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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 PPARx fit within the existing healthcare system?

    Patient assistance programs have been a part of the health care system for a long time, providing millions of people with free or nearly free medicines. The mission of the PPARx prescription assistance program is to increase awareness of and enrollment in existing patient assistance programs for...Read More
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    What are the essential things I should discuss with my doctor?

    II’s easy to feel hurried or rushed when visiting your healthcare provider. At a minimum, you should make sure you discuss:
    •your medical history;
    •your family history;
    •your symptoms;
    •your lifestyle factors, such as diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol consumption, and stress;
    •current medicines...Read More
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    What role do doctors and healthcare providers play in the PPARx program?

    Healthcare providers play a crucial role in spreading the word that patients in need can get free or nearly free prescription medicines. Doctors, nurses, and other health care providers can also log on to PPARx to get information on patient assistance programs. Doctors will also be responsible for...Read More
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    What are the top health challenges for seniors?

    Topping the health challenges for seniors are heart disease, cancer and cerebrovascular disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hypertension alone affects 67 percent of those aged 60 and older. Chronic lower respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and flu...Read More
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    What is Rx Response and how does it help patients when a disaster hits?

    In the event of a severe public health emergency, one of the many critical factors in preserving and protecting public health will be continued access to essential medicines—for treatment of injury or illness caused by the event, as well as continued supply of essential day-to-day medicines to patients for the...Read More
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    How many new medicines are being developed for children?

    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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    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