Since its initial passing in 1992, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) has done wonders to improve the Federal Drug Administration's (FDA) process for analyzing and reviewing new medicines. Every renewal of PDUFA - which happens every five years - has pinpointed areas of federal policy in need of change and provided the solutions. Increased resources and staff, shortened review periods, and earlier launch dates--all PDUFA byproducts--have made it easier for the right medicines to get into the hands of the people who need them most.
Whether it's the vivid details of a breakup, a star-spangled rodeo, or a dog running away from home, country singers have a special way of telling stories. The country fans out there will recognize the rodeo reference I just made as a line from the Rhinestone Cowboy himself, Glen Campbell. Old-school fans of twang and the country-curious will all have the opportunity to hear the special story of Glen Campbell's life this weekend when CNN airs the documentary film "Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me."
Do you remember a quote from the last article you read online? How about the last funny GIF you saw? Most likely, one comes to mind before the other. Images have a strong emotional factor and those emotions have a powerful pull on us. It comes as no surprise that messages with imagery perform exponentially better that those with plain text. In fact, 40% of people will respond better to visual information.
Struggling to find a Father's Day present? We have an idea for you: The gift of health. June represents National Men's Health Month, a time to focus on improving the health of the men in our lives. Men's Health Month has been going on for more than 30 years, and while some of the statistics have changed, several themes are still the same.
The BIO Convention is officially over, but I can't stop thinking about some of the insightful conversations that occurred over the course of the week in Philadelphia. As you might have noticed by my Tuesday recap post, I found myself particularly inspired by the focus on integrating the patient voice into the development, regulation, and policy of new medicines. At a panel titled Speak Up: The Role of Patient Advocates in Shaping Regulatory and Science Policy, Lilly USA President, Alex Azar noted, "The voice of the advocate is heard whenever they choose to use them." This statement got me thinking about the role social media and digital technology play in elevating and amplifying the patient voice for health care decision making.
It's been a great (and humid) first few days at this year's BIO International Convention in Philadelphia. Every year, the BIO International Convention brings together stakeholders from throughout health care and biotechnology fields to discuss the best ways to accelerate innovation around the world. Over the last couple years, the role of the patient voice in drug development has continued to become an increasingly important topic. But this year, the discussion seems to have hit an all-time high! With ongoing conversations about the 21st Century Cures Act and upcoming discussions on PDUFA VI, it's clear that "patient focused" drug development is more than just another buzz word.
Today's guest blog comes from Melissa Akinlawon, MAHC, the Advocacy Coordinator for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education. With more than 13,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients.
For the past few weeks, John Lennon's Imagine has been playing on continuous loop in my head, and I couldn't for the life of me figure out why. Then it dawned on me. Last week's Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) held in New York City on June 4-5, rallied around the theme, "Imagine All The People: The Future of Civic Tech."
You don't have to go to D.C. to have your voice heard on the Hill. In-district meetings and virtual lobbying play an important role in a successful advocacy campaign. As digital tools become more widely available and social media savvy politicians become the norm, there's much more flexibility in advocacy. But what digital tools will boost your efforts and still keep the same sense of urgency as lobbying on The Hill?
I woke up this morning thinking "TGIF"--but not just because I'm looking forward to the weekend. Believe it or not, today is National Donut Day, which donut shops all over the country celebrate by giving away free treats. And while this holiday gives us a great reason to treat ourselves, it also allows me to talk about another kind of donut--the Medicare "donut hole," the common name for the coverage gap experienced by many Medicare beneficiaries.