Week in Review: The Obstacles to Patient Care Under HIX

06.13.14 | By

For our nation’s most vulnerable patients, access to necessary medicines to treat and even cure the diseases they are battling every day is critical. Improved patient health relies on the innovative treatments, and this week we focused on the importance of ensuring those medicines make it into the hands of patients in need.

Working Together for the Greater Good: The Current State of the Collaborative Research Ecosystem in Oncology

06.12.14 | By

Keeping the spirit of innovation alive in the oncology field is paramount to future scientific advances and finding cures. An essential element of innovation is collaboration. Relevant stakeholders coming together and pooling collective knowledge together can ignite the fire that becomes the next big thing to improve the lives of cancer patients.

High Cost of Medicines in Health Insurance Exchange Plans Is Harming Patients

06.12.14 | By

PhRMA President and CEO John J. Castellani recently joined several patient organizations to raise concerns about patients’ access to medicines in the new health insurance exchanges. They discussed findings from a new report by Avalere, commissioned by PhRMA, which shows that many patients, particularly those with chronic disease, are facing exorbitant out-of-pocket costs to access the prescription medicines they need to manage their conditions.

Patients’ Lack of Access to Medicines in Exchanges in Three Charts

06.12.14 | By

All patients should have access to the medicines they need to manage their diseases, enabling them to live fuller, healthier, more productive lives. Unfortunately, recently-released data paints a very troubling picture of patients’ access to medicines in the new health insurance exchanges.  Too often patients are being forced to pay exorbitant out-of-pocket costs for live-saving medicines that not only improve patients’ health and quality of life, but help prevent unnecessary hospitalizations, ER visits, and costly medical procedures.

Some Health Insurance Exchange Plans Put All Treatments for Certain Diseases on Top Cost-Sharing Tier

06.11.14 | By

This morning at the National Press Club, PhRMA CEO John J. Castellani joined patient groups to release new research from Avalere Health.

Big Data, Innovation and the Individual Experience Come Together to Put Patients First

06.11.14 | By

For millions of cancer patients and many others suffering from a chronic disease, access to new innovative treatments is critical. As an industry, we strongly believe that all patients should have access to the medicines they need to live long and healthy lives. Equally important, as discussions around health care costs continue, we must ensure that patients remain at the center of everything we do.

New Report: Many Exchange Plans Burden the Most Vulnerable Patients with High Out-of-Pocket Costs for Vital Medicines; Patients left with limited access

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 11, 2014) — A new report demonstrates that the majority of plans in the Health Insurance Exchanges are placing a significant out-of-pocket burden on patients with serious illnesses by requiring particularly high cost-sharing for all medicines used to treat certain conditions. This analysis by Avalere Health finds that the vast majority of plans in the Health Insurance Exchanges require relatively high cost sharing for all medicines in at least one class.

A Look at What Is Coming Through the Pipeline for Cancer Research: A Q&A with Astellas’ Josh Schafer

06.09.14 | By

With the recent conclusion of ASCO, we sat down with Josh Schafer, Astellas’ Vice President of Oncology Marketing Strategy, to get his perspective on the current state of affairs surrounding cancer research.

Canada’s IP Policies Need New Look

06.06.14 | By

The current intellectual property (IP) environment in Canada has caused increased friction with its closest allies, particularly in the area of IP rights protections for biopharmaceutical products. By revoking 19 patents since 2005 through questionable decisions, Canadian courts have set a disturbing precedent that risks future investments in cutting-edge R&D projects in innovative industries, and the high-paying jobs that accompany them.

Celebrating Survivors: A Pioneer in Leukemia Treatment and Hope For A Cure

06.04.14 | By

On June 1, patients around the world participated in a very special celebration, National Cancer Survivors Day. This is a day everyone in remission hopes for, and one those currently in treatment are working so hard to achieve.

In the United States alone, it is estimated there are 14 million people who have faced the challenges of a cancer diagnosis and are winning

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