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

for colorectal cancer, which is the third most common cancer in both men and women; and 88 for prostate cancer, which this year is expected to kill 28,000 American men. Additional medicines target brain cancer, kidney cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, skin cancer and others.

The medicines represent many cutting-edge approaches, including one medicine that targets and kills specific cancer cells, and then activates the patient's general immune system to destroy any remaining cancer.

"Researchers are making exciting progress in the search for new cures and treatments for cancer. But these efforts are wasted if the medicines we develop aren't accessible to patients who need them," says Johnson.

Help is available to patients in need through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, a program sponsored by America's pharmaceutical research companies. To date, the PPA has helped nearly 5 million patients nationwide, including more than 112,000 people in Louisiana. Since its launch in April 2005, the PPA bus tour has visited all 50 states and more than 2,000 cities to educate people about patient assistance programs. The PPA bus has been to Louisiana seven times since the program was launched. Just last month, the bus, along with Montel Williams, was in Baton Rouge for a special event at the Louisiana State Capitol.

The "Help is Here Express" is staffed by trained specialists able to quickly help uninsured patients in need access information on more than 475 patient assistance programs, including nearly 200 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. When the "Help is Here Express" moves on, patients can visit PPA's easy-to-use Web site (http://www.pparx.org) or call the toll-free phone number (1-888-4PPA-NOW).

To read the Medicines in Development for Cancer 2008 on the PhRMA web site, click on the following link: http://ww
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