Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Explores Need for More Robust Communication about Real World Uses of Medicines

07.25.14 | By

As part of the 21st Century Cures initiative, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health discussed barriers to evidence development and communication for medicines and devices.

Breakthrough Genetic Findings and Historic Donation Spur Mental Health Research

07.25.14 | By

Mental health conditions affect 1 in 4 Americans and take a heavy economic toll on the United States. Efforts to find effective treatments for conditions such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and substance abuse disorders continue despite difficult hurdles and setbacks.

Funding to Help the Bridge Science

07.22.14 | By

Pharmacology is often described as a bridge science because it incorporates knowledge and skills from a number of basic science disciplines including physiology, biochemistry and cell and molecular biology. Pharmacologists are able to 'translate' such knowledge into the rational development of therapeutics. As a result of their multidisciplinary training, pharmacologists are able to offer a unique perspective in solving drug-, hormone- and chemical-related problems.

New Cancer Medicines Driving Value for Patients

07.22.14 | By

If conventional wisdom says that spending on new cancer medicines is at “unsustainable” levels, and a demonstration project designed to address this leads to increased spending on new cancer medicines and reduced total medical costs, then what happens to conventional wisdom? That’s one question you might be left with after reading the surprising results of the much-anticipated study by Lee Newcomer, MD from United Healthcare and two cancer centers. The study was designed to cut cancer treatment costs, and to do so by reducing use of new cancer medicines.

Week in Review: The Fight for Innovation and Access

07.18.14 | By

Our president and CEO John Castellani asked, “What would happen if the pace of medical innovation in the U.S. slowed or halted altogether?” It’s a scary thought when you consider that without research and development (R&D), the treatments patients have come to depend on and hope to see in the future would not and will not exist. As a result, this week we highlighted a few extraordinary advancements and discussed what it means when patients do not have access to necessary treatments.

Burden on Patients: Looking Ahead

07.17.14 | By

Without access to essential health care treatments and services, having health insurance coverage is pointless. Being covered should equate to high-quality, affordable health care, but this is not the case for many individuals in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance exchanges.

What They Are Saying about New Hep C Cure: “That's actually a great deal”

07.17.14 | By

Vox’s Sarah Kliff talked to some health economists about the new cure for hepatitis C that has gotten so much attention in recent weeks.  What she heard may surprise you.  Check out her article here: Each of these Hepatitis C pills cost $1,000. That's actually a great deal.

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A Visual Journey: How HIV/AIDS Became a Treatable Disease

07.17.14 | By

When doctors first began reporting HIV/AIDS cases in the early 1980s there were few effective options that could help combat or manage the deadly disease. As a result, the condition was quickly dubbed a near-certain death sentence.

Forbes Contributor Prescribes Important Changes to Improve Information Sharing in Our Healthcare System

07.16.14 | By

Continuing an important conversation about how to make the best use of the wealth of information regarding today’s healthcare treatment options, last week Nicole Fisher wrote in Forbes about the growing need for a new regulatory paradigm to govern how the biopharmaceutical industry communicates with healthcare professionals about medicines.

340B: Keeping a Promise to Patients

07.16.14 | By

The 340B program was created to help vulnerable and uninsured patients access needed medicines. However, the program continues to grow exponentially without appropriate guardrails, putting it at risk. Appropriate oversight and reform is needed to ensure the 340B program can fulfill its promise to patients.

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