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3 Reasons Patient Engagement is the Backbone of Scientific Discovery

Posted by Michelle Nyman on April 1, 2015 at 10:26 AM

Each year, the National Health Council (NHC) convenes the Voluntary Health Leadership Conference (VHLC) – a forum that brings together patient advocacy organizations to share information about the latest in medical research and health care policy and provide a venue for sharing and discussing best practices.
Held this year in February, PhRMA CEO John Castellani attended the 28th annual event and discussed the critical importance of patient involvement in the drug discovery process. As John points out, patient engagement is critical to the research and development process for three central reasons:
First, industry scientists need to understand patient perspectives on the diseases they are working to treat and cure; second, critical to the development of new therapies is

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Topics: Science, Patients, Drug Development, Clinical Trials, National Health Council, patient advocacy

Embracing 21st Century Information Sharing: Defining a New Paradigm for the FDA and Communications with Health Care Professionals

Posted by Mit Spears on April 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protects public health by approving new medicines for patients, ensuring unsafe treatments are not used and monitoring the evolution of scientific insights about the benefits and risks of medicines.

Part of this mission hinges on the robust flow of the latest scientific information – information that should inform patient care. However, the FDA’s current interpretation of laws and regulations governing medical communications is placing that free flow of information in jeopardy as biopharmaceutical companies are prohibited from sharing with health care professionals certain accurate, data-driven information about FDA-approved uses and medically accepted alternative uses of FDA-approved drugs.

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Topics: Science, FDA, new medicines, Patients, healthcare professionals

Safe Drug Disposal is a Viable, Sustainable Option

Posted by Priscilla VanderVeer on March 31, 2015 at 12:34 PM

While we missed the opportunity to provide a comment prior to publication, PhRMA’s Assistant General Counsel John Murphy does have a response to the California Healthline article, "Challenged in Court, Killed in Legislature, Drug Take-Back Taking Root in Counties" (3/30).

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Topics: environmental, take-back programs, safe drug disposal

New Documentary Highlights Tremendous Advances in Cancer Treatment

Posted by Guest Contributor on March 30, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Cancer will touch the lives of most Americans, but few understand its history. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a biography of the disease by award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, takes on the challenge of explaining the impact of a disease which has been around since the beginning of time, and will strike more than 1.6 million Americans in 2015 alone.

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Topics: cancer, Oncology, PBS

Medicare Monday: Gaining Part D Coverage Reduces Hospitalizations and Overall Spending in Medicare

Posted by Allyson Funk on March 30, 2015 at 9:18 AM

As you learned in last week’s video, Medicare Part D helps seniors adhere to their medicines by providing access to prescription drug coverage. This helps beneficiaries live healthier lives by avoiding use of more costly medical services, which helps reduce spending in the broader health care ecosystem.

Here’s one example: according to a recent study from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Illinois, gaining prescription medicine coverage through Medicare Part D was tied to an eight percent decrease in hospital admissions for seniors.

Patients with artery plaque, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and dehydration have especially benefited from a decrease in hospitalizations. Here are some examples of how beneficiaries are realizing the value of their Part D coverage.

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Topics: #MedicareMonday, health care spending, hospitals

Week in Review: The Latest from PhRMA

Posted by Allyson Funk on March 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM

New report on intellectual property, 5 things you should know about Medicare Part D, and more

Biopharmaceutical Industry Leads Manufacturing Sector in R&D Spending - The biopharmaceutical industry comes out on top as the country’s manufacturing leader in innovation and economic contributions in a new report from ndp│analytics. According to the analysis, the industry had the highest research and development (R&D) investment over the last decade, accounting for 27 percent of average annual R&D spending from 2000-2012.

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Topics: Value, R&D, Week in Review, 340B, Medicare

Week in Review: Building a Brighter Future for Patients

Posted by Christian Clymer on March 27, 2015 at 10:32 AM

When it comes to patient health and well-being, today’s treatment advancements are borne from and stand on the shoulders of investment in prior research and development (R&D).

As science continues to evolve, our industry is always imagining new discovery frontiers. So, this week, we discussed a few ways we’re focused on what’s next for patients.

Since 1991, cancer survival rates have increased as death rates have fallen 20 percent. On Wednesday, we introduced a new Catalyst series that explores what continued research could mean for the future for cancer patients.

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Topics: adherence, cancer, HHS

Collaboration for Cures: Teaming Up to Advance Science and Save Lives

Posted by Tina Stow on March 26, 2015 at 3:39 PM

“Whether it’s our family, our friends, all of us are potentially patients one day.”

In a single sentence, Dr. Anthony Coyle, senior vice president and chief scientific officer at Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI), sums up what inspires the researchers and scientists fueling progress at America’s biopharmaceutical companies.

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Topics: Science, Pfizer, NIH, clinical research

Ask About Adherence – Q&A with Prescriptions for a Healthy America

Posted by Samantha Dougherty on March 26, 2015 at 1:06 PM

Ask About Adherence is a blog series featuring Q&A’s with experts on medication adherence. In this post, we speak with Joel White, Prescriptions for a Healthy America president, on the landscape of potential solutions to non-adherence.

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Topics: adherence, #Adherence123s, Ask About Adherence

Supporting Better Patient Outcomes Through Reform

Posted by Holly Campbell on March 25, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Today’s events at the White House and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) highlighted the growing interest from policy makers and stakeholders in shifting the health care payment system to support greater quality of care rather than the quantity of care provided to patients.  PhRMA has long supported policies to advance affordable, high-quality, individualized care, and we were pleased to participate in today’s inaugural meeting of the Learning and Action Network (LAN), an initiative of HHS to discuss payment and delivery reform.

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Topics: Value

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