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Date: December 13th, 2016

President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law on December 13, 2016. The Cures Act will hasten how drugs and medical devices are reviewed and authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Alliance recently released a statement on the Cures Act. Read it here.    Last month, the ACT-AD (Accelerate Cures/Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease) Coalition hosted its Ninth Annual FDA/Alzheimer's Disease Allies Meeting to discuss the current state of Alzheimer's disease treatment development. You can find a full recap


Break Out Your Pantookas and Drums, It is Time to Reauthorize the UFAs

Date: December 13th, 2016

Even if you choose not to celebrate a holiday, it is difficult to ignore that it is the holiday season. That means it is time for our televisions to subject us to no fewer than 25 days of holiday classics. A favorite for many is Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” In the cartoon adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ book, the lonely and small-hearted Grinch, dressed as Santa Claus, carries out an evening of indiscriminate pilfering of precious belongings across


Highlights from This Year in Public Policy

Date: December 9th, 2015

This year marked many important policy issues that were of interest to the Alliance. For this edition of Get Mad before You Get Old, we highlight some of the ongoing issues of interest. Reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) program The Prescription Drug User Fee Act, or PDUFA, passed in 1992, authorized the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin collecting fees from drug sponsors to give it more resources to review new drugs more quickly. Since then it


White Paper Lays Out Case for Increased Vaccination in Older Adults

Date: August 4th, 2015

As we recognize National Immunization Awareness Month in August, the Alliance has released a groundbreaking new paper titled Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults. Vaccinations are considered an essential component of our health system, protecting us from diseases such as influenza, chickenpox, and measles. Getting their kids vaccinated is a routine part of life for most parents, and increasing vaccination rates in children remains an area of high importance among medical experts and organizations. However, there is another demographic where vaccinations serve an important


Can We Work the Bugs Out? In Search of the Next-Generation IPAB

Date: July 1st, 2011

An IPAB is not the latest device created by Apple to play music or store your online files. IPAB is the Independent Payment Advisory Board and its purpose is to oversee costs in Medicare. The only similarity between IPAB and an iPAD is that both are small and complex units with tremendous power to change lives. But for those receiving their health care under the Medicare program, IPAB’s changes may not be for the better. The IPAB was part of the


What is the 510(k)? Balancing Benefits, Safety, and Patient Needs

Date: July 1st, 2010

What does a tongue depressor have in common with an artificial knee and a heart monitor? This is not trick question or an unsolvable riddle—all three are medical devices that must go through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval. Many of us are exposed to medical devices on a regular basis but few of us give much thought to who develops these products, and even fewer take the time to consider how their benefits and safety were