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.

Here are a few highlights:

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.

The Voices of Schizophrenia and the Potential in the Pipeline

07.15.14 | By

Around 2.4 million American adults have schizophrenia each year and onset can be caused by a combination of genetic predisposition and external stressors. Learn more about the 119 medicines in development for mental health.

Overcoming Obstacles to Future Innovation

07.15.14 | By

What would happen if the pace of medical innovation in the U.S. slowed or halted altogether? Imagine the treatments and cures that will never come, for Alzheimer’s, for Parkinson’s, for cancers of all kinds.  Imagine also the economic impact: on productivity, on medical costs for people who have conditions without good treatments, on a biopharmaceutical industry that accounts for nearly one out of every five dollars spent on R&D by U.S. businesses and that supports $790 billion in total annual economic activity.

Limiting Access to Necessary Medicines Threatens Hope for Oncology Patients

07.15.14 | By

Patients, especially those suffering from chronic conditions, deserve access to the medicines they need to live longer, healthier lives. The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges and the Essential Health Benefits they’re meant to provide were supposed to ensure patients have access to the treatments they need. But for many, high out-of-pocket costs create a sometimes insurmountable barrier to access.

TTIP Negotiations Toward Better Health Outcomes

07.15.14 | By

This week, the European Commission hosts the sixth negotiating round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in Brussels.  As the Commission notes on its website, the discussions will focus on major issue areas including “trade in goods and services, regulatory issues, government procurement, environmental protection and labor rights, energy and raw materials, and opportunities for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).”  This round, as in the past, will also include a dedicated day for stakehol


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