Washington, D.C. (March 4, 2009) – Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Senior Vice President Ken Johnson issued the following statement today regarding federal preemption:
“PhRMA is still reviewing the various opinions in the Wyeth v. Levine case. We continue to believe that the expert scientists and medical professionals at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are in the best position to evaluate voluminous information about a medicine’s benefits and risks and to determine which safety information to include in the drug label.
“Healthcare providers and patients rely on FDA-approved drug labeling every day in making critical decisions about whether a medicine is the best treatment for an individual.
“Unfortunately, patients could ultimately suffer if the Supreme Court’s decision forces healthcare providers and patients to second-guess FDA-approved labeling.”
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 $44.5 billion in 2007 in discovering and developing new medicines. Industry-wide research and investment reached a record $58.8 billion in 2007.
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