Pain & Addiction

Long-term solutions to combating the opioid crisis will depend upon the development of novel and safer, next-generation therapies to treat both pain and addiction. To get these new innovations to the patients whose lives depend on them, the policy and regulatory environment keeps pace with advances happening in the lab.

The Future Rest on Three Legs
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1. Advance our understanding of the biology of pain and addiction to enable the development of innovative treatments for pain and addiction and ensure appropriate and optimal use of existing therapies

  • Support a more comprehensive understanding of the preclinical pain and addiction environment

  • Support investment in research at National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other major centers focused on the biology of pain and addiction

2. Ensure patients suffering from pain or addiction are able to receive the right treatment at the right time with the right support, without stigma

  • Remove coverage and reimbursement barriers that are preventing patient-centric decisions about and access to the most effective treatments for pain and addiction

  • Advance implementation of and adherence to laws and regulations protecting and promoting access to resources for comprehensive pain and addiction treatment

Patient Suffering
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3. Stimulate research & development (R&D) of innovative treatments that effectively treat pain and opioid addiction and prevent abuse

  • Increase leadership engagement, expertise, and resources within the FDA & DEA to promote effective and efficient review of innovative treatments for pain and addiction

  • Modernize and streamline drug development and review processes to enable effective and efficient drug development and review, and stimulate investment in innovation

  • Establish and utilize expedited approval pathways and other incentives to stimulate innovation

Letters, Comments & Testimony
November 18, 2019
Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) comments on the FDA docket, Standards for Future Opioid Analgesic Approvals and Incentives for New Therapeutics to Treat Pain and Addiction. BIO also believes that risks associated with opioid therapies can be surmounted through further…
July 30, 2021
BIO regularly publishes reports that help us assess the health of the biopharmaceutical pipeline across different diseases so that we can identify and remove barriers to providing next generation cures and treatments to patients and their families. I will highlight three such analyses with a focus…
July 27, 2021
COVID-19 will not be our last public health emergency.  We face numerous bio-threats from natural and bioterror threats.  Strong support for medical countermeasures R&D is critical to protecting our national security. Today I will share BIO’s thoughts on how to strengthen our…
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