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.

Drug Addiction

BIO Releases Plan to Unleash Innovation in Fight Against Opioid Abuse and Addiction

Washington, DC, November 9, 2017 — The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) on November 2 released a set of priorities for unleashing the power of innovation to develop solutions to prescription opioid abuse and addiction.

Many of BIO’s priorities align with recommendations put forth on November 1 by the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, including proposals to ensure that patients have comprehensive access to appropriate treatments, and increasing support for basic research to improve our understanding of the biology of pain and addiction.

Such recommendations outlined by the Commission include: Continue reading

PhRMA Announces Support for Seven-Day Script Limit on Opioid Medicines for Acute Pain

Washington, DC, October 3, 2017Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) President and CEO Stephen J. Ubl on September 27 issued the following statement regarding patient access to opioid medications:

“As part of our commitment to advancing a multifaceted solution to address the opioid crisis, today PhRMA is announcing it supports policies limiting the supply of opioids to seven days for acute pain treatment.

“We are taking this step because we believe the worsening opioid epidemic demands additional solutions, with new protections for patients. Continue reading

Rutgers Interview: New Treatment Delivery Methods of Medication for Opioid Addiction Show Promise

Dr. Petros Levounis

New Brunswick, NJ, March 3, 2017 — Rutgers Today’s Patti Verbanas spoke to Petros Levounis, professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and a member of the board of directors at the American Society of Addiction Medicine, about recent advancements in opioid treatment delivery methods and the most effective combination of therapies for recovery.

Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Nationwide, physicians and legislators are ramping up efforts to stem the escalating heroin and prescription opioid addiction crisis. Continue reading

Gov. Christie, Lawmakers Move on Aggressive Bill to Tackle NJ Addiction Crisis

Drug Abuse help 2Trenton, NJ, January 25, 2017 — Susan K. Livio reports in The Star-Ledger that far-reaching legislation Gov. Chris Christie outlined in his State of the State address that would prevent opioid addiction and reduce economic barriers to inpatient drug treatment is expected to get a hearing as early as next week, one of the prime sponsors of the bill confirmed Monday.

Gov. Christie, in his Jan. 11 speech, said he wanted the Democrat-controlled legislature to pass the insurance bill within 30 days, while ordering Attorney General Christopher Porrino to quickly adopt rules limits opioid prescriptions.

Though still in the draft stage, the aggressive bill requires insurance companies to admit addicts without delay into an inpatient treatment program regardless of their ability to pay, for a maximum of six months, according to Senate Health Committee Chairman Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex), one of bill’s prime sponsors. Continue reading

Governor Christie Launches ‘Help Is Within Reach’ Campaign; Unveils ReachNJ.gov and Helpline for Treatment, Services

Helpline christiesTrenton, NJ, January 20, 2017 — Further strengthening his commitment to helping those with substance abuse disease, as stated in his 2017 State of the State Address, Governor Chris Christie today launched a campaign to promote access to treatment and services for those impacted by addiction.

The new website, ReachNJ.gov, and helpline, 1-844-REACH-NJ, are designed to help those in need identify, prevent, treat and recover from substance abuse.

In this ad and throughout the campaign, Governor Christie will continue to emphasize that New Jersey is making it easier for residents to find resources available to them by going to the website or calling the help line. Continue reading

Gov. Christie Signs Executive Order Declaring Opioid Drug Abuse a Public Health Crisis; Creates Drug Abuse Task Force

Governor Chris Christie

Governor Chris Christie

Trenton, NJ, January 18, 2017 — Intensifying his Administration’s commitment in the fight against substance abuse, Governor Chris Christie yesterday signed Executive Order 219 declaring the opioid epidemic a public health crisis in New Jersey.

The action requires the marshalling of all appropriate resources to combat its harmful effects on state citizens.

“We must take aggressive action to get this insidious crisis under control so I am calling together all resources of state government in order to save lives,” said Governor Christie. Continue reading

Governor Christie Delivers 2017 State of the State Address; Focus Is on Combatting Drug Addiction

Governor Chris Christie

Governor Chris Christie

Trenton, NJ, January 10, 2017Governor Chris Christie delivered his 2017 State of the State Address this afternoon before members of the State Legislature. 

The following is the Governor’s address as Prepared for Delivery today:

This is the seventh time I have had the honor to step before the Legislature and the people of New Jersey to perform one of my duties as Governor. Article V, Section I, Paragraph 12 creates the constitutional requirement to report on the State of the State. As the one person independently elected by all New Jerseyans to state government, the Governor is the only person truly able to give the people this report.

For me, service to the people of this state has been my central responsibility every day of my life for the last fifteen years, first as U.S. Attorney and now as Governor. As I enter my eighth year as Governor, it is my honor and privilege to report on the State of the State I call home for me and my family. Continue reading

Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy

Washington, DC, November 18, 2016 — A new Surgeon General’s report released on November 16 finds alcohol and drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns.

Nearly 21 million Americans — more than the number of people who have all cancers combined — suffer from substance use disorders.

The new report, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, marks the first time a U.S. Surgeon General has dedicated a report to substance misuse and related disorders. Continue reading

Governor Christie Announces Collaboration with New York in Fight Against Drug Addiction

Opioid Abuse 1Trenton, NJ, April 27, 2016 ― Governor Chris Christie announced yesterday that the States of New Jersey and New York have joined forces in the national fight against heroin and opioid addiction by sharing data to track prescription sales of narcotic painkillers and other drugs that often lead to addiction.

“New Jersey and New York share a close relationship in which our residents regularly travel between the states for business and pleasure,” Governor Christie said.  “Today we’re coming together for another purpose — to fight the devastating scourge of drug addiction.”

“By tracking the sale of prescription opioids across our state lines, doctors and prescribers in New Jersey and New York can work together to identify addicts seeking new places to feed their devastating habit,” the Governor said. Continue reading

HHS Awards $94 Million to Health Centers to Treat Prescription Opioid Abuse and Heroin Epidemic in America

Recovery Sign-postWashington, DC, March 12, 2016 ― Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell yesterday announced $94 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 271 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations.

“The opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States today,” said Secretary Burwell.  “Expanding access to medication-assisted treatment and integrating these services in health centers bolsters nationwide efforts to curb opioid misuse and abuse, supports approximately 124,000 new patients accessing substance use treatment for recovery and helps save lives.”

The abuse of and addiction to opioids, such as heroin and prescription pain medication, is a serious and increasing public health problem.

Approximately 4.5 million people in the United States were non-medical prescription pain reliever users in 2013, and an estimated 289,000 were current heroin users. Continue reading