Our Mission

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. PhRMA companies are leading the way in the search for new cures. PhRMA members alone invested an estimated $45.8 billion in 2009 in discovering and developing new medicines. Industry-wide research and investment reached a record $65.3 billion in 2009.

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  • PhRMA
    PhRMA answered:
    No drug is 100% safe and effective for all patients. Every drug, whether it is over-the-counter or prescription, carries some risks or potential side effects, and sometimes these side effects don’t become known until after the medicine has been made available to the general patient population. Th...Read More
  • PhRMA
    PhRMA answered:
    Pharmaceutical companies, the FDA, health care providers and patients all play important roles in monitoring drug safety. Once a new medicine is approved, the manufacturer is required to file safety reports with FDA every three months for three years, and then annually for as long as the drug is...Read More
  • PhRMA
    PhRMA answered:
    Drug safety is established incrementally through all stages of the development process. It is assessed early in the process through a series of laboratory tests, animal tests, and then with very small numbers of volunteer patients. Only after it’s clear that a drug is safe for people will it be tested in larger...Read More
  • PhRMA
    PhRMA answered:
    There are more than 3.6 billion prescriptions written per year in the U.S. and for the overwhelming majority of patients, those medicines have proven to be safe and effective.  According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), about 97% of the drugs it has approved over the past two decades are still on...Read More
  • PhRMA
    PhRMA answered:
    Although there is always room for improvement in patient safety, the United States has the world's best drug safety record.
    The FDA conducts rigorous reviews of each drug during an approval process that spans 10 to 15 years. FDA regulators thoroughly examine tens of thousands of pages of scientific...Read More
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    PhRMA answered:
    The safety monitoring continues for medicines long after FDA approval has been granted. Manufacturers are required to notify FDA immediately of any potential issues or concerns about a particular medicine. They also must submit summary reports to the FDA every three months on any "adverse events"...Read More
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    PhRMA answered:
    In 1992, Congress passed a law to increase the FDA’s resources and expedite the drug review process. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) imposes fees on pharmaceutical companies for every new drug application they submit. Since PDUFA was enacted, FDA has assessed pharmaceutical companies nearly...Read More
  • PhRMA
    PhRMA answered:
    Drug safety monitoring is an ongoing process that begins long before a product enters the marketplace and continues long after it has been made available to patients.

    In pre-clinical trials, laboratory experiments determine if a compound is a potential medicine. These are followed by clinical...Read More
  • PhRMA
    PhRMA answered:
    To reach the pharmacy shelf, a medicine must first undergo years of scientific tests to determine whether or not it is safe and effective in treating a particular disorder. These tests are part of an extensive, complex drug development and review process that involves teams of scientists, physicians,...Read More
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