2012 RARE Patient Advocacy Summit – Session #1 – Political Advocacy – You Have The Power!

A discussion about the power you have in political advocacy at the federal, state and local levels. One voice – yours! – makes a world of difference …

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Friends-Brookings Conference on Clinical Cancer Research

Friends of Cancer Research & the Brookings Institute:
November 14, 2012 – 8:30am- 3:00pm – The Washington Marriott – Washington, DC
Morning Keynote: Harold Varmus, M.D., Director, National Cancer Institute
Afternoon Keynote: Margaret Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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Life-Threatening Diseases Compassion through Combination Therapy Act of 2012, HR 6502

New Legislation Would Provide Exclusivity Add-on for Significant Drug Combinations

By Kurt R. Karst, FDA Law Blog

Legislation co-sponsored by Representatives Brian Bilbray (R-CA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and supported by the Melanoma Research Foundation, seeks to encourge the development of so-called “significant drug combinations” by offering the carrot of an extension of marketing exclusivity.

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FDA Considers Faster Approval Process for Obesity Drugs

Bloomberg News:  By Anna Edney on October 11, 2012

Obesity treatments, life-saving antibiotics and other drugs deemed to offer societal benefit despite their risks may get speedier U.S. approvals under plans being discussed to better balance innovation and safety.

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Patient-Focused Drug Development – Oct. 25th FDA Public Meeting

As part of the performance commitments of the fifth authorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V), FDA has published a notice in the Federal Register related to Patient-Focused Drug Development, an initiative that provides for a more systematic approach to obtaining the patient perspective on certain disease areas in PDUFA V.

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Time=Lives: A New Social Media Campaign from FasterCures

Saving time in medical research means saving lives. That’s the theme of a new social media campaign by FasterCures, designed to elevate the profile of medical research on the national agenda and underscore the toll of a slow, inefficient research system on every life. Through personal stories and compelling graphics, Time=Lives explains why medical research matters.

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Life-Threatening Diseases Compassion through Combination Therapy Act of 2012 (H.R. 6502)

Legislation co-sponsored by Representatives Brian Bilbray (R-CA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and supported by the Melanoma Research Foundation, seeks to encourage the development of so-called “significant drug combinations” by offering the carrot of an extension of marketing exclusivity.

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My Experience on Capitol Hill: Rare Disease Lobby Day

By Laura Welch

 I am a 33-year-old mother of a 2-year-old boy and wife to a wonderful US Soldier.  In July 2011 we moved from Seattle to DC. Hello sunshine!

On August 18, 2011,  I was diagnosed with Epitheliod Sarcoma (ES), a rare and aggressive form of cancer.  I did what anyone in this day and age would do; I consulted the bible that is Google!  The prognosis was bleak, to put it mildly. However, I am of the mindset that if this disease is so rare that it has little data available, I will make my own data and try not to dwell on the figures in front of me.

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Opportunity to Learn From AIDS Activists – Documentary Screenings

ACT UP and their colleagues fought for nine years before winning life-saving medications. They organized a mass movement, they took to the streets, they made art, they made noise, they made a difference. Their tools included clear demands, arresting graphics, media savvy, and an ability to learn from their mistakes and refine their strategies. And a sense of humor, when appropriate, in combination with their urgent and ethical message.

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POLITICO Pro’s Deep Dive: The Future of the FDA

The POLITICO Pro Health care team takes an in-depth look at the future and policies of the FDA.  Special guests include: Friends of Cancer Research’s Dr. Jeff Allen; The Pew Charitable Health Group’s Allan Coukell; Biotechnology Industry Organization’s Sara Radcliffe and the FDA’s Dr. Janet Woodcock.

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