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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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    "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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    Innovative new medicines make it possible to prevent or slow the progress of many diseases and avoid costly hospitalization and invasive surgery. Between 1980 and 2000, the number of days patients spent in the hospital fell by 56 percent. As a result, Americans avoided 206 million days of hospital...Read More
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    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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    After researchers sequenced the human genome, they had a "map" of the human genes in DNA. This new genetic knowledge opens up the possibility of developing "targeted" therapies for people with specific gene sequences, and it can help physicians choose from among existing medicines the treatments...Read More
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    Abraham Lincoln wrote, "Patents provide the fuel of interest to the fire of genius." Indeed, patents are a crucial factor in innovation, ensuring that companies have the possibility of being rewarded for the major investments needed to develop a new medicine is vitally important. Medicines already...Read More
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    Yes, there may be some patient assistance programs for which you may be eligible. Read More