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How Pharmaceutical Innovation is Changing the World

Oct 27, 2021
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Pharmaceutical Innovation is leading the way in maintaining the quality of human life, and affecting it's duration. It's is a constant revolving door that leads to new highs in lows in the medical industry.

Pharmaceutical Innovation is leading the way in maintaining the quality of human life, and affecting it's duration. It's is a constant revolving door that leads to new highs in lows in the medical industry. Want to learn how this form of innovation is changing the world? Check out this blog.

How Pharmaceutical Innovation is Changing the World

A hundred years or so ago, if you got a tooth abscess, there was a chance it could kill you. At the time, we didn’t even have penicillin, which was the first widely used antibiotic. So bacterial infections like that, left untreated, could quickly become a lot more serious.

It wasn’t until 1999 that we got Tamiflu, the first truly effective anti-viral to treat influenza. Even chemotherapy wasn’t available until the 1940s, and even then, it was only used in a limited number of cases, with mixed results.

In fact, if you got sick or injured as little as fifty years ago, you had a lot less chance of making a full recovery than you do today. Pharmaceutical innovation is changing the world every day. Here’s how, and what we really owe to the drugs that have changed the world.

Conception to End of Life

When you walk into your bathroom and look inside your medicine cabinet, chances are you don’t think about just how groundbreaking the contents are. But medications and prescription drugs have touched and changed nearly every part of human life.

Modern-day fertility treatments have evolved to the point where people who might not have been able to conceive a generation ago now have a chance to become parents.

Advances in treating common diseases like diabetes and asthma have taken them from defining features in people’s lives to just another daily ritual. Blood pressure and cholesterol drugs are helping people to improve heart health and lower risk.

Even something that you might not consider a drug – like birth control or nicotine replacement therapy – has had a profound effect on our lives. The pharmaceutical industry is often cast as the villain, but there’s no denying that without the drugs we have available today, our life expectancy would still be considerably lower than it is.

In fact, even when drugs can’t cure your illness, pain killers and other drugs can help to make the final days of life more comfortable. So, we truly do rely on drugs from the cradle to the grave.

The Impact of Longer, Healthier Lives

The most obvious effect of all this pharmaceutical innovation on our lives is that in general, we live longer. But we’re also healthier for more of that life, which changes a few things too.

We’re getting married, on average, later. More women in their forties now have children for the first time than teenagers, and we’re doing things like studying and starting businesses later. We know that today, thanks in large part to modern medicine and pharmaceutical innovation, we have more time to work with.

Quality of life is going up, and because infant mortality is also going down, the birth rates in the developed world are going down. We’re more prosperous, better educated, and have a better quality of life. While pharmaceuticals certainly aren’t the only reason for that, they have definitely had a role to play.

Today, we’re closer than ever to curing certain types of cancer and halting or even rolling back degenerative brain diseases. All because of pharmaceutical innovation and research. So, thanks, big pharma, for changing all our lives in ways we can’t even imagine.

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