November 17th is National Health Research Day. Canadians' Support for Health
Research Overwhelming, Reveals Poll

OTTAWA, Nov. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadians are almost unanimous in their belief that research plays a pivotal role in protecting the health of Canadians in the event of a pandemic or other public health emergency, according to a new poll released on National Health Research Day.

The poll conducted by Nanos Research for Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) shows that Canadians firmly support health research as a public good for the country.

    
    The poll finds:

    -   Nearly all Canadians (98%) believe health research plays a critical
        role in positive outcomes for patients.

    -   Nine in ten Canadians (91%) value the role of health research in
        creating a stronger Canadian economy.

    -   96% of Canadians think health research is vital in preparing for
        outbreaks or pandemics.
    

"Our members are leaders in the area of research & development of new medicines and vaccines. Their contribution to the advancement of health research goes beyond their own research and development (R&D) as their support extends into the private and public sectors, academia and non-profit organizations including the Rx&D Health Research Foundation. Today's figures confirm that Canadians value the importance of research to public health as does our industry" said Rx&D President, Russell Williams.

The Rx&D Health Research Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support health research in Canadian academic health centres and to promote the value of health research in Canada.

"The Rx&D Health Research Foundation is happy to participate in this celebration of heath research as we also mark this year the 45th anniversary of the Foundation. During these 45 years, the Rx&D Health Research Foundation has supported the development of some two thousand young Canadian scientists and has contributed significantly to research aimed at preventing and treating diseases such as influenza pandemic and childhood obesity, and to a better health care system" indicated Dr. Yves Morin, Chair of the Rx&D Health Research Foundation.

"Canada has a world class health care system and we also have world-class researchers. In order for patients to benefit from the fruit of health research, these discoveries must be made available to them" concluded Russell Williams.

About National Health Research Day

National Health Research Day(TM) is a partner-based initiative of the Rx&D Health Research Foundation that showcases health research activities within the Canadian innovative industry, universities, affiliated institutes and the broader health research community. This day focuses on celebrating the people who contribute to health research - both established and aspiring researchers - to give them visibility with the media, general public and decision-makers.

About the Polling

The random telephone survey was conducted with 1,005 Canadians between November 7, 2009 and November 10, 2009 and has a margin of accuracy of + 3.1%, 19 times out of 20. The full methodology and detailed tabulations for this survey are available at www.nanosresearch.com.

About Rx&D

Rx&D is an association of leading research-based pharmaceutical companies dedicated to improving the health of Canadians through the discovery and development of new medicines and vaccines. Our community represents 18,000 men and women working for close to 50 member companies and invests more than $1 billion in research and development each year to fuel Canada's knowledge-based economy. Guided by our Code of Ethical Practices, our membership is committed to working in partnership with governments, healthcare professionals and stakeholders in a highly ethical manner.

About Rx&D Health Research Foundation

The Rx&D Health Research Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support health research in Canadian academic health centres and promote the value of health research in Canada. By applying the highest standards of scientific excellence, addressing health challenges and establishing partnerships, HRF, one of the leading private health foundations in the country, contributes significantly to the prevention and treatment of disease, to a better healthcare system and the availability for Canadians to access effective health products.

SOURCE Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D)

For further information: For further information: François Lessard, Communications, E-mail: flessard@canadapharma.org, Telephone: (613) 236-0455

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