Medicines and vaccines can turn around people’s lives, helping them recover from illness or manage its symptoms – the difference this makes at a personal level is unquantifiable. However, it is important to know the facts and figures regarding the role pharmaceuticals play in healthcare and the economy, as well as the related investments, savings, and costs to society.
New information on new discoveries, latest economic data on the cost of health care and trends in disease come to light almost daily. Such information is essential to informed decision making. To be properly appreciated, it is important to understand these figures in the broader context.