WASHINGTON, July 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America's biopharmaceutical research companies are currently developing 420 medicines for patients suffering from neurological disorders, including epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson's disease. As highlighted in a new report from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the Epilepsy Foundation, scientists around the globe are collaborating to find new or more effective treatments for patients with these complex disorders that attack the nervous system.
"Researchers have made tremendous advances in understanding how the nervous system works at the molecular and genetic levels which in turn has translated into the development of more effective treatments for neurological disorders," said John J. Castellani, president and chief executive officer, PhRMA. "These developments mean new options and new hope for the millions of patients suffering from these devastating disorders. As an industry, we remain steadfast in our efforts to unlock the mysteries of these diseases and reduce their burden for generations to come."
Neurological disorders consist of more than 600 conditions, impacting an estimated 50 million Americans every year. Although some are well known, many are rare disorders that affect a small number of patients who currently have access to few – if any – effective treatments.
The new report, "Medicines in Development for Neurological Disorders," demonstrates how the newest advancements seek to treat the underlying mechanisms of neurological disorders. Examples of treatments currently in development include:
"As a parent of a child living with epilepsy, I know just how important innovation is to improving the quality of life for individuals living with seizures," said Philip M. Gattone, president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation. "Innovative new therapies are particularly important for the one-third of people with epilepsy who don't have their seizures under control, as well as the millions of other Americans living with chronic conditions that cannot be managed by current treatment options."
With 420 medicines in human clinical trials or under review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these new treatments represent a growing understanding of neurological disorders, fueled by both successes and setbacks in research, which will ultimately provide patients and their families with better options.
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country's leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested more than $600 billion in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $51.2 billion in 2014 alone.
About the Epilepsy Foundation
The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with nearly 50 affiliated organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against seizures since 1968. The Foundation is an unwavering ally for individuals and families impacted by epilepsy and seizures. The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to stop seizures and SUDEP, find a cure, and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy, and research to accelerate ideas into therapies. The Foundation works to ensure that people with seizures have the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential. For additional information, please visit www.epilepsy.com.
|SOURCE Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America|
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