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 complications, extending life, reducing disability, and improving quality of life. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, these hopes are often fulfilled: “Drugs, both prescribed and over-the-counter, are an increasingly important component of health care. New drugs and new uses for older drugs are improving health outcomes and quality of life, curing some conditions, preventing or delaying disease, and hastening recovery."

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