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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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    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
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    What are some tips for throwing away medications?

    If your medicine is expired, you should get rid of it. You should also get rid of medicines that your doctor says you no longer need. Here are some tips for throwing away medicines:
    DO put the pills in a container with water and seal it tightly. Some pills do not come in their own container with...Read More
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    What is the Partnership for Prescription Assistance?

    There are many excellent medicines that can help people live healthier lives. At the same time, many Americans are uninsured and have trouble getting the medicines they need. America’s pharmaceutical research companies want to help.

    We want everyone who needs medicines to be able to get it. That’s...Read More
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    What are tips for parents of a child taking medication?

    Are you the parent of a child who takes medicines? If so, it is very important that
    you talk to your child about taking his medicines safely.

    1 ) Make sure your child knows why he or she is taking the medicine and what it is supposed to do.
    2) Remind your child to take his medicines.
    3) Pay attention...Read More
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    What are some helpful tips for older patients taking medication?

    If you’re taking more than one medication, use a daily checklist or separate each day’s medicines to be sure you take the correct amounts.
    1) Read the label three times and never take medicine in the dark.
    2) Wear your reading glasses when you read prescription labels.
    3) If it is hard for you...Read More
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    What questions should I ask my doctor about my medicines?

    If you’re thinking about taking a medicine, ask your healthcare provider:
    1) Are there options besides taking a medicine (such as diet or exercise) that would work for me?
    2) How will it help treat my illness?
    3) What are the benefits versus the risks of taking it?
    4) What steps can I take to...Read More
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    How do I know which medicine is right for me?

    No drug is right for everyone.
    Medicines may work differently in different people. This depends on gender, age, weight, medical history or other factors. There’s no way to know for sure what side effects, if any, you may get from a medicine. That’s why you should give your doctor or healthcare p...Read More