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Who pays to create new medicines?

January 13, 2022

Does government spending on drug development justify government price controls on medicines? Not when the private sector spends $102 billion on clinical R&D and the NIH spends less than $3 billion.

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Laura Gunter: Biotech policies should protect patients, innovation

December 1, 2021

The ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role of the North Carolina life sciences industry in battling our most serious public health threats. When faced with the threat of COVID-19, biotechnology companies – many based right here in North Carolina – answered the call and quickly developed safe and effective vaccines,…

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Pharmaceutical Prescribing Labels: An Enormous Opportunity to Eliminate Pointless Paper Waste in the United States

November 22, 2021

A serious approach to addressing climate change must include the proactive elimination of unnecessary paper consumption. Paper is an important and useful material that should be produced and consumed in a responsible and sustainable way, and the existence of digital options that can be utilized safely and effectively should lead to the elimination of outdated…

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BIO: Build Back Better Act weakens U.S. innovation ecosystem, hurts patients

November 19, 2021

Michelle McMurry-Heath, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act on Nov. 19: “The legislation that passed the House today will upend a successful Medicare system and weaken the innovation ecosystem that has made America the leader in…

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BIO: What happened with the Orphan Drug Tax Credit

September 17, 2021

During a busy week in Congress, Democrats included a change to the Orphan Drug Tax Credit that would negatively impact research on rare diseases affecting millions of Americans. The U.S. House of Representatives has several committees marking up the Senate’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package. (Here’s BIO’s readout, including news on drug price controls and the…

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BIO’s fall Congressional preview

September 8, 2021

The summer calm is grinding to a halt as members of Congress have returned to D.C. for what is sure to be a busy legislative sprint that could potentially impact all sectors of the biotech industry.

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BIO: Where things stand with TRIPS waiver

August 19, 2021

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about what’s going on at the WTO. Here’s the latest news-and why the proposed waiver of vaccine IP is still a bad idea. The status: The World Trade Organization is still considering a proposal backed by India and South Africa (and supported by the U.S.) to waive the…

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BIO: How the PASTEUR Act would support antibiotic R&D

June 22, 2021

The PASTEUR Act, legislation designed to make research and development of new antibiotics economically viable, was reintroduced in Congress last week with bipartisan support. Here’s what it would do and why it matters. Antimicrobial resistance is a big problem. AMR occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites no longer respond to antibiotics. If we don’t…

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Government price fixing for U.S. medicines will cost lives, jobs, innovation

May 13, 2021

Legislation like H.R. 3 that fixes prices for prescription medicines would limit patients’ access to new treatments while doing nothing to lower prices at the pharmacy counter.

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Vaccine patent waiver breaks faith with American companies, stifles innovation

May 13, 2021

NCBIO is extremely disappointed that the Biden administration has chosen to support waiving critical intellectual property protections for U.S. COVID-19 vaccines. This decision, known as a TRIPS waiver, breaks faith with American innovators, punishes the ingenuity of our life sciences industry and will delay the equitable delivery of COVID vaccines to people around the globe.    …

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