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Report on 547 New Medicines in Development for Neurological Disorders Released in San Antonio
Date:3/5/2008

SAN ANTONIO, March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) delivered a new report today on medicines in the research pipeline for neurological diseases. The report found America's pharmaceutical research companies are testing 547 new medicines to help treat neurological diseases.

"We released this report in San Antonio because of its particular relevance to the health of this city's population and to the population in Texas," said PhRMA Senior Vice President Ken Johnson. The report was unveiled at the University Center for Community Health. "Over half of San Antonio's population is Hispanic, and Texas has the second largest Hispanic population in the country. Some of the diseases highlighted in the report, including epilepsy, stroke, Alzheimer's disease and lupus, are among the diseases that disproportionately affect Hispanic Americans."

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, for example, seizures are twice as common in Hispanics as they are in non-Hispanics and lupus is twice as prevalent among Hispanic women as it is among Caucasian women. The Alzheimer's Foundation has found that Hispanics are at greater risk to develop dementia than the rest of the population, and the number of Hispanics with Alzheimer's disease is expected to grow dramatically in the coming years. Additionally, stroke has been found to be the fourth leading cause of death among Hispanics, according to the American Stroke Association.

"The medicines now in the research pipeline will add to the substantial progress made in the last five years by biopharmaceutical companies in developing new and more effective neurological treatments," said PhRMA President and CEO Billy Tauzin. "The growing number of older Americans nationwide, who are susceptible to conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, will especially benefit from these new medicines. This strong commitment to research is a product of the
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