- 76% of improvements in mortality for patients with HIV
- 60% of improvements in mortality for patients with breast cancer
- 52% of improvements in mortality for patients with heart disease
Medicines are this country’s best chance at tackling the biggest health care cost driver: chronic disease. Chronic health conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States and account for about 90% of health care spending.
Thanks largely to constant biopharmaceutical innovation, many diseases that were once considered incurable are now treatable, lessening the economic burden on the health care system and restoring patients’ quality of life. As evidenced by this report, advances in biopharmaceutical research make an enormous impact to both individuals and the larger community. To improve our health care system, we need policies that support a robust research and development ecosystem so we continue to see improvements in life expectancy thanks to innovation.