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Monthly Archives: May 2016

World Health Organization: Life Expectancy Increased by 5 Years Since 2000, But Health Inequalities Persist

Hands baby oldGeneva, Switzerland, May 23, 2016 ― Dramatic gains in life expectancy have been made globally since 2000, but major inequalities persist within and among countries, according to this year’s “World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the SDGs”.

Life expectancy increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s.  Those gains reverse declines during the 1990s, when life expectancy fell in Africa because of the AIDS epidemic and in Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The increase was greatest in the African Region of WHO where life expectancy increased by 9.4 years to 60 years, driven mainly by improvements in child survival, progress in malaria control and expanded access to antiretrovirals for treatment of HIV. Continue reading

PhRMA CEO Stephen Ubl Writes on ‘Combatting Opioid Abuse’

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Washington, DC, May 22, 2016 Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen J. Ubl on May 19 wrote on combatting opioid drug abuse in the nation in Morning Consult:

Mr. Ubl wrote:

More Americans are addicted to prescription pain medications than there are people living in San Diego and Washington, D.C. — combined.

Of those nearly two million people, 19,000 of them will die this year from an overdose involving prescription drugs, while American employers will lose more than $10 billion this year due to lost productivity.

We also cannot ignore the fact that pain is cited as the most common reason Americans seek out health care.  It is a leading cause of disability and a major contributor to health care costs. Ninety percent of patients with advanced cancer experience severe pain, and pain occurs in 30 percent of all patients with cancer, regardless of the stage of their disease. Continue reading

President Obama on Science: ‘It Is Fun. I Love This Stuff.’

Innovation Ahead signWashington, DC, May 21, 2016 ― The Associated Press’ Darlene Superville reports that President Barack Obama declared science “is fun” on May 19 as he recognized 17 leading scientists and innovators for work helping put “countless revolutionary discoveries within our reach.”

Obama paired the honors with a renewed pitch for encouraging young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The President announced a new advisory board to solicit suggestions from youngsters on how the government can support budding scientists and innovators. Continue reading

HHS Reports Number of Uninsured Dropped Below 10% for First Time in 2015

Obamacare Health InsuranceWashington, DC, May 20, 2016 ― Louise Radnofsky reports in The Wall Street Journal that 9.1% of people in the U.S., or around 28.6 million, were uninsured in 2015 according to federal statistics released Tuesday.

The Obama administration is celebrating the figures—which largely matched an earlier release by the agency for the first half of last year—as proof of the impact of the Affordable Care Act, which overhauled the insurance system, created new subsidies for people to get private coverage and boosted funding for states to expand the Medicaid program that offers near free-care to the lowest-income Americans.

The percentage of uninsured people in the U.S. stood at 16% in 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act was enacted, and 14.4% in 2013, the year before its major coverage provisions kicked in, and 11.5% in 2014. Continue reading

PhRMA Member Companies Invested $58.8 Billion in R&D in 2015

PhRMA 2016 Profile Report 20160512Washington, DC, May 20, 2016 Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) member companies invested an estimated $58.8 billion in research and development (R&D) in 2015, up 10.3 percent from 2014.

New R&D data based on findings from the 2016 PhRMA annual member survey released this month in the 2016 Biopharmaceutical Research Industry Profile and corresponding industry chart pack, Biopharmaceuticals in Perspective, highlight the wide-reaching impact of PhRMA member companies on the economy and biopharmaceutical innovation.

In the United States, the biopharmaceutical industry is a driver of economic growth and global competitiveness, and it is the most research-intensive sector of the U.S. economy, investing on average six times more in R&D as a percentage of sales than all other manufacturing industries. Continue reading

Rowan Medicine Joins New Jersey Innovation Institute to Improve Clinical Care in State

Rowan University logoStratford, NJ, May 20, 2016 ― Rowan Medicine, the faculty practice plan of the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, has joined with the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) on a federally funded initiative to improve the quality and efficiency of clinical services, while simultaneously reducing costs.

Through its Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI), the federal government seeks to move practices from a fee-for-service model that reimburses caregivers for dispensing treatment at episodic visits to what is known as a “value-based” care system that compensates them for keeping their patients well through ongoing, evidence-based disease management.

The program is aimed in particular at the sickest patients with complex conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease who often cycle in and out of emergency rooms, as well as have longer hospital stays. Continue reading

Rutgers Researchers Using Power of Web to Help Stop Zika Virus

Rutgers NJ Medical SchoolNew Brunswick, May 19, 2016 ― Lindy Washburn reports today in The Record that a global project led by researchers at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark is using a crowd-sourced supercomputer network to test potential cures for the Zika virus, the infection expected to spread into the southern United States this summer.

You can help: Just download an app to allow the IBM-sponsored “world community grid” to use your computer when it’s idle.

The massive supercomputer, created by donations of such excess capacity by hundreds of thousands of computer users, will enable speedy screening of millions of potential compounds to identify promising drug candidates for testing in the laboratory.

It’s already been harnessed to winnow potential new treatments for malaria, HIV/AIDS and Ebola. Continue reading

PhRMA Report: Nearly 4.5 Million U.S. Jobs, $1.2 Trillion Economic Output Supported by Biopharmaceutical Sector in 2014

PhRMA jpgWashington, DC, May 18, 2016 ― The biopharmaceutical industry supported nearly 854,000 direct jobs and another 3.5 million jobs and more than $1.2 trillion in economic output in the United States in 2014, according to new research prepared for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) by TEConomy Partners, LLC.

The report, which analyzed state and national data across the large-scale biopharmaceutical sector supply chain, highlights how the discovery, development and delivery of innovative medicines translate into higher-wage jobs, increased tax revenue and greater economic output in our local communities.

“The United States leads the world in bringing new medicines to market. Beyond the value that these medicines deliver to the patients who need them is the profound impact a strong biopharmaceutical sector has on our local, state and national economy,” said President and CEO of PhRMA Stephen J. Ubl. Continue reading

Gallup: Most Want to Replace Obamacare with a Single-Payer System — Including a Lot of Republicans

ObamacareWashington, DC, May 17, 2016 ― Philip Bump reports in The Washington Post that the politics of Obamacare aren’t all that complicated.

Republicans have called for the Affordable Care Act to be “repealed and replaced” for years, with only sporadic attempts to articulate what the replacement would be.

On the Democratic side, the question that’s emerged over the course of the primary is whether or not the program should be expanded and improved (Hillary Clinton’s argument) or if we should push for a complete overhaul, moving toward a “single-payer” system like Medicare (Bernie Sanders’s argument).

In a round of polling conducted this month, Gallup figured out which of those ideas was the most popular. And the result? It’s sort of a three-way tie. Continue reading

Christie Administration Recognizes New Jersey’s 30,000 Emergency Medical Services Professionals for National EMS Week

EMSTrenton, NJ, May 16, 2016 ― Marking National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week (May 15-22), New Jersey Acting Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett recognized the nearly 30,000 EMS professionals throughout the state for their commitment and dedication.

“Whether it is responding to 1 million 9-1-1 calls a year or to hurricanes, blizzards and floods, our EMS professionals put their lives on the line every day and are available 24 hours a day,” Commissioner Bennett said.  “It is fitting that we recognize and honor their valiant and distinguished service during National Emergency Medical Services Week.”

Governor Chris Christie issued a proclamation expressing his appreciation for New Jersey’s EMS professionals and the services they provide that protect the health and safety of residents. Continue reading