GMOs — No Room for Imaginary Problems

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Agricultural production faces a steep challenge as the world population is expected to grow from 7 billion to 10 billion by 2050.  Many aspects of agriculture and consumer expectations will change in order for another 3 billion people to sit at the table. The agricultural retooling will take place while nations juggle environmental factors such […]

Stratospheric Drug Prices Are Curable

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Most of American’s activity is focused on work, education, entertainment, and social interactions. Some exercise intentionally to maintain their health and some get healthful exercise through their employment, but it’s unlikely that much of our attention is focused on health care.  One sixth of our economy is tied to health care, but we can remain […]

A Welcomed Primary Care Provider

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The scheduling delay for a routine appointment with one of America’s 210,000 primary care doctors seems to be measured in weeks, even when the doctor’s practice is already the patient’s medical home.  New patient appointments often take six weeks.  For a good ophthalmologist, 2 or three months seems to be a normal wait.  Medical care […]

ACI in Forbes: FDA Action Can Save Lives, Money

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Dr. Joseph Fuhr, Jr., professor of Economics and a senior fellow at ACI, wrote a piece on how biosimilar competition could provide wider choice and cheaper access to lifesaving drugs for patients, but the FDA needs to write the rules necessary to permit competitive entry. His piece is available to read and print at Forbes.

ACI in the Huffington Post: FDA Delays Will Cost Money and Lives

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This article, written by ACI president Steve Pociask, discusses the benefits of biosimilar dugs.  These drugs are generic-like versions of lifesaving brand named biopharmaceutical drugs, called biologics.  Europe has had biosimilar competition since 2006, but the U.S. has yet to approve a single biosimilar drug for U.S. patients.  The article calls on the FDA to accelerate its rulemaking and write […]

FDA’s Continued Delay Could Cost Lives

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Just last week, Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG applied to create the first generic version of a brand named biologic drug for use in the United States. Their drug, a white blood cell stimulant, would be of great benefit to millions of cancer patients spending every last dime on incredibly expensive biologics.  Generic versions of name […]

ACI Asks FDA: Write Rules for Biosimilar Drug Market Entry

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July 10, 2014 Ms. Margaret A. Hamburg Commissioner U.S. Food and Drug Administration 10903 New Hampshire Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20993 Dear Commissioner Hamburg: On behalf of The American Consumer Institute (ACI), a nonprofit educational and research organization, we are writing to raise an issue of critical concern regarding the naming of biosimilar drugs.  We […]

ACI Experts Write on the Health and Economic Effects of Counterfeit Drugs

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Today’s American Health & Drug Benefits (AH&DB) Journal, a peer-reviewed forum, published an article written by three ACI experts — Erwin A. Blackstone, Professor of Economics at Temple University; Joseph P. Fuhr, Jr., Professor of Economics at Widener University; and Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer Institute, Center for Citizen Research.  The article can […]

ACI in Pittsburgh Gazette: PA’s Heavy Hand in Private Contracts

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Imagine an instance where McDonald’s was mandated to purchase fries from Burger King – or GM was required to buy auto parts from Ford. Intuitively and economically, this does not make sense. Yet, that is exactly what the legislature is trying to do in Pennsylvania. The two parties in question though do not make fries […]

Physician Control over Electronic Health Records

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Technical questions on how to build and store an electronic health record (EHR) are trivial compared with the more visceral issues of who should own it, what it should contain, and who can input into it.  By 2012, 70% of physicians had faced those questions, made tentative decisions, and taken on an EHR system. Today, […]