Innovation Saves Lives
From past innovations like the polio vaccine to current advances in cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses, innovation has saved and improved countless lives. And there’s much more that can be achieved through innovation.
- New cancer drugs increase survival rates.1
- New medicines for heart disease and stroke now save over 1 million Americans a year.3
- HIV deaths have declined by over 70% since the approval of combination therapy.4
The City paid for all services, including the counseling time of community pharmacists.
Patients who take newer medicines in place of older ones have a lower mortality rate.5*
Learn more about the importance of preserving an environment that rewards and encourages continued innovation.
* 5.5 years from FDA approval vs. 15 years
- Lichtenberg FR. The Expanding Pharmaceutical Arsenal in the War on Cancer. National Bureau of Economic Research. Working Paper No. 10328. Cambridge, MA: NBER; 2004.
- American Cancer Society. Cancer Statistics 2007: A Presentation From the American Cancer Society. 2007.
- Kolata G. Gains on heart disease leave more survivors, and questions. New York Times (New York, NY). January 19, 2003. Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/19/us/gains-on-heart-disease-leave-more-survivors-and-questions.html. Accessed on April 14, 2010.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV Mortality Slides. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/resources/slides/mortality/index.htm. Accessed on October 5, 2010.
- Lichtenberg FR. The Effect of Drug Vintage on Survival: Micro Evidence from Puerto Rico’s Medicaid Program. National Bureau of Economic Research. Working Paper No. 10884. Cambridge, MA: NBER; 2004.