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Biopharma innovation just part of health care equation

Biopharma innovation just part of health care equation

Today we’re seeing significant scientific breakthroughs that are revolutionizing the treatment of challenging conditions like cancers and both rare and chronic diseases. Advances that activate the immune system or retool genes with a single treatment to change the course of disease all signal that personalized medicine is here and continuing to evolve. These amazing and

Should patients with same condition bear different costs?

Should patients with same condition bear different costs?

Suppose two customers who are both diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis approach your pharmacy counter. The first line of treatment for rheumatoid arthritis works effectively for the first customer, but it doesn’t work well in managing the second customer’s symptoms. The second customer’s doctor recommends another treatment that is more effective for her, yet it is

Health policy in 2017: Innovation, value and access

Health policy in 2017: Innovation, value and access

For the past two years, organizations in the private and public sectors have been working to develop tools to support value-based health care and evidence-based medical decision making. In 2017, these efforts will take on an even greater urgency, driven by the ongoing, accelerating progress of biopharmaceutical research and development. As more — and more

Purdue Pharma joins National Pharmaceutical Council

Purdue Pharma joins National Pharmaceutical Council

WASHINGTON — Purdue Pharma L.P. has become a member of health policy research group The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC). NPC said Dr. Tracy Mayne, head of medical affairs strategic research at Purdue Pharma, will serve as the pharmaceutical company’s representative on the NPC board of directors. “NPC’s research and activities are helping to drive the discussion

Mallinckrodt joins National Pharmaceutical Council

Mallinckrodt joins National Pharmaceutical Council

WASHINGTON — Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals has become a member of the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC). The health policy research organization said Thursday that Steven Romano, senior vice president and chief scientific officer at Mallinckrodt, will serve as the company’s representative on the NPC board of directors. “We are pleased that Mallinckrodt has joined us in support

ACOs spearhead shift to value-based care

ACOs spearhead shift to value-based care

Recently, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced a lofty goal of tying 50% of all traditional Medicare payments to alternative payment models, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) or bundled payment arrangements, by the year 2018. In announcing these ambitious goals, Burwell stated, “Whether you are a patient, a provider, a

Optimizing use of medications vital for ACOs

WASHINGTON — Pharmacists can perform a pivotal role in ensuring the optimal use of pharmaceuticals and improving patient outcomes in accountable care organizations (ACOs), concludes a case study published in the December issue of the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy. The report, “Best Practices: Improving Patient Outcomes and Costs in an ACO Through