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White House Healthcare Summit Offers Opportunity for Input Into Reform
Date:3/12/2009

WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) President and CEO Billy Tauzin today released the following statement regarding the White House health reform summit in Dearborn, Michigan today:

"Michigan has been given an historic opportunity to help offer solutions to the healthcare crisis we are now facing in the U.S. Through a series of White House health reform summits taking place in Dearborn and other cities across the country over the next two months, a diverse group of stakeholders - including patients, physicians, industry, labor and government - will be openly discussing key elements needed in a comprehensive healthcare reform package. These discussions are critical to help ensure that healthcare reform remains a top national priority this year and does not fall by the wayside.

"Finding common ground to address weaknesses in our healthcare system is our mission, but so too is building on our many great healthcare strengths. For this reason, we should celebrate the fact that America remains the world leader in the innovation of new technologies and medical advances.

"The fact that more than 750 new medicines and vaccines are in development for cancer by America's pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies is just one reason that our country is at the epicenter of scientific and medical advances that can greatly improve the health of millions of patients suffering from this life-threatening disease, including the nearly 360,000 Wolverine patients suffering from cancer. Clearly, important work is already underway to help find a cure for cancer, a top priority for President Obama.

"The engines of innovation - such as America's biopharmaceutical companies - are deeply vested in improving the health of patients worldwide and contribute significantly to the U.S. economy by helping create millions
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