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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: December 2015

Gov. Christie Nominates Cathleen Bennett to Serve as Commissioner of Health Department

Cathleen BennettTrenton, NJ, December 15, 2015 ― Governor Chris Christie’s office on Monday nominated two of the seven temporary members of his cabinet to full terms, including Cathleen D. Bennett to head the New Jersey Department of Health.

The Governor also nominated Richard T. Hammer as transportation commissioner.  The state Senate must confirm the Governor’s nominations.

Bennett began serving as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Health on August 3, 2015, when Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd stepped down to pursue a private-sector position. Continue reading

Tomorrow! HINJ, Rx4NJ and WWFH-NJ to Host ‘The Value of Medical Innovation’ Health Policy Forum December 15

Healthcare PolicyNew Brunswick, NJ, December 13, 2015 ― Please join the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ), the Rx4NJ Partnership and We Work for Health New Jersey for a health policy forum that will focus on “The Value of Medical Innovation: Saving Lives, Saving Money.”

The forum will be held on Tuesday, December 15 from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Forsgate Country Club at 375 Forsgate Drive, Monroe Township, NJ.

Topics to be covered include:

  • How medical innovation is bending the cost curve
  • Value to patients
  • Economic impact
  • Challenges and changes in the health-care marketplace

Admission is free, but seating is limited.  To register, click here. Continue reading

HHS Partners with Nation’s Largest Pharmacies to Promote Health Insurance Marketplace

Pharmacist and SeniorWashington, DC, December 14, 2015 ― As the deadline for signing up for coverage starting January 1 approaches, the Department of Hea

lth and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced that HHS is collaborating with some of the nation’s largest pharmacies to connect consumers with health coverage and encourage enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

CVS Health, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, National Community Pharmacists Association, Rite Aid, Thrifty White Pharmacy and Walgreens are playing an important role in helping individuals across the country find a plan to meet their health care and budget needs. Continue reading

Report: Generic Drugs Deliver a $254 Billion in Savings to U.S. Health Care System in 2014

Generic 1Washington, DC, December 14, 2015 ― The U.S. health care system saved a record $254 billion in 2014 from generic drugs, which amounts to $1.68 trillion over the most recent decade (2005-2014), according to the seventh annual Generic Drug Savings in the United States report compiled by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics on behalf of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA).

For the first time, this year’s report includes state-by-state savings from generics.

It also details the key role generic drugs play in Medicare and Medicaid savings, resulting in billions of dollars of savings to federal and state budgets, beneficiaries and taxpayers. Continue reading

HINJ Launches ‘Value of Medical Innovation’ Portal; Focuses on Saving Lives — And Saving Money

NMedical Innovation 6ew Brunswick, NJ, December 12, 2015 ― The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) has updated its online portal at HINJ.org to present Value of Medical Innovation, a fact-driven, consumer-friendly digital library that delves into the myriad benefits of medical innovation, which saves lives — and saves money.

HINJ’s Value of Medical Innovation presents statistics from a number of resources, including the U.S. government, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the Biotechnology Organization (BIO), the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and various medical research organizations.

The Value of Medical Innovation page is the latest offering on HINJ.org, which was launched in February 2013 as part of HINJ’s strategic plan to build a dynamic communications capability that delivers relevant, robust and timely information to internal and external stakeholders. Continue reading

BioNJ Hosts Inaugural Inspiring Women in STEM Conference

STEM WomenBridgewater, NJ, December 11, 2015BioNJ’s Inaugural Inspiring Women in STEM Conference that took place last week, December 4, at Sanofi US in Bridgewater, brought together 200 professionals of all levels from the STEM community for a day of empowering professional development.

The wide-breadth of topics, including “Strategic Networking,” “Productive Conflict™ Resolution,” “Work and Life in an Innovation Economy,” “Emotional Intelligence” and a “Conversation with STEM Leaders,” stimulated audience engagement and resulted in actionable takeaways. Continue reading

New PhRMA Report: 190 Medicines in Development for Heart Disease, Stroke and Other Cardiovascular Diseases

Heart health doctorWashington, DC, December 10, 2015 ― Despite significant decreases in death rates from heart disease and stroke over the past three decades, these two conditions continue to be leading causes of death in the United States.

With more than 85 million Americans living with some type of cardiovascular disease — including more than six million adults who have had a stroke — chances are that you or someone you know would stand to benefit from new medicines that help prevent and treat these illnesses.

Fortunately, a new report released today from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) shows that America’s biopharmaceutical companies are currently developing 190 medicines for heart disease and stroke. Continue reading

The Commonwealth Fund’s States’ Health Scorecard: More States Up than Down on Most Health Measures

Healthcare Policy 2New York, NY, December 10, 2015USA Today reports that more states improved than worsened over time on most measures examined in new health rankings out Wednesday — the first since the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage expansions took effect.

The Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance looks at access to medical care, prevention and treatment of disease, avoidable hospital use and cost, healthy lives and health equity.

Some of the 42 indicators on the scorecard are numbers of insured adults, people 50 and older who got recommended screenings, adults who went without care because of cost, breast cancer deaths and infant mortality. Continue reading

Over 80,000 New Jerseyans and 1 Million Nationwide Find Insurance Plans Under Obamacare Ahead of 2016 Enrollment Deadline

Health InsuranceWashington, DC, December 10, 2015 ― Mary Jo Layton reports in The Record that more than 80,000 people in New Jersey have selected insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act since November 1.  The open-enrollment period closes January 31, 2016.

More than half of New Jersey enrollees can find plans for $75 or less a month in premiums after tax credits, federal officials said.

Nationwide, The New York Times reported that a million new customers have signed up for health insurance during the Affordable Care Act’s third open-enrollment season, according to Obama administration officials on Wednesday. Continue reading

Report: U.S. Life Expectancy Flat for Third Straight Year at Almost 79; Infant Mortality Rate Drops

Hands baby oldNew York, NY, December 9, 2015 ― The Associated Press reports that life expectancy in the United States has stalled for three straight years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday.

A child born in the U.S. in 2014 can expect to make it to 78 years and 9½ months — the same prediction made for the previous two years.

The U.S. ranks below nearly 40 other countries in life expectancy, according to the World Bank. Japan and Iceland are at the top of that list, at more than 83 years. Continue reading