Washington, D.C. (January 22, 2015) — Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) senior vice president, communications, Robert Zirkelbach released the following statement:
“Developing innovative, lifesaving medicines for patients is the sole focus of the biopharmaceutical industry. PhRMA member companies invested more than $50 billion in research and development (R&D) in 2013 and over half a trillion dollars since 2000. This represents the vast majority of all biopharmaceutical R&D spending – both private and government – in the United States. In fact, the pharmaceutical sector accounts for approximately 20 percent of all domestic R&D funding by U.S. businesses, supporting millions of jobs across the country. As a result of these investments, since 2000, more than 450 new medicines have been made available to patients facing cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and other debilitating diseases. And today, the biopharmaceutical pipeline has never been more promising with more than 6,800 medicines in clinical development around the world, including treatments for Ebola, Alzheimer’s, and many rare diseases.
“The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plays a vital role in basic research and early discovery, and we support sufficient federal funding for their work. But pursuing misguided policies that siphon funding from the groundbreaking medical research happening in the biopharmaceutical industry will have devastating consequences for patients and society. The proposed legislation would result in fewer medicines for patients and lost jobs at a time when our economy can least afford it.
“Biopharmaceutical research companies will continue working with patients, health care stakeholders, and policymakers to eliminate fraud and abuse throughout the health care system and continue to improve the development of lifesaving medicines for patients.”
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested more than $550 billion in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $51.1 billion in 2013 alone.
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