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Report on 750 New Medicines in Development for Cancer Released in Baton Rouge
Date:4/21/2008

BATON ROUGE, La., April 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) delivered a new report today on medicines in the research pipeline. The report found America's pharmaceutical research companies are testing a record 750 new medicines to help treat cancer.

"We released this report in Baton Rouge because of its particular relevance to the health of the population in Louisiana," says PhRMA Senior Vice President Ken Johnson. The report was unveiled at the State Capitol Building. "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Louisiana has the highest death rate from cancer in the United States. In fact, recent data from the American Cancer Society tells us that African American men in Louisiana have the highest death rate and shortest survival rate in the country for all cancers combined, which is why we are releasing this report here to coincide with National Cancer Minority Awareness Week."

The medicines in the report are being tested in human clinical trials or are awaiting approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

"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 cancer treatments," notes PhRMA President and CEO Billy Tauzin. "This strong commitment to research is a product of the determination of the men and women working for America's pharmaceutical research companies to develop new medicines that will enable patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. I am one of those patients who was diagnosed with cancer and was given a new treatment that brought me from the brink of death back to life."

Cancer medicines being developed include 113 for lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death in the United States; 90 for breast cancer, which is expected to strike more than 180,000 American women this year; 65
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