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More Than 300 New Medicines Being Developed for Mental Illnesses
Date:7/24/2008

cade. Rather than hide his struggle from the public, Pantoliano has chosen to speak out about his disease, and founded the organization "No Kidding, Me Too!" (http://www.nkm2.org) to help remove the isolation and stigma that often surrounds mental illness.

Johnson stressed that while researchers are making exciting progress in the search for new cures and treatments for mental health disorders, these efforts are wasted if the medicines that are developed are not accessible to the patients who need them.

Help is available to patients in need through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), a program sponsored by America's pharmaceutical research companies. To date, the PPA has helped more than 5 million patients nationwide, including more than 119,000 people in Louisiana. Since its launch in April 2005, the PPA bus tour has visited all 50 states and more than 2,000 cities. The PPA bus has been to Louisiana seven times since the program was launched.

To read the 2008 report, Medicines in Development for Mental Illnesses on the PhRMA Web site, go to: http://www.phrma.org.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country's leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. PhRMA companies are leading the way in the search for new cures. PhRMA members alone invested an estimated $44.5 billion in 2007 in discovering and developing new medicines. Industry-wide research and investment reached a record $58.8 billion in 2007.

PhRMA Internet Address: http://phrma.org

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