CA Access News

April 2012


In this Issue: Features | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information | Contact Us


Academic-Industry Partnerships for Biopharmaceutical Research & Development: Advancing Medical Science in the U.S

Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, April 2012

A new study by the Tufts University Center for the Study of Drug Development explores the breadth and nature of partnerships between biopharmaceutical companies and academic medical centers (AMCs). In recent years, partnerships have become an increasingly common approach to achieve public health objectives or to produce health-related products. Partners generally share certain risks and exchange intellectual, financial, and in-kind and/or human resources as mutually agreed upon. The close and synergistic relationship between these sectors is critical to ensuring a robust national biomedical research capacity in the U.S.

Read More

Study Results

PDUFA Update

The reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) - considered to be must-pass legislation by the end of September at the latest - is moving forward with strong bipartisan support, along with support from the FDA and other stakeholders, including the biopharmaceutical sector. According to the anticipated schedule, as it currently stands, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee is expected to markup the legislation on April 26, with a full committee markup on May 8. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee markup is scheduled for April 25. These markups would precede the legislation going before the full House and full Senate.

Partner Spotlight

Challenges of the 21st Century

By John Kehoe

The 20th Century brought baby boomers forward from the 10,000,000 men who served heroically in World War II. When peace took place and these men, plus the women who served in a variety of ways resumed their family development, children came from these new starts. Hence the popular reference to "baby boomers." The very large addition to our population added new challenges wherever the boom impacted. This started in the area of housing, education, transportation, community planning, health care, community colleges, higher education, jobs and now retirement. New lifestyles for older Americans are unfolding.

As a nation, we generously supported the efforts to keep Americans healthy, and to assist in the planning for retirement. Social Security was designed to offer support in the leisure years. Medicare was designed to support quality health care. These entitlement programs, plus the research in new ways to live better, have provided for Americans living longer and far longer than their families before. The 21st Century presents the price tag for all of these gigantic steps of the past. Americans are struggling with the high percentage of the Gross National Product which is being directed to health care. There are no easy answers, and no quick fixes as politicians might be inclined to hope for. If all of the "players" can work together, the genius of America from the past should find a way to build the pieces together to match the expectations of the 21st Century.


Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!

Hepatitis C: Understanding and Combating a Hidden Disease

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Bank of America Rooms A, B & C
350 South Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Guest Speaker: Dr. Sammy Saab, MD, MPH, AGAF
Associate Professor of Medicine & Surgery
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Head, Outcomes Research in Hepatology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

CPAT is proud to co-host this event with American Liver Foundation, Minority Health Institute Inc. and The Wall Las Memorias.

Would you like to see your organization's event listed? Contact Jason Dumont at to help advertise your upcoming event.

Welcome New Partners

Join Now

Coachella Valley Health Collaborative

Family Service Association

Genesis Consultants

Providence Little Company of Mary

Temple Women’s Center

Two individual partners

Do you know a group who would be interested in joining CPAT? Please send your referrals to:

Northern California - Contact Jason Dumont at

Southern California - Contact Brandon Stephenson at

In the News

California Picks Counties For Medicaid, Medicare Demonstration Project

By Jon Kamp
Dow Jones Newswires, April 5, 2012

California has picked four counties for a demonstration program to improve coverage for hundreds of thousands of people who qualify for Medicare and Medicaid, and analysts said insurer Health Net Inc. (HNT) could benefit significantly from the move.

A potential expansion to six more counties for California's demonstration project for "dual eligible" patients could also carry big benefits for Molina Healthcare Inc. (MOH). Further state and federal authority will be needed to grow beyond the initial four counties, and the federal agency for the government health plans has to sign off on the entire California demonstration project.

California has about 1.1 million dual eligible patients, more than any other state. These patients often have very expensive health needs, yet don't always receive the best care because the government health plans for the elderly and poor work in different ways. This can confuse patients and add costs.

Read more

Healthcare pricing still a struggle for consumers

By Chad Terhune
Los Angeles Times, April 15, 2012

Californians are still struggling to get straight answers about the cost of common medical procedures despite state efforts aimed at lifting the veil on medical pricing.

As consumers shoulder a larger share of their healthcare costs, the ability to comparison shop is key to keeping that care affordable. Medical costs borne by U.S. employees have more than doubled since 2002 to more than $8,000 a year, while the median household income has dropped 4%.

Under a state law that took effect in 2006, hospitals must publish their average charges for the most common procedures on a state website. But relatively few take the extra step of listing prices on their own websites, where people are more likely to be looking for pricing information, according to healthcare experts.

Read more

State website

The Simple Idea That Is Transforming Health Care

By Laura Landro
Wall Street Journal, April 16, 2012

A very simple question is changing the delivery of medical care:

How is your health affecting your quality of life?

For decades, numbers drove the treatment of diseases like asthma, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. Public-health officials focused on reducing mortality rates and hitting targets like blood-sugar levels for people with diabetes or cholesterol levels for those with heart disease.

Doctors, of course, are still monitoring such numbers. But now health-care providers are also adding a whole different, more subjective measure -- how people feel about their condition and overall well-being. They're pushing for programs where nurses or trained counselors meet with people and ask personal questions like: Is your condition inhibiting your life? Is it making you less happy? Does it make it hard to cope day to day? Then the counselors offer advice about managing those problems and follow up regularly.

Read more

Interesting Information

Hepatitis C: Know the Facts

An estimated four million individuals in the United States are infected with hepatitis C (HCV) -- four times the number of Americans with HIV. However, 75 percent of these individuals with hepatitis C are unaware they are infected.

Two of every three people with chronic hepatitis C in this country are baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 who were infected decades ago. For these people, the consequences of not knowing they are infected can be deadly. And with this generation fast approaching Medicare eligibility, failure to act will cost billions - costs for HCV patients are projected to more than double over the next 20 years, from $30 billion to $85 billion per year.

Fortunately, people with hepatitis C can be cured. Those cured significantly reduce their risk of progressing to decompensated cirrhosis, liver failure, liver cancer or death compared to those who are not cured.

Read more


925 L Street, Suite 260
Sacramento, CA 95814

Supported by America's Pharmaceutical Research Companies


If you do not wish to receive future issues of CA Access News, please send an e-mail to requesting to be deleted from the mailing list. Please be sure to include the e-mail address where you are receiving newsletters.