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Stephen Ubl

PhRMA welcomes Genentech and Gilead Sciences to association

PhRMA welcomes Genentech and Gilead Sciences to association

WASHINGTON – Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) announced today that Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, South San Francisco, and Gilead Sciences, Inc., Foster City, Calif. joined the association as members. Genentech and Gilead Sciences are two of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies dedicated to discovering and developing medicines to fundamentally change how patients with life-threatening

Making health care work better for patients

Making health care work better for patients

Editor’s note: This was part of CDR’s 2019 Pharmacy Outlook in the January 7 issue. Pharmacists are medication experts. Every day, they get to see the remarkable difference innovative treatments can make in their customers’ lives. But like America’s biopharmaceutical companies, they also know those innovative medicines aren’t nearly as meaningful if they are too

What the budget deal means for health care

What the budget deal means for health care

WASHINGTON — Health care spending has been beefed up in some areas and reduced in others as a result of the federal budget legislation passed by Congress earlier this month. Chronic care funding was bolstered by the two-year spending plan, which was signed into law by President Trump, while some Affordable Care Act appropriations were

PhRMA takes aim at opioid abuse, misuse

PhRMA takes aim at opioid abuse, misuse

WASHINGTON —  The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has launched a multiyear, multimillion-dollar initiative to help tackle the opioid abuse epidemic. PhRMA said this week that the effort includes a partnership with the Addiction Policy Forum to fund state and local programs, plus support for new public policies that help families and individuals

Amgen CEO elected as PhRMA chairman

Amgen CEO elected as PhRMA chairman

WASHINGTON — Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has named Amgen Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Robert Bradway as chairman-elect. Bradway will succeed Joaquin Duato, executive vice president and worldwide chairman of pharmaceuticals at Johnson & Johnson, as PhRMA chairman in February 2018. Previously, Bradway served as board treasurer for PhRMA. Sanofi CEO

Time to start sharing the Rx savings with patients

Time to start sharing the Rx savings with patients

Every day at America’s community pharmacies, patients pay a bigger and bigger share of the cost for their prescription medications. But two new studies have revealed one of the puzzling reasons why — and how market-based solutions could help ease the strain on America’s patients. Like any complex U.S. industry, the biopharmaceutical sector relies on

PhRMA sets new criteria for membership

PhRMA sets new criteria for membership

WASHINGTON — The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) this week approved new criteria for membership. With the move, biopharmaceutical companies will have to meet new research-and-development requirements to be eligible to join the organization. PhRMA said the updated membership criteria, which go into effect immediately, came after a three-month review by its board

PhRMA campaign takes aim at negotiated Rx rebates

PhRMA campaign takes aim at negotiated Rx rebates

WASHINGTON — The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has kicked off “Share the Savings,” a new campaign to educate consumers about the lack of drug rebate pass-through for commercially insured patients with high deductibles and coinsurance. PhRMA said a collection of advertisements will be featured in print, radio, digital and social channels throughout

Good news in Rx: Treatment options keep growing

Good news in Rx: Treatment options keep growing

When chain drug store customers are waiting in line at the pharmacy, odds are they have at least one thing on their mind: relief for their disease or condition. The good news is that at the start of 2017, America’s chain drug store customers will see more available treatment options than at any other time

PhRMA elects officers, welcomes new member UCB

PhRMA elects officers, welcomes new member UCB

WASHINGTON — The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) board of directors has elected new officers and ushered in a new member company. Joaquin Duato, worldwide chairman of pharmaceuticals at Johnson & Johnson, was elected chairman. Joseph Jimenez, chief executive officer of Novartis AG, was elected chairman-elect, and Amgen chairman and CEO Robert Bradway

President Trump meets with pharma industry

President Trump meets with pharma industry

In a meeting with pharmaceutical industry leaders, President Donald Trump decried the high cost of drugs but said his administration would work to make it easier to get new, innovative medications to market. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), which along with drug company executives met with Trump at the White House on

Rising rebates squeeze branded drug makers

Rising rebates squeeze branded drug makers

WASHINGTON — Branded drug manufacturers are shelling out higher rebates and discounts on medications and seeing their share of prescription drug sales shrink, according to a study commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). PhRMA said Wednesday that the study, conducted by Berkeley Research Group (BRG), is among the first to gauge

J&J’s Joaquin Duato tabbed as PhRMA chairman

J&J’s Joaquin Duato tabbed as PhRMA chairman

WASHINGTON — The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America has named Joaquin Duato, worldwide chairman of pharmaceuticals as Johnson & Johnson, as chairman of the PhRMA board of directors. Duato previously was chairman-elect on the PhRMA board and succeeds George Scangos, who has stepped down as chief executive officer of Biogen. “In the words of

21st Century Cures Act signed into law

21st Century Cures Act signed into law

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama today signed the landmark 21st Century Cures Act into law. At a ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden, who helped shepherd the sweeping health bill through Congress, Obama said the new law “touches every family across America” and “unleashes the full force of American innovation.” The 21st Century Cures Act