Five points showing a brighter outlook for cancer patients

12.13.13 | By

It’s hard to see the silver lining when it comes to cancer, as many view the disease as a devastating prognosis. And while cancer can take a serious toll on patients and their loved ones, they should know that tremendous strides are being made in the research and development of new cancer medicines that are allowing patients to lead longer, healthier lives. Here are just a few reasons why cancer patients today should feel more hopeful:

Panel Discussion and New Report Highlight Benefit of Vermont Clinical Trials for Patients, State Economy

BURLINGTON, VT. (December 12, 2013) – Working with Vermont research institutions, including the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, the nation's biopharmaceutical research companies have conducted 566 clinical trials of new medicines since 1999, according to a new report released today and highlighted at a panel discussion in Burlington. According to the latest data from 2011, clinical trials and other biopharmaceutical research conducted in the state generated $267 million in economic activity.

Fighting AIDS and other Infectious Diseases

12.12.13 | By

Recently the 26th Anniversary of World AIDS Day was celebrated, along with the remarkable progress that has been made against this disease.

Vermont Clinical Trials

12.12.13 | By

Between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Burlington area houses one of the economic cores of the region.  Yesterday’s "Research in Your Backyard," event brought together researchers, doctors and patients, and focused on the biopharmaceutical industry’s contributions to the state’s prosperity through medical advances and breakthroughs in research. 

One Size Doesn't Fit All

12.11.13 | By

Over the weekend, the Washington Post ran a story about the price of prescription medicines offered through the Medicare Part B program, a benefit that provides coverage for outpatient administered medicines.

Conversations on Neglected Tropical Diseases

12.10.13 | By

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect more than 1 billion people around the world and are prevalent in more than 149 countries.

The Value of Patient Education

12.06.13 | By

It’s a basic tenant of our industry: the well-being of patients is one of the most important pillars of the biopharmaceutical industry. Whether in the creation of new medications or updating information about current medicine, our industry strives to educate patients safely and transparently on the status of treatments that could change their lives.

Medicare Part D Accomplishments

12.06.13 | By

Birthdays provide a great opportunity to look back and reflect on accomplishments made along the way. On December 8, 2003, the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act, which created Medicare Part D, was signed into law. Since its enactment 10 years ago, the program has racked up an impressive track record. Here are just a few of its accomplishments:

PhRMA Commends House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. (December 5, 2013) — Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Senior Vice President Matt Bennett issued the following statement on H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives today: 

“PhRMA commends the House of Representatives for its work to curb abusive patent litigation.

Transformative Technology to Treat Hepatitis C

12.05.13 | By

If you follow PhRMA and especially the Catalyst, you’ll notice we spend a lot of time focusing on how innovative medicines can be a great, transformative technology. A great example includes this morning’s NPR Morning Edition, reporting on new medicines to treat Hepatitis C, soon to be approved by the FDA. 

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