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Making the Case for Paying the High Cost of Orphan Drugs

What exactly is an orphan drug, and why are they so expensive? According to the FDA, orphan drug status “is given to drugs and biologics which are defined as those intended for the safe and effective treatment, diagnosis or prevention of rare diseases/disorders that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S., or that affect […]

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May is National Mental Health Awareness Month!!

Mental Health Awareness Month is observed throughout the month of May in the U.S. and it’s purpose is to raise awareness about mental illnesses such as: depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. It also helps bring attention to suicide, which many times is associated with mental illness. It’s important to dedicate a month to Mental Health […]

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Considerations for Developing a Robust Competitive Intelligence Program for Biotechnology

Keeping on top of competitive intelligence in the biotechnology industry can be a daunting task to say the least. But developing a robust competitive intelligence program is imperative in the highly competitive field of biotechnology. The first place to start with a competitive intelligence program is to ensure that the CI team is fully versed […]

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Just How “Similar” Will Biosimilars Be, and What Considerations Should Be Used When Evaluating Biosimilars and Their Impact on The Overall Healthcare Market?

Just how “Similar Will Biosimilars be? I think this is the billion dollar question as everyone, including the president, seems to think that Biosimilars are a great idea. After all, as a country, we’ve had many years’ experience with generic products; their safety, efficacy, and all of the savings that come with them. There’s no […]

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Can You Afford The “Employer Mandate” under the Affordable Care Act?

With all of the proposed rules just released, minimum essential benefits, tax penalties, and looming deadlines – are you sure you can afford the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act? What if you just change your business model and make all of your employees part-time, or restructure your business into several smaller “business units” […]

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Consumers: Are You Really Ready For the Future of Healthcare Reform?

Take a moment to think about how you feel about your doctor/patient relationship now? How much time does your primary care doctor spend with you during an office visit; 15 minutes, 10 minutes, or maybe just 5 – be honest? And what about wait times, are you waiting more than 30 minutes to get in […]

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December 1st is WORLD AIDS DAY!!

Each year, World AIDS Day is held on December1st, and it provides an opportunity for everyone worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for their friends, family members and loved-ones living with the disease and to remember those who have unfortunately lost their battle with AIDS. World AIDS Day boasts the […]

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PHARMA, HOW DO YOU VERIFY COMPLIANCE WITH YOUR FORMULARY REBATE AGREEMENT?

You’ve spent countless hours and energy carefully negotiating the terms and conditions for payment of rebates (or net unit pricing) with your assigned payer- account and both parties have finally signed the agreement. Now, how do you go about ensuring compliance with the agreement? It’s not so easy now, is it? There was a time […]

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ARE GENERIC OR OTC DRUGS REALLY JUST AS GOOD AS THEIR BRANDED COUNTER-PARTS?

Consumers are enjoying a time like never before in the the history of pharmaceutical products: the “pharmaceutical patent cliff”. What does the “pharmaceutical patent cliff” really mean for consumers? Well, almost a whopping 80% of the block-buster/budget-busting prescription drugs of the past have either gone generic or have been approved for over-the-counter use through loss […]

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Organize Your Work-Life With the iAnnotate PDF app!!!

Anyone who knows me will say I’m addicted to my iPad… Ok, I guess I fall asleep with it a lot, and once last week it slipped out of my sleepy hands and bonked my husband on the head – boy was he mad!! So yes, guilty as charged. And I’m a workaholic, I admit […]

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