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Week in Review: The latest from PhRMA

Posted by Priscilla VanderVeer on February 12, 2016 at 2:07 PM

Today’s “Week in Review” covers the last two weeks of activity here at PhRMA. As you’ll see, we’ve been busy!

We’re Fighting Back: Our new From Hope to Cures ad campaign launched on Monday. In it, we’re highlighting patients like Rhys and Jamie, and Jen, a biopharmaceutical scientist, and focusing on the promise of innovation and new medicines in bringing hope to patients and society. Check out our ad featuring Rhys, a five-year-old who has hope in the face of his diabetes diagnosis thanks to the research and innovation being dedicated in pursuit of a cure.

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The biopharmaceutical industry’s commitment to quality

Posted by Camille Jackson on February 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM

America’s innovative biopharmaceutical companies are leaders in innovation and quality—not just in research and development, but also in manufacturing technology.

PhRMA’s member companies implement extensive continuous improvement initiatives for their manufacturing facilities and invest billions of dollars in sophisticated manufacturing processes and robust quality systems necessary to bring consistent, high-quality innovative medicines to patients.

Our members have a strong commitment to maintaining high product quality and ensuring the safety of patients that’s demonstrated not only by complying with, but also seeking to exceed regulatory requirements in order to excel in manufacturing quality.

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Topics: FDA, biologics, biosimilars

Canada’s innovation opportunity

Posted by Jay Taylor on February 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Next month’s visit of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Washington is a chance to strengthen a vital trade and investment partnership and to resolve problems left over by Canada’s previous government. Addressing a series of misguided Canadian court decisions that are harming patients and threatening jobs, growth and innovation on both sides of the border must be high on the agenda.

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Topics: Innovation, Patents, IP, Canada

Celebrating brighter futures and healthier hearts during American Heart Month

Posted by Hannah Mooney on February 10, 2016 at 12:00 PM

This weekend on Valentine’s Day, we take time to celebrate our friends, family and significant others with acts of love and attention. But we also have the opportunity during American Heart Month to celebrate the tremendous progress made in the fight against heart disease and the advances being made today.

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Topics: Medicines in Development, new medicines, heart health, Cholesterol

PhRMA Statement on President’s FY2017 Budget

Posted by Stephen J. Ubl on February 9, 2016 at 6:07 PM

The biopharmaceutical industry is committed to advancing solutions for a competitive, value-based health care system that makes better use of today’s medicines and fosters the development of tomorrow’s cures. The President’s budget goes in the opposite direction by including harmful and misguided proposals that would hurt patients and stifle innovation.

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Topics: HHS, POTUS

340B Spotlight: 340B hospitals account for majority of Part B reimbursements

Posted by Allyson Funk on February 9, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Once again, new research is pointing to the critical need to reform the 340B program. The latest data, from Berkeley Research Group (BRG), uncovered startling differences in Medicare Part B hospital outpatient reimbursements in 340B hospitals verses non-340B hospitals. Released by the Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B (PhRMA is a coalition member), the research found that 340B hospitals account for 61 percent of Part B drug reimbursements to hospitals but slightly less than half of total Medicare hospital outpatient revenue, and 340B hospitals are driving most of the overall growth in Part B reimbursement. Thoughtful reform is needed to address the distortions being created by the 340B program.

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Topics: 340B, 340B Spotlight, Part B

Medicare Monday: What they are saying about negotiation in Medicare Part D

Posted by Nicole Longo on February 8, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Last week, we highlighted how changing the structure of the Medicare Part D program would cause more harm than good by restricting beneficiary access to needed medicines.

Here’s a look at what is being said about harmful proposals to change the structure of the Part D program:

  • “[I]f you talk to experts who study the pharmaceutical market in the United States, they aren’t optimistic that, by itself, letting the government play drug negotiator would take a big bite out of prescription drug spending,” the New York Times – The Upshot reported last week.
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Topics: Part D, Medicare, Medicare Monday

Patients and researchers say “we’re fighting back” in new “From Hope to Cures” ads

Posted by Ieva M. Augstums on February 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at a young age, five-year-old Rhys has not let his diagnosis be his destiny. He enjoys life to the fullest, from playing sports to having treats at a friend’s birthday party.

Fifteen years ago, Jamie was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer and thought she would not live to see her son grow up. Today, she’s happy, strong and planning a long-delayed trip to Paris with her husband.

Solving the world’s toughest health problems takes decades of research, but it also takes hope and courage from researchers. Jen, a biopharmaceutical scientist specializing in oncology, wakes up every day working to find new treatments and cures for patients.

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Topics: Value, diabetes, cancer, From Hope to Cures

Canada’s chance to reform its approach to innovation

Posted by Jay Taylor on February 5, 2016 at 5:26 PM

Intellectual property drives and sustains research, development and delivery of valuable new treatments and cures for patients who need them around the world. America’s world-leading research-based biopharmaceutical industry supports 3.4 million good-paying jobs in all 50 states. With this in mind, PhRMA takes the annual opportunity to submit our comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Special 301 Report– a regular review of trade barriers that exist with U.S. trading partners.

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Topics: Patents, IP, Canada, 301 Report

World Cancer Day: Reflecting on progress and hope for the future in cancer treatment

Posted by Nicole Longo on February 4, 2016 at 8:30 AM

More than 1.7 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year. Although that number is daunting, World Cancer Day reminds us that tremendous progress in the prevention and treatment of cancer has been made over the years, and researchers around the globe are working together to advance cancer care for patients.

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Topics: R&D, cancer, World Cancer Day

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