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AstraZeneca's David Brennan Elected PhRMA Board Chairman
Date:4/3/2009

SAN ANTONIO, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- AstraZeneca Chief Executive Officer David Brennan was elected board chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) today at the group's annual meeting.

In a speech to the meeting attendees, Brennan called on his industry colleagues and all segments of the health care system to work together in a new collaborative and bipartisan manner on meaningful health care reform that includes:

  • Increased access to health and prescription drug coverage for the uninsured and the under-insured.
  • Greater emphasis on disease prevention to reduce the burden of chronic diseases on individuals and the health care system as a whole.
  • Reduced co-pays for prescription medicines to bring them more in line with what patients pay for other health services.
  • Ensuring the Food and Drug Administration has the funding it needs to protect patients by effectively reviewing life-saving and enhancing medications.

Brennan said a modernized health system should also protect intellectual property and promote innovation as scientists seek cures to the world's deadliest and most debilitating illnesses.

"The pharmaceutical industry is uniquely poised to be both a source of innovative medicines and a trusted member of the health care community," Brennan said. "Pharmaceutical researchers and manufacturers can play a critical role in advancing health solutions that build on the strengths of the U.S. health care system and address its weaknesses.

"I look forward to working with my industry colleagues, policymakers, health advocacy organizations and new, nontraditional partners to promote policies that expand access to affordable health coverage, address the burden of chronic disease and close the gaps in health care quality while fostering continued
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