Who We Are

The New Jersey Life Sciences Vendors Alliance (NJLSVA) is a coalition of businesses, individuals and academia who provide goods and services to New Jersey’s life sciences companies.

The NJLSVA was founded to educate suppliers on trends in industry procurement and public policy that affects the life sciences industry.

Monthly Archives: February 2015

Governor Christie Says He’s a ‘Complete Supporter’ of Vaccinations

Newark, NJ, February 26, 2015 ― Appearing last evening on New Jersey 101.5’s “Ask the Governor” program with Eric Scott, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said that he is a “complete supporter” of mandatory vaccines.

The Governor said he was surprised by the reaction to comments he made about vaccinations while on a trade mission to the United Kingdom earlier this month. Continue reading

PhRMA Applauds Federal Court Ruling on Maine Drug-Importation Law

Washington, DC, February 25, 2015 Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) assistant general counsel, John Murphy, issued the following statement regarding a federal court ruling that invalidated an importation law in Maine.

“In September 2013, PhRMA, along with several Maine-based trade associations and individual pharmacists, filed a lawsuit against the state of Maine challenging a recently enacted law that permitted residents to personally import certain prescription medications from five countries around the globe. Continue reading

HHS: Since 2010, 9.4 Million People with Medicare Have Saved Over $15 Billion on Prescription Drugs

Washington, DC, February 24, 2015 ― The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released new information that shows that millions of seniors and people with disabilities with Medicare continued to enjoy prescription drug savings and improved benefits in 2014 as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, 9.4 million seniors and people with disabilities have saved over $15 billion on prescription drugs, an average of $1,598 per beneficiary.

In 2014 alone, nearly 5.1 million seniors and people with disabilities saved $4.8 billion or an average of $941 per beneficiary.  These figures are higher than in 2013, when 4.3 million saved $3.9 billion, for an average of $911 per beneficiary. Continue reading

Survey: Uninsured Rate Hit New Low in 2014; Trend Forecast to Continue

Washington, DC, February 24, 2015 ― The Associated Press reports that the share of Americans without health insurance dropped to its lowest level in seven years in 2014 as President Barack Obama’s overhaul took full effect, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the trend appears likely to continue this year, since 55 percent of those who remained uninsured told the pollster they plan to get coverage rather than face escalating tax penalties. Continue reading

BIO Announces 2015 Everyday Superhero Contest; Nominations Due March 5

Washington, DC, February 24, 2015 ― The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has announced a new contest aimed at recognizing biotech superheroes in the patient, industry, and academic communities.

Nominations for the Everyday Superhero contest will be accepted through March 5, 2015.  Winners will be chosen by popular vote and announced onsite at the 2015 BIO International Convention, June 15-18 in Philadelphia, PA. Continue reading

NJ Department of Health and Partners Award $380,000 in Grants to Communities to Improve Health

Trenton, NJ, February 23, 2015 ― The New Jersey Department of Health, along with Partners for Health, and Atlantic Health System, has awarded $380,000 in Shaping NJ Healthy Community grants to 31 communities to improve access to healthy food and opportunities to be physically active.

“We are pleased to provide grant funding to empower communities to support healthy behaviors in our state,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd.  “Sustainable change happens at the local level.” Continue reading

Health Care Spending Again on Rise; Up 5% in 2014 vs. 3.6% in 2013

Washington, DC, February 19, 2015 ― Bloomberg News reports that the national medical bill may be back to growing faster than GDP.  After five years of historically slow growth, new data show U.S. health care spending accelerated significantly in 2014.

The analysis, from the Altarum Institute research group and based on preliminary government data, shows health spending increasing by 5 percent last year, compared to 3.6 percent in 2013.   Continue reading

New Jersey Cuts Number of Uninsured by Half; Over 250,000 Enroll for 2015 Coverage

Woodland Park, NJ, February 19, 2015 ― The federal government yesterday announced that more than a quarter-million New Jerseyans had signed up for coverage in Obamacare health plans by midnight Sunday.

This means, reports Lindy Washburn in The Record, that New Jersey’s uninsured population has been cut in half as the Affordable Care Act enters its second year.  Continue reading

HINJ and Rx4NJ to Host 2015 Commissioners Forum on February 23

New Brunswick, NJ, February 19, 2015 ― The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) and the Rx4NJ Partnership will host the 2015 Commissioners Forum at which New Jersey’s leading healthcare policy makers will discuss their departments’ care programs, 2015 plans and more.

The forum will be held at the Wyndham Garden Trenton on Monday morning, February 23.

Participating at the Commissioners Forum will be: Continue reading

11.4 Million Americans – And Counting – Are Signed Up for Obamacare Coverage

Washington, DC, February 18, 2015 ― The White House yesterday announced that about 11.4 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance coverage through Obamacare exchanges by February 15, which was the official deadline for the second-year enrollment period.

The announcement indicates the Obama administration will beat its own 2015 enrollment goals after a much quieter sign-up season this year versus year one’s roll-out in 2014, which was a technological debacle. Continue reading