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AAM Statement on FDA Record Generic Approvals

WASHINGTON DC (October 11, 2018) – We appreciate the efforts of the FDA, under the leadership of Commissioner Gottlieb, to lower overall drug prices by seeking to increase the number of generic drug applications on an annual basis. It is important however to recognize that in the current U.S. health care system more generic approvals does not automatically translate into more competition.

Generic Prescriptions Save Lives… and Money, Too

In 2014, Ariel Leaty received a frightening diagnosis—acute lymphocytic leukemia. “I went through three years of chemotherapy,” Leaty, 29, of Bloomfield NJ, recalls, “followed by outpatient maintenance.”

The ordeal was grueling, but it would have been far worse, if not deadly, without generic drugs. “If I didn’t have generic prescriptions,” Leaty says, “I probably wouldn’t be here, because the brand-name drugs are expensive—sometimes over $200 a bottle.”

Generic Drugs Are the Prescription for Savings. Don't Take Them for Granted.

More than 9 out of 10 generic drug prescriptions are filled for $20 or less. Everybody who takes medicine to get or stay healthy can appreciate these savings, which allow patients and families to spend their money on other things that matters to them. Those savings, however, are now in jeopardy, thanks to a combination of factors. Here’s what you need to know.

Generic Drugs Are the Prescription for Savings. Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Take Them for Granted.

More than 9 out of 10 generic drug prescriptions are filled for $20 or less. Everybody who takes medicine to get or stay healthy can appreciate these savings, which allow patients and families to spend their money on other things that matters to them. Those savings, however, are now in jeopardy, thanks to a combination of factors. Here’s what you need to know.

Ariel Leaty - Cancer Thriver!

"I was diagnosed with leukemia ALL in July of 2014 and had to endure three years of chemotherapy. In the beginning of my regimen, the doctors gave me tons of pills and infusions designed to kill the cancer, which subsequently weakened my immune system and depleted my energy. For a time, I could barely walk or talk. After my intensive therapy, I immediately began outpatient maintenance, which meant taking six to 10 pills a day, in addition to daily infusions.

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