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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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    Between the 1950s and the 1980s, the antipsychotic medications available to treat this devastating mental illness were a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they helped control symptoms like hallucinations and paranoid thoughts. But they also had unpleasant side effects, like muscle stiffness, t...Read More
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    Pharmaceutical discovery has benefited from a remarkable revolution in technology, from its early beginnings with the introduction of aspirin to the discovery of drugs that target specific genes that cause disease. Today, pharmaceutical innovation looks very different than it did 100 years ago, 50...Read More
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    Pharmacy benefit design has an important, direct influence on adherence to medicines. Higher copays and restrictive benefits lead to a reduction in use of medicines and can increase total medical costs in the long run.

    A synthesis of the literature by researchers at RAND Health found a 2-6 percent...Read More
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    Patient assistance programs are for all individuals in need, not solely for those over 65. In fact, more than 80 percent of patients helped by the PPA are not Medicare-eligible. The PPA will continue to help these individuals, and millions like them across the country, with the programs that best...Read More
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    A patient who may be eligible for one or more programs can use the information provided to contact the relevant program sponsors, and in many cases, he can fill out the relevant application forms online and then print out nearly completed forms. A patient must add or attach the required information and...Read More
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    "The health of our nation’s economy is inextricably linked to the health of our nation’s citizens – a connection made clear by the immense impact increasing Medicare costs will have on the Federal budget in the coming years, among many other examples” said Debra Lappin, president of Council for American...Read More
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    If your provider recommends that you start taking a new prescription drug, here are some questions to ask:
    •How will the medicine help treat my illness?
    •What are the benefits versus the risks of taking it?
    •What steps can I take to make sure it works best for me?
    •When should I follow up to...Read More
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    The FDA serves as a consumer watchdog—it makes sure that safe and effective drugs are available to improve the health of patients who need them. The FDA evaluates new drugs before they can be sold and ensures that prescription and over-the-counter drugs, both brand name and generic, work correctly and...Read More
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    In this final stage, the FDA scientists review all the results from all the studies carried out over the years and determine if they show that the medicine is safe and effective enough to be approved.

    Depending on the medicine or disease in question, the FDA sometimes convenes an Advisory Committee...Read More
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    A large body of research shows that proper use of medicines can help offset overall medical costs by preventing or delaying the need for other costly services, such as emergency room visits and hospitalizations. For example, a 2009 Medicare study found that use of prescription drugs reduced hospi...Read More
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    Although most cases occur in adults over the age of 60, leukemia does not discriminate between the young and the old. It is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among children and young adults under the age of 20. However, the death rate for leukemia in children ages 0 to 14 in the United States...Read More
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    No. However, on rare occasions, negative side effects for a particular drug may become apparent after it’s been approved for the general population and large numbers of patients begin using it. In those cases, the FDA and pharmaceutical companies work together to educate the public about those risks...Read More
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    In 2011, the first American Baby Boomers will turn 65. Members of the demographic bulge that transformed American politics and culture are expected to usher in yet another momentous change — a huge increase in the number of Alzheimer's disease patients.

    Although Alzheimer's is not a natural condition...Read More
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    Exposing the pharmaceutical distribution system to imported medicines raises the risk of counterfeit or substandard drugs creeping into our nation’s medicine supply. Even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under both Democratic and Republican administrations, has stated that it could not assure...Read More
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    America’s pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies are developing 234 medicines for the special health care needs of children, according to a new report released by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

    According to statistics from the American Cancer

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