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Arthritis Industry Forum 2015

The Arthritis Foundation Makes an Impact at 2015 Industry Gathering

Ann Palmer Arthritis Industry ForumThe 2015 Arthritis Industry Forum (AIF) was held Oct. 7-8 in Washington, DC, convening stakeholders from the pharmaceutical, biotech and academic fields – along with federal agency and Capitol Hill staff – to discuss vital policy issues around arthritis. Presentations ranged from fascinating discussion about the future of identifying biomarkers on individualized treatment regimens to a profoundly moving photography collection depicting people with disabilities boldly expressing their beauty and strength.

Arthritis Foundation CEO Ann Palmer spoke about the organization’s continued growth since last year’s forum, as well as increased efficiencies and effectiveness. “My vision is that we become the Amazon.com for the arthritis community,” said Palmer, “a one-stop personalized destination for those affected by the disease to find resources, connect with their local communities, receive tailored help and get the advice they need to overcome everyday battles.”

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Arthritis Advocates Achieve More State Legislative Successes

Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia and Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee have both signed biosimilar legislation into law. Arthritis Foundation Advocates actively lobbied for both bills, meeting with legislators, testifying at hearings, writing letters, making phone calls and working to put patient safety issues associated with biosimilars in front  of the media.

Nathan Deal Bill Signing

The legislation will allow biosimilar medicines to be marketed in these states.  The new laws also require notifying patients and prescribers when biosimilars are dispensed instead of biologics.  Biologics have been vital for people with arthritis – increasing mobility, reducing pain and improving overall quality of life.

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