Healthy pipeline for cancer treatments: PhRMA

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A report delivered by industry trade group PhRMA has found a record 750 potential cancer treatments in the US research pipeline, according to a statement.

The report was released in Baton Rouge, LA, where it had “particular relevance,” according to PhRMA senior vice president Ken Johnnson. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Louisiana has the highest death rate from cancer in the United States,” said Johnson.  

Billy Tauzin, PhRMA president, CEO and formerly a US Representative of Louisiana's 3rd congressional district, noted the strong commitment by America's pharmaceutical research companies. “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,” he said.

Among cancer treatments in the pipeline, 113 are for lung cancer, 90 for breast cancer, 65 for colorectal cancer and 88 for prostate cancer, according to a statement. 

In 2008, it is estimated that 294,120 men and 271,530 women will die from cancer in the US, according to the American Cancer Society.

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