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Lilly Releases Latest 'Value of Medicine' Resource Guide About Key Issues Facing the Pharmaceutical Industry
Date:12/1/2009

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The educational resource, "The Value of Medicine, Improving Health... Improving Life," created by Lilly USA (NYSE: LLY), is now available at www.lillyforbetterhealth.com/value_of_medicine.jsp. The booklet supports Lilly's commitment to providing "Answers That Matter" and encourages an open dialogue with patients, providers, payers and the public about pharmaceutical industry practices.

"Today, Lilly and others in health care face tough questions about access to care, managing costs, drug safety and the best ways to fight disease," said David Ricks, president, Lilly USA. "Providing answers requires that we understand diverse perspectives, offer reliable information and keep the focus on what's best for patients. This booklet was created to build understanding between Lilly and its partners in the health care system as we pursue a shared goal of improving health outcomes for patients."

This is the fourth edition of the resource, which covers topics including(1):

  • Medicine spending - Prescription medicines account for only 10 cents of every dollar spent on health care.(2) In fact, many prescription medicines help reduce other health care costs.(3)
  • Access - Pharmaceutical companies are committed to making medicines accessible to patients in financial need. Through patient assistance programs in the United States, the industry provided medicines worth an estimated $14.5 billion and filled more than 115 million prescriptions for patients in need between 2005 and 2008.(4)
  • Importation - Purchasing medicines from other countries is illegal, risky and unsafe,(5) and does not guarantee a cost savings for consum
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