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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a vast government bureaucracy, employs about 17,500 people and had a budget of $5.7 billion in 2019. Yet even with its enormous resources, the FDA these days relies more and more on patients to provide feedback on therapy development, set regulatory priorities, and contribute to patient-reported outcomes. Starting with an HIV/AIDS patient group in the late ’80s, further expanding into oncology and other life-threatening health issues in the...

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More than a quarter of patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged, most often due to sickle cell crisis, according to a recent U.S. nationwide study. This high rate of readmissions was associated with a significant financial burden on the healthcare system, the researchers said in the study, titled “Epidemiology and Predictors of all-cause 30-Day readmission in patients with sickle cell crisis” and published in...