Genetic Alliance & PhRMA Announce Initiative for Patient-Focused Drug Development

Washington, D.C. (November 4, 2013) — Today, Genetic Alliance and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) announced an initiative to explore the use of a technology-enabled, crowd-sourcing approach to patient engagement as a complement to ongoing patient-focused drug development efforts under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V).

Insights and Innovation From the Personalized Medicine Community

11.04.13 | By

Personalized Medicine was an emerging field of medicine in 2005 when we first held what was to become an annual event, our personalized medicine conference. The importance of personalized medicine was given a boost by the then U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Michael Leavitt, who said in January 2005, “I believe we are moving into a remarkable and powerful new era in medicine and particularly in prescription drugs.

Expanding Knowledge to Enhance Patient Wellness

11.02.13 | By

The old adage that 'you learn something new every day' doesn’t apply to the biopharmaceutical industry; for those researching and developing new medicine, it would be more accurate to say you learn something new every few minutes. Our member companies continue to push the limits of research, and that process keeps our work consistently exciting.

Use of SI Units in Regulatory Submission

Washington, D.C. (October 31, 2013) — Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Sascha Haverfield, PhD, issued the following statement on the recent announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the use of Systeme International (SI) units in regulatory submissions:

From moving trucks to hitting “send”, biopharmaceutical companies need a stable and reliable system to submit New Drug Applications

11.01.13 | By

Less than 15 years ago, submitting an application to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the approval of a new medicine generally involved loading docks, moving trucks, and enough paper to obliterate a small tree farm.  Today, those data once supplied on hundreds of thousands of paper pages are now a structured collection of electronic files submitted to the FDA through a secure portal. 

Fostering Opportunities in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

10.31.13 | By

Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee held its first hearing on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a comprehensive free trade agreement that the U.S. and European Union have begun negotiating. America’s research-based biopharmaceutical companies believe that the TTIP negotiations provide an important opportunity to spur a new era of biomedical innovation in countries that are already global leaders on this front.

Regulations Governing Communication with Healthcare Providers Have Not Kept Pace with Advances in Technology

10.29.13 | By

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak at a conference of regulatory and compliance professionals – those who are dedicated to ensuring that regulation works.

Ensuring the security of our Nation's pharmaceutical supply chain

10.29.13 | By

Millions of prescriptions are filled every year in the United States and the patients who depend on these medications must have confidence in their safety and authenticity. From manufacturing to delivery, the pharmaceutical industry complies with regulations set by the U.S.

Developing Cures for Cancer

10.29.13 | By

A survey commissioned earlier this year by PhRMA shows 86 percent of Americans believe developing cures for more forms of cancer should be one of the top national health priorities.

Omaha -- Home of Steak, Warren Buffett And Cutting-Edge Biopharmaceutical Research

10.28.13 | By

Until this morning, on the rare occasions when I thought of Omaha, Nebraska, I would conjure up images of Warren Buffett, thick juicy steaks, a clean quiet Midwestern city and friendly, laid-back folks, not necessarily in that order.

I learned today that I was not inaccurate, all of the above is true,  but my picture was far from complete.


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