilium consultancy, the U.S. and European economies continue to top the global charts in terms of attractiveness for biopharmaceutical investment. Notwithstanding low costs and considerable potential, emerging markets still come in at the bottom. Canada is also found to be surprisingly low on the list compared to developed economies, mainly due to challenging intellectual property policies.

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Washington, D.C. (May 21, 2015) — Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) president and chief executive officer John J. Castellani issued the following statement on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s passage of 21st Century Cures legislation:

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WASHINGTON (May 15, 2015) – PhRMA President and Chief Executive Officer John J. Castellani announced today that Executive Vice President, Administration, and Chief Financial Officer Del Persinger will retire effective May 31, concluding 18-1/2 years leading the organization’s finance and operations functions. Paul A. Aines, currently Chief Financial Officer and Senior Director of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), will succeed Persinger. Aines will start at PhRMA on June 15.

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Data Released Today is Misleading

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 30, 2015) – Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) president and CEO John J. Castellani released the following statement on today’s Medicare Part D data release:

“PhRMA supports efforts to increase transparency in health care costs, which can help support improved health care quality and efficiency. However, the Medicare Part D cost data released today are misleading and an inaccurate representation of actual Medicare Part D spending.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 30, 2015) – Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Vice President Jay Taylor issued the following statement today:

America’s innovative biopharmaceutical manufacturers and the more than 810,000 women and men they employ depend on strong intellectual property protection and enforcement to bring new medicines to patients who need them. Today, more than 7,000 medicines are in development across the country and around the world.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 29, 2015) – Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Senior Vice President Robert Zirkelbach issued the following statement:

“The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) appreciates the efforts of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in introducing legislation today to address abusive patent litigation. While the Senate legislation is an improvement over the House version, there continue to be issues of concern that intellectual property holders have raised, and we look forward to working with Senators to address those concerns.

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Washington, D.C. (April 29, 2015) — Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) president and chief executive officer John J. Castellani issued the following statement on the newly released 21st Century Cures draft:

“PhRMA applauds the work of Chairman Upton, Congresswoman DeGette, Ranking Member Pallone and members of the Committee for their tireless work to issue the latest Cures draft after a year of working with stakeholders, patient groups and others to accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of new medicines for patients. We strongly supported the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s bipartisan effort to develop this draft and were pleased to provide feedback during the process.

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PhRMA member companies invested an estimated $51.2 billion last year in the research and development (R&D) of new innovative treatments and cures. The figure represents the majority of all biopharmaceutical R&D spending – both public and private – in the United States.

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Award Honors Extraordinary Efforts in Policy Advocacy and Community Service 

Washington, D.C. (April 17, 2015) — Today, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) honored 13 employees from 12 biopharmaceutical companies as “We Work For Health Champions” for their extraordinary efforts in policy advocacy and community service.

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Biogen CEO George A. Scangos and Johnson & Johnson Worldwide Chairman for Pharmaceuticals Joaquin Duato Assume New Posts ; Castellani Announces Retirement

Washington, D.C. (April 16, 2015) — Today, Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Merck & Co., Inc., was elected chairman of the Board of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). At today’s Board meeting, PhRMA’s president and CEO John J. Castellani announced that he will be retiring effective January 1, 2016. 

New Officers Elected to PhRMA Board

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Washington, D.C. (April 15, 2015) — The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation has awarded four research grants as part of its Young Investigator Adherence Grant Program.

Established in 2012, the Young Investigator Adherence Grant Program was created by the PhRMA Foundation to support research conducted by predoctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty to advance knowledge of innovative and effective approaches to improve medication adherence.

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Washington, D.C. (April 7, 2015) —The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), a program sponsored by America’s biopharmaceutical research companies to connect uninsured or underinsured Americans to programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week. Since the program’s launch in April 2005, PPA has connected nearly 9.5 million Americans to public and private assistance programs.

Despite more Americans having insurance, barriers to accessing needed medicines still exist, underscoring the importance of PPA’s platform to educate and empower patients and caregivers to obtain information about their prescription assistance options.

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