Merck Scientist Pioneered the Invention of More Than 40 Vaccines, Saving Millions of Lives

05.07.13 | By

In the (now famous) picture, a mumps-ridden Jeryl Hilleman screams at the camera while older sister Kristen cautiously holds the baby still enough to endure the prick of a needle held by their father, Merck vaccinologist Dr. Maurice Hilleman.  In the picture, Hilleman has the scowl of an anxious father heavy on his brow, and with good reason:  the cultures taken from baby Jeryl that March night in 1966 were later used by her father to develop the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (M.M.R.) vaccine, presently given to more than 95 percent of American children and saving millions of lives.

Ongoing Research in Leukemia & Lymphoma

05.07.13 | By

Blood cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma, can affect anyone, including children. Each year, nearly 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with a blood cancer—accounting for about 9 percent of all new cancer diagnoses according to the American Cancer Society.

Translational Medicine

05.07.13 | By

A recent article in the Telegram discussed translation medicine, a discipline that tries to reduce the gaps between discoveries made in the research laboratory and their application in clinical practice.

The PFCD’s Mission – Improved Health, Lower Health Care Costs

05.06.13 | By

In a blog a couple of weeks ago, I summarized the many anti-chronic disease efforts PhRMA supports and explained why we’ve made those commitments.  High on the list of programs we back is the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) and a recent statement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains why: 

Part D Helps Control Medicare Spending

05.06.13 | By

Last week the CMS Office of the Actuary, following legislatively proscribed duties, stated that actual and projected Medicare expenditures for 2011 through 2015 are low enough that they will not trigger the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) to recommend binding cuts to the Medicare program.

Medical Innovation Benefits Patient Health, Economic Growth

Remarks of Robert J. Hugin 
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Wednesday, May 5, 2013 

Thank you all for joining me today.  I am Bob Hugin, Chairman of PhRMA and Chairman/ CEO of Celgene Corporation – a leading medical innovator whose objective to is to help patients with cancer and immune-related and inflammatory conditions live longer and better quality lives.

The Atlantic Live Event: How CBO Scoring Can Help Everyone’s Health

05.03.13 | By

Changes to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scoring methodology always inspire a ripe discussion of policy.

New USTR Set to Play Critical Role in Growing U.S. Economy

05.02.13 | By

PhRMA would like to congratulate Michael Froman, who today was nominated by President Obama to be the new United States Trade Representative. This position is critically-important as our nation strives to improve its standing in the global marketplace and create new, high-paying jobs that will propel our economy in the 21st Century. His extensive experience working on important economic issues will certainly benefit our nation as we look toward a trade policy that will build a foundation for future prosperity.

Solving the Medication Adherence Challenge: Prescriptions for a Healthy America

05.02.13 | By

Not taking our medicines as prescribed is a serious problem and finding remedies to help patients stick with their treatments as directed would go a long way to better health, not to mention helping control healthcare costs.

Strong R&D Commitment to Mental Illness

05.02.13 | By

It was suggested yesterday that drug companies aren’t putting enough resources into developing medicines for mental illness.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.   The reality is that as an industry, we are deeply vested in finding new treatments for patients suffering from debilitating neurological and mental health illnesses. 


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