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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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    How does Rx Response determine a severe public health emergency?

    Because existing relief plans and emergency medical service programs are sufficient to address local or smaller regional public health emergencies, the Rx Response program will focus on addressing
    major domestic public health emergencies of national significance rather than those emergencies that...Read More
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    What are the results of patients not taking medications as prescribed?

    Not taking medicines as prescribed increases health care costs and exacts a significant human toll. Poor adherence is associated with increased hospitalizations, nursing home admissions, physician visits, and avoidable healthcare costs.

    Relative to patients with high levels of adherence, the risk of poor...Read More
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    What makes patients less likely to take their medicines as prescribed?

    Patients’ reasons for non-adherence are varied and complex, though researchers have identified some common predictors of poor adherence. These include:

    • psychological problems, particularly depression;
    • cognitive impairment;
    • asymptomatic disease;
    • inadequate follow-up or discharge planning;...Read More
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    How can new medicines help reduce the cost of my heart disease treatment?

    A January 2004 study by Duke researchers found that "beta-blocker therapy improves the clinical outcomes of heart failure patients and is cost saving to society and Medicare." The study, which was written before enactment of the Medicare drug benefit, notes: "If medication costs were completely reimbursed...Read More
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    How many adults admit not always taking their medications as prescribed?

    Three out of four adults acknowledge not always taking their medicines as directed.
    Poor adherence to medicines takes many forms, and nearly 75 percent of adults report engaging in one or more nonadherent behaviors. While the most common form of
    non-adherence is simply forgetting to take a prescribed...Read More
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    What is medication adherence?

    Medication adherence is the extent to which the patient follows the doctor’s instructions about the timing, dosage and frequency of prescribed medicines. Read More
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    What is the value of new and better medicines?

    The value of new and better medicines stems not only from the improved treatment of disease, but also from a reduction in other health care costs, increased productivity and better quality of life.
    For people who are ill and their families, new medicines offer hope of curing or controlling disease, preventing...Read More
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    What are some alternatives that help patients access medications?

    Until 2014, when all Americans can access high-quality and affordable healthcare coverage, there are alternatives that can help patients access medicines:
    •The Medicare prescription drug program is working and has helped more than 40 million seniors and America’s disabled save on average $1,200...Read More
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    Who is involved in the PPARx prescription assistance program?

    The PPARx prescription assistance program brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, patient advocacy organizations and civic groups to help low-income, uninsured patients get free or nearly free brand-name medicines. Its mission is to increase awareness of and enrollment in existing...Read More
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    What happens in clinical trials of drugs?

    In clinical trials teams of physicians carry out studies designed to determine if the drug is safe in people and an effective treatment for the disease in question. Of the 250 compounds that enter preclinical testing, only five will make it this far.
    There are three phases of clinical trials:
    •Phase...Read More
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    How is the search for new medicines improving?

    Over the past 10 years, a wave of scientific advances and new technologies has dramatically changed how medicines are discovered. "Screening" tools, which help researchers sort through millions of compounds in a short period, have drastically reduced the time and cost associated with discovering...Read More
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    Are new discoveries still being made in the field of medicine?

    Yes. The tremendous push being made into new frontiers of science is beginning to bear fruit. Earlier this year, for example, FDA approved the first anti-cancer medicine based on angiogenesis inhibition, which kills tumors by restricting their blood supply. It took three decades of research in this field...Read More
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    Does Alzheimer's disease affect people younger than 65?

    Some 5.1 million people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older, but an estimated 500,000 people younger than 65 either have Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Read More
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    How is PPARx connecting seniors to the Medicare Drug Benefit program?

    Seniors who contact the PPA are provided background and enrollment information on the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit. Read More
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    What is a new drug application?

    Once all three phases of the clinical trials are complete, a company analyzes all of the data. If the findings demonstrate that the experimental medicine is both safe and effective, the company files an NDA with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

    NDAs typically run 100,000 pages or...Read More