Considerable progress in the fight against diseases that impact children has been achieved in recent decades, with medicines playing a key role. Infant mortality has sunk to record lows. New vaccines protect children against many childhood diseases. Antibiotics prevent deaths from pneumonia and other infectious diseases. Thanks in part to major treatment advances, 82 percent of children diagnosed with cancer will survive five years or longer today, compared to 58 percent three decades ago, according to the American Cancer Society.
Biopharmaceutical research companies are working to continue this progress and to meet new health challenges specific to children. The more than 300 medicines in development listed in the new report reflect these ongoing efforts.Download