Contributions of the pharmaceutical industry to health care
The most obvious contribution of the pharmaceutical industry to health care must be the provision of the great range of effective and safety-tested therapeutic agents which are used in all branches of medicine and surgery. Beyond that, however, the industry has made important contributions of original scientific discovery and to the development of practicable therapeutic agents and to their safe dissemination. Less directly, the industry has contributed to health care by funding postgraduate education and by supporting medical and veterinary research, not necessarily limited to the development of new drugs.
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