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Monthly Archives: February 2017

NJ Health Care Quality Institute and Rutgers-Eagleton Explore Jerseyans’ Comfort with Alternatives to the Emergency Room

New Brunswick, NJ, February 23, 2017 — The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (NJHCQI), in partnership with the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, released a poll exploring where most New Jerseyans receive their health care, what their comfort levels are receiving care in a variety of settings, such as urgent care centers, private physician offices, and emergency departments, and under what circumstances they would seek care at alternate locations.

This poll, released on February 22, is the latest in the Health Matters series, a partnership between the two organizations that studies New Jerseyans’ attitudes on a variety of health-related issues. Continue reading

New Jersey Policy Perspective Reports: An Obamacare Repeal Without Replacement Will ‘Devastate’ the Garden State

Trenton, NJ, February 22, 2017 — According to a new report from the New Jersey Policy Perspective, if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — well known as Obamacare — and doesn’t replace it, the loss of coverage for an estimated 800,000 New Jersey residents would be only part of the story, reports Lindy Washburn in The Record/NorthJersey.com.

The report presents county-by-county data about the effect of ACA repeal.

In addition, Livio reports that more than 210,000 seniors who rely on Medicare and have substantial prescription drug needs would face higher out-of-pocket costs. Continue reading

STAT: PhRMA CEO Says FDA Review Process Is ‘Gold Standard and Should Remain So’

Boston, MA, February 22, 2017 — Rebecca Robbins reports on STAT+ that Stephen Ubl, the President and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), yesterday came out strongly in favor of a rigorous Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Ubl’s remarks come as the Trump administration weighs potential candidates to lead the agency who have suggested they would radically change how it vets new drugs.

Asked by STAT about the notion that the FDA should no longer evaluate drugs for effectiveness, Ubl was unambiguous: “We believe that the FDA review process is the gold standard and should remain so.” Continue reading

Generic Pharmaceutical Association Changes Name to Association for Accessible Medicines; Launches Education Campaign

Washington, DC, February 22, 2017 — The Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA), the nation’s largest trade group representing generic pharmaceutical and biosimilar companies, on February 14 week unveiled a new national effort to contain the cost of prescription medicines.

The group is becoming the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) to communicate its mission to make more medicines more accessible to more people who need them. Continue reading

Wall Street Journal Profiles Students 2 Science: Aims to Attract Teens to STEM Jobs with Real-World Experiments in a High-Tech Facility

East Hanover, NJ, February 21, 2017 — Leslie Brody reports in The Wall Street Journal that, as owner of a laboratory that tested pharmaceuticals, Paul Winslow was dismayed by the scarcity of qualified scientists he could hire.

After selling his business a decade ago, he tried to do something about the shortage.  Dr. Winslow leased space across from a cemetery in East Hanover, N.J., rustled up $4 million worth of donated equipment and recruited volunteer scientists to show teenagers the wonder of real-world experiments. Continue reading

Trump Administration Weighs Fate of Obamacare’s Free Birth Control Mandate

Washington, DC, February 21, 2017 — Jessie Hellmann reports in The Hill that the era of free birth control for women could be coming to an end.

The requirement that insurance companies cover contraception at no cost is believed to be on the chopping block now that Tom Price has become confirmed as Health and Human Services Secretary.

Secretary Price opposed the mandate as a member of Congress and could take aim at the regulation — and other rules related to Obamacare — as Republicans in Congress move to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading

AAAS CEO Rush Holt Says Concerns About Science Are Unprecedented; Issues Report ‘Connecting Scientists to Policy Around the World’

The Hon. Rush Holt

Boston, MA, February 21, 2017 — Researchers are concerned at unprecedented levels about how a new presidential administration may undermine scientific work and delay its benefits, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) CEO Rush Holt and AAAS President Barbara Schaal and said at a press event at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston earlier this month.

“It used to be when someone would say they were concerned about the state of science, they were talking about funding for research … these concerns about funding are not the ones being brought to me,” said Holt, who is a former New Jersey Congressman. Continue reading

Stevens Institute of Technology Provost Dr. Christophe Pierre Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Hoboken, NJ, February 21, 2017 — Dr. Christophe Pierre, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stevens Institute of Technology, has been named a Fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

An internationally recognized leader in the fields of vibrations, structural dynamics and nonlinear dynamics, Dr. Pierre has made research contributions in numerous areas of mechanical and aerospace engineering, including the dynamics of complex large-scale structural systems, and has been recognized for his pioneering work on mode localization in disordered structures. Continue reading

Stockton University’s 37th Annual Scholarship Benefit Gala Set for April 22 at Stockton Seaview

Galloway, NJ, February 20, 2017 — Stockton University’s 37th Annual Scholarship Benefit Gala will be held on Saturday, April 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m., with a format that allows guests to circulate and enjoy live entertainment and special menus in each of four spaces at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, 401 South New York Road in Galloway, N.J.

Proceeds raised support the Stockton University Foundation Benefit Gala Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provided over $110,000 in scholarships to 114 students last year. Continue reading

New Jersey Department of Health Seeks 2017 Population Health Heroes

Trenton, NJ, February 19, 2017 — The New Jersey Department of Health is seeking applications for its first Population Health Heroes Awards to recognize the state’s innovative leaders who are making system, policy and environmental changes that improve health.

“Across the state, there is incredible work being done to keep the well healthy, support those at risk for health problems and prevent those with chronic conditions from getting sicker,” Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett said. Continue reading