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ICYMI: ICER solicits feedback on its value assessment framework

By Randy Burkholder  |    July 28, 2016
In case you missed it, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) is seeking suggestions to improve its value assessment framework prior to its re-release in 2017. For the past two years,...   Read More

Focusing on patients and progress on World Hepatitis Day

By Hannah Mooney Mack  |    July 28, 2016
World Hepatitis Day is a unique opportunity to take stock of the recent advancements in new treatments and cures to combat versions of hepatitis. Founded by the World Hepatitis Alliance, World...   Read More

What you need to know about PDUFA VI

By Andrew Powaleny  |    July 27, 2016
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released its performance goals letter for the sixth installment of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA). The letter comes after months of...   Read More

PhRMA & BIO release joint principles on communications with health care professionals and payers

By Jeff Francer  |    July 27, 2016
This blog post is authored by Jeffrey Francer (PhRMA) and Deborah Shelton (BIO). We are in an era of data-driven medicine. Patients, caregivers, health care professionals and insurers want more...   Read More

PhRMA Foundation: 2015 in review

By Eileen Cannon  |    July 25, 2016
For the past 50 years, the PhRMA Foundation has had the opportunity to support young scientists across numerous disciplines through grants and fellowships. In looking back through the years, and 2015...   Read More

Medicare Monday: Happy early birthday, Medicare!

By Nicole Longo  |    July 25, 2016
As July comes to a close this week, there’s one big birthday left to celebrate – the anniversary of Medicare! On July 30, 1965, Medicare was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This week,...   Read More

Medicare Monday: Access to vaccines for older Americans

By Allyson Funk  |    July 18, 2016
When you think about vaccines, you may not think about the need for them later in life, but vaccines for older Americans are a critical component of maintaining health as you age. According to the ...   Read More

4 ways to better engage and empower patients

By Allyson Funk  |    July 15, 2016
An informed consumer is an engaged and empowered patient. With the right information, consumers are well equipped to be active participants in making decisions about their health care. But it isn’t...   Read More

What you need to know about the federal government’s health spending projections

By Holly Campbell  |    July 14, 2016
New National Health Expenditure (NHE) projections released today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reaffirm how our nation’s competitive marketplace for medicines controls costs while...   Read More

Video: How can biomarkers and surrogate endpoints enhance R&D of medicines?

By Andrew Powaleny  |    July 14, 2016
In the age of personalized medicine, biomarkers are emerging as important tools in drug development. A biomarker is a measure or physical sign that can be used to determine how the body is...   Read More

The importance of the Bayh-Dole Act

By Setareh Samii  |    July 12, 2016
Over 35 years ago, leaders in Washington D.C. united in what would today be a strikingly bipartisan manner to pass the University and Small Business Patent Procedures Act of 1980 – better known as...   Read More

What they are saying about ICER’s scoping document for non-small cell lung cancer

By Holly Campbell  |    July 11, 2016
The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has set its sights on a new target: life-saving treatments for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). ICER’s latest draft scoping document...   Read More

Medicare Monday: How Part D Extra Help works for Katie

By Nicole Longo  |    July 11, 2016
In the past, we’ve taken a closer look at the Medicare Part D Extra Help program and how it supports patients like Diane and Mateo – two hypothetical, low-income Medicare patients over the age of 65....   Read More

ICYMI: More attention to adequacy of health insurance coverage

By Allyson Funk  |    July 8, 2016
On AccessBetterCoverage.org, we’ve been highlighting the growing challenges of insurance benefit design and the impact of high deductibles and out-of-pocket costs on patients. Last week in The Wall...   Read More

The next step towards Colombia’s future

By Mark Grayson  |    July 6, 2016
Just a few weeks ago in Havana, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos and Commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC, Timoleon Jimenez, made history when they signed a peace...   Read More

PPA: Spread the word

By Hannah Mooney Mack  |    July 6, 2016
Chances are you’ve heard a friend or loved one talk about their difficulty with affordable access to their medicines at the pharmacy. Maybe even you have struggled yourself. But the Partnership for...   Read More

Medicare Monday: A Medicare Part D reading list

By Nicole Longo  |    July 4, 2016
Today, as we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, we’re reminded of another anniversary to celebrate this month – the anniversary of Medicare! To kick off this special month in...   Read More

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