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Monthly Archives: December 2016

PhRMA Report Highlights More Than 250 Vaccines in Development

Vaccine kidWashington, DC, December 31, 2016 — Hannah Mooney writes on the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s (PhRMA) blog, The Catalyst, that, more than 200 years ago, the first vaccine was developed for smallpox, and now, the disease has been eradicated worldwide.

In addition, in the United States, the transmission of poliovirus, measles and rubella have been eliminated.

These are examples of tremendous scientific progress, and through our growing understanding of how these and other diseases work at the molecular level, many new therapeutic and preventative vaccines have been developed. Continue reading

New Jersey State Senate Honors Rutgers as a ‘Globally Esteemed Higher Education Institution’

Rutgers SealTrenton, NJ, December 29, 2016 — The New Jersey State Senate presented Rutgers with a resolution recognizing the university as a “globally esteemed educational institution” in honor of its 250th anniversary.

The resolution highlighted the accomplishments of the university’s alumni, who include governors, senators and members of the Legislature and Supreme Court of New Jersey.

“The strength and success of the State of New Jersey, the vitality of our global communities and the effectiveness of our American society depend, in great measure, upon outstanding institutions of higher learning such as Rutgers,” the resolution stated. Continue reading

New Jersey Hospitals Contribute $22.7 Billion to State’s Economy

hospital-1Trenton, NJ, December 28, 2016 — Anjalee Khemlani reports on NJBIZ that New Jersey’s 71 acute care hospitals continue to be a growing economic force in the state, contributing $22.7 billion to the state’s economy — an increase from $21.6 billion the previous year, according to the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA)

Health care currently represents roughly 12 percent of the state’s jobs and is estimated to grow another 32 percent by 2024, according to the New Jersey Department of Labor.

NJHA released its 2016 Economic Impact Report Wednesday detailing the economic contributions, as well as the financial summaries of hospitals in the state divided by location and hospital type. Continue reading

Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary Pick Tom Price Leaves Doctors Divided

Rep. Tom Price

Rep. Tom Price

Washington, DC, December 28, 2016 — Robert Pear reports in The New York Times that when President-elect Donald J. Trump chose Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to be his Health and Human Services Secretary, the American Medical Association (AMA) swiftly endorsed the selection of one of its own, an orthopedic surgeon who has championed the role of physicians throughout his legislative career.

Then the larger world of doctors and nurses weighed in on the beliefs and record of Mr. Price, a suburban Atlanta Republican — and the split among caregivers, especially doctors, quickly grew sharp.

“The AMA does not speak for us,” says a petition signed by more than 5,000 doctors. Continue reading

If GOP Repeals Obamacare, How Will They Pay for Replacement?

Obamacare REPEALWashington, DC, December 27, 2016 — Julie Rovner reports in Kaiser Health News that leading Republicans have vowed that even if they repeal most of the Affordable Care Act early in 2017, a replacement will not hurt those currently receiving benefits.

Republicans will seek to ensure that “no one is worse off,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in an interview with a Wisconsin newspaper earlier this month.  “The purpose here is to bring relief to people who are suffering from Obamacare so that they can get something better.” Continue reading

Event: BioNJ’s 24th Annual Gateway Gala & Innovation Celebration Will Honor New Jersey’s Innovators and Patients Who Inspire Them

bionj-2017-galaTrenton, NJ, December 27, 2016 — Considered the kickoff event of the year for the life sciences industry, BioNJ’s 24th Annual Gateway Gala & Innovation Celebration is slated for February 2, 2017, at the Hilton East Brunswick.

Saluting New Jersey’s medical innovation, the inspirational evening will bring together more than 700 attendees from biopharmaceutical companies, professional service providers, government officials, academic leaders and others for an evening of networking, business discussions and award presentations. Continue reading

WHO Clinical Trial Finds New Ebola Vaccine Gives 100 Percent Protec

red-cross-ebolaWashington, DC, December 26, 2016 — Donald G. McNeil Jr. reports that, in a scientific triumph that will change the way the world fights a terrifying killer, an experimental Ebola vaccine tested on humans in the waning days of the West African epidemic has been shown to provide 100 percent protection against the lethal disease.

The vaccine has not yet been approved by any regulatory authority, but it is considered so effective that an emergency stockpile of 300,000 doses has already been created for use should an outbreak flare up again.

Since Ebola was discovered in the former Zaire in 1976, there have been many efforts to create a vaccine. Continue reading

HHS Reports Obamacare Enrollment in NJ Up by 14 Percent

ObamacareWashington, DC, December 25, 2016 — Kathleen O’Brien reports in The Star-Ledger that New Jersey’s enrollment in Obamacare is running at a pace that is 14 percent higher than this time last year, federal officials said Wednesday.

That means the state is tied as the third-highest jump among the 39 states that participate in the federal online marketplace for subsidized health insurance, they indicated.

Roughly two million Americans have signed up for health insurance plans for themselves and their families through the first half of Obamacare’s open enrollment period which began Nov. 1. That’s about 400,00 more than last year. Continue reading

HHS Report Details Affordable Care Act’s Impact; 20 Million Gain Healthcare Coverage

Obamacare 3Washington, DC, December 24, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on December 13 released an extensive compilation of national and state-level data illustrating the substantial improvements in health care for all Americans in the last six years.

The uninsured rate has fallen to the lowest level on record, and 20 million Americans have gained coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

But beyond those people who would otherwise be uninsured, millions of Americans with employer, Medicaid, Medicare, or individual market coverage have benefited from new protections as a result of the law. Continue reading

HINJ’s STEM Education Portal Showcases Life Sciences Community’s Investment in Tomorrow’s Innovation Leaders

STEM 1New Brunswick, NJ, December 23, 2016 ― The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) has launched a STEM Education portal that focuses on the life sciences community’s investment in today’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educators and students, who will become tomorrow’s innovation leaders.

HINJ’s new STEM Education portal presents information from a number of sources regarding the current state of STEM education in the United States, its significance to the nation’s and New Jersey’s economic well-being, its importance to advancing medical innovation, and the life sciences industry’ investment in programs designed to advance STEM education. Continue reading