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.

Public Health

Trump Selects Alex Azar to Serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services

Alex Azar

Washington, DC, November 14, 2017 — President Donald J. Trump yesterday announced his nomination of Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive and a top health official during the George W. Bush administration, to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In announcing that he is nominating Azar to be secretary of the government’s largest civilian department, the president turned to a health policy insider and conservative thinker.

Azar spent a decade at Eli Lilly and Co., including five years as president of Lilly USA, its biggest affiliate, before stepping down in January to work as a health-care consultant. Continue reading

U.N. Report: Over Half of People with HIV Having Treatment for First Time

London, September 15, 2017 — The Associated Press’ Maria Cheng reported in July that, for the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations said in a report released Thursday.

AIDS deaths are also now close to half of what they were in 2005, according to the U.N. AIDS agency, although those figures are based on estimates and not actual counts from countries.

Experts applauded the progress, but questioned if the billions spent in the past two decades should have brought more impressive results. The U.N. report was released in Paris where an AIDS meeting begins this weekend. Continue reading

Senate Panel Strikes Deal to Extend Children’s Health Program (CHIP) Financing for 5 Years

Washington, DC, September 14, 2017 — Robert Pear reported in The New York Times that U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) on Tuesday announced that they had reached agreement on a plan to prevent the imminent exhaustion of federal funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, commonly known as CHIP.

The current appropriation runs out at the end of this month, and many states will exhaust their allotments of federal money later this year or early next year.

The agreement would provide federal funds for the program for five additional years. Continue reading

Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams Sworn in as 20th U.S. Surgeon General

Surgeon General Jerome Adams

Washington, DC, September 6, 2017 — In being sworn in on Tuesday as the nation’s 20th surgeon general, Jerome Adams, M.D., said his motto will be “Better health through better partnerships.”

That’s something Indiana’s former health commissioner said he learned from Vice President Pence, the man who administered Adams’ oath of office Tuesday, three years after having appointed Adams to the state job while serving as Indiana’s governor.

Dr. Adams replaces Sylvia Trent-Adams, who has been acting surgeon general since Mr. Trump ousted Dr. Vivek Murthy, a holdover from the Obama administration. Continue reading

New Jersey Celebrates National Health Center Week 2017 August 13-19

Trenton, NJ, August 12, 2017 — The New Jersey Department of Health will celebrate National Health Center Week 2017, which is August 13 to 14, by showcasing the comprehensive health care that is provided at more than 100 Federally Qualified Health Centers across the state with about 70 events.

Events will include free medical and dental screenings, information sessions about cancer prevention, improving birth outcomes, diabetes, nutrition and fitness, as well as back-to-school giveaways, food and entertainment for families.

Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett will speak at the kickoff event on Monday, August 14 at the Metropolitan Family Health Network in Jersey City from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Continue reading

Report: States’ Federal Medicaid Funding Could Drop 39 Percent Over Two Decades Under GOP Plan

Washington, DC, July 17, 2017The Hill reports that federal Medicaid funding could drop by as much as 39 percent over the next two decades under Senate Republicans’ healthcare plan, according to a report presented at the National Governors Association meeting.

The report, authored by the consulting firm Avalere Health, estimates that the GOP’s plan to overhaul large parts of the country’s healthcare system would offer deep cuts to Medicaid, ranging from 27 to 39 percent.

Among the states that would be hit the hardest by the cuts are California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Minnesota and Kentucky, among others that would see funding reductions of 35 percent or more. Continue reading

CDC Releases 40th Annual Report on Health of the U.S.; Features Long-Term Trends in Health and Health Care Delivery

Atlanta, GA, July 12, 2017 — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on June 28 released Health, United States, 2016, the 40th annual report on the health of the nation from the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the President and Congress.

This year’s report features a Chartbook on Long-Term Trends in health and health care delivery over the past 40 years.

From declines in cigarette smoking and increases in prescription drug use to changes in expenditures for hospitals and home health care, the annual report also explores population changes that have affected patterns of disease, as well as health care access and utilization since 1975.  Continue reading

Study: Mortality Rates for Elderly Have Decreased Every Year Since Creation of Medicare Part D

Washington, DC, July 11, 2017 — Nicole Longo reports that on PhRMA’s blog’s, The Catalyst’s, weekly “Medicare Monday” feature that “we’ve talked about how Medicare Part D’s competitive structure improves access to affordable prescription drug coverage for seniors and individuals with disabilities.”

“We’ve also talked about the positive impact Part D has had on America’s seniors. Today, we’re diving into how Part D has impacted mortality rates for seniors.”

In case you missed it, a recent study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that mortality rates for the elderly have decreased every year since the Part D program was implemented in 2006. Continue reading

Trump Administration Appoints Georgia Health Official Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald as CDC Director

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald

Washington, DC, July 10, 2017 — The Trump administration on Friday named Georgia Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald as the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Fitzgerald, 70, an obstetrician-gynecologist who has headed that state’s public health department since 2011, will succeed Tom Frieden, who stepped down in January after serving for eight years, longer than any director since the 1970s.

Anne Schuchat, a veteran CDC official, has been serving as acting director. Continue reading

Trump Nominates Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams as Surgeon General

Dr. Jerome Adams

Washington, DC, July 7, 2017 — President Donald J. Trump has nominated Dr. Jerome M. Adams, the health commissioner for Indiana and a strong advocate of needle exchanges to avoid the spread of disease, to be the surgeon general of the United States.

Dr. Adams would replace Sylvia Trent-Adams, who has been acting surgeon general since Mr. Trump ousted Dr. Vivek Murthy, a holdover from the Obama administration.

The surgeon general is often called “the nation’s doctor,” and works to improve public health. The surgeon general also oversees the 6,700 public health officers, many of whom work in underserved areas. Continue reading