Medicines in Development for Older Americans

America’s biopharmaceutical research companies currently are developing 435 innovative new medicines to target 15 leading chronic conditions affecting the Medicare population.  These medicines in development – all either in clinical trials or under review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – include 110 for diabetes, 62 for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, 67 for Alzheimer’s disease, 61 for heart disease and 40 for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new report by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

Backgrounder: Selected Biologics in Development

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.  It also costs the U.S. health care system $200 billion a year. These sobering statistics are projected to get much worse as the 76 million American baby boomers age.A gene therapy for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease in clinical trials is designed to deliver nerve growth factor (NGF) to the brain.  NGF is a naturally occurring protein important for neuron survival.

Medicines in Development: Biologics 2013

Medicines in Development: Asthma

Read More About Medicines in Development for Asthma

America’s biopharmaceutical research companies are working on 74 medicines to treat asthma, according to a report released today by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). All of the medicines are either in clinical trials or awaiting review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Medicines in Development for Arthritis

America’s biopharmaceutical research companies are developing 92 innovative new medicines to help the millions of Americans affected by arthritis. These medicines in development – all either in clinical trials or under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration– include 55 for rheumatoid arthritis, 15 for musculoskeletal pain, 10 for osteoarthritis and 7 for psoriatic arthritis, according to a new report by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

Read More About Medicines in Development for Alzheimer's Disease

America’s biopharmaceutical research companies are investigating or developing 93 medicines to help the more than five million patients in the United States who are living with Alzheimer’s. The medicines in development – all in either clinical trials or under review by the Food and Drug Administration – include 81 for Alzheimer’s, 11 for cognition disorders and 2 for dementias, according to a new report released by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

Profiles and Reports

Continued scientific and technological innovations are critical to fostering sustained economic growth, global competitiveness, and most importantly, helping patients live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. The U.S. innovative biopharmaceutical industry is committed to building on new scientific discoveries and technological advances, relying on a workforce with education and skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Selected Facts About Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia

  • Today, 5.3 million people are living with Alzheimer’s—every 70 seconds, someone develops the disease.
  • Some 5.1 million people with Alzheimer’s are age 65 and older, but an estimated 500,000 people younger than age 65 either have Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for 60 percent to 80 percent of cases. 

What We Learn From Clinical Trials

04.04.13 | By

A recent op-ed in Forbes offers a welcome rebuttal to misguided criticism of the conduct of clinical trials by the biopharmaceutical industry by refuting the notion that "medicine is broken" partly due to the hiding of "negative" clinical trial results.

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