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Record Number of Innovative New Medicines for Heart Disease and Stroke Now in Development
Date:2/26/2009

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A record number of potential medicines to treat heart disease and stroke are being developed, according to the latest report by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) on medicines in the research pipeline. Over 300 new medicines to treat these diseases currently are being tested in human clinical trials or are awaiting approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, compared to 146 medicines in development for these diseases in 2005. Heart disease and stroke are two of the country's top killers.

"The medicines now in the research pipeline will add to the substantial progress made by America's pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies in developing new and more effective treatments for these diseases," says PhRMA President & CEO Billy Tauzin. "This strong commitment to research is a product of the determination of the researchers and scientists working to develop new medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives."

The U.S. leads the world in discovering and developing new medicines, with more R&D of new medicines taking place in the U.S. than in any other country. The U.S. accounts for three quarters of the world's biotechnology revenues and research and development spending, and the biopharmaceutical research industry contributes $27 billion to the GDP annually.

At the news briefing today for the release of the report, Olympic gold medalist and swimmer Mark Spitz described how he discovered, at age 38, that he had high cholesterol and was at risk for developing heart disease. Considered one of the most dominant Olympic athletes ever, Spitz earned a total of 11 medals, including a record-breaking seven Gold Medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Today, Spitz is an advocate for cholesterol testing and heart health, spurred by his personal battle.

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