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Why is it important to preserve pharmaceutical innovation?

Pharmaceutical innovation is not a given. In an era of new scientific and public policy challenges, preserving a climate that supports innovation is more important than ever.

"Far better treatments for many more illnesses - the promise of the new biomedical sciences of the 21st century - is by no means a sure thing... If the needed research & development investments can't be covered or made less risky, they will slow down."
- FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan, November 18, 2003

The shift in pharmaceutical research and development from Europe to the United States over the past decade illustrates the importance of maintaining incentives for innovation. European pharmaceutical research companies are relocating their labs to the United States in increasing numbers, and over the past 10 years, the U.S. has surpassed Europe as the leading site for pharmaceutical research & development. Why? In no small part, because of U.S. policies that provide an economic and regulatory environment in which innovation can thrive.

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