Value of innovative medicines and vaccines

Investment in innovative medicines helps to achieve higher productivity and an increase to your bottom line, by:

  • decreasing presenteeism and absenteeism
  • increasing quality of life
  • reducing disability
  • reducing hospital stays and physician visits
  • preventing costly downstream complications

A study looking at the role of pharmaceuticals in reducing health and societal costs found that:

  • Every dollar spent on innovative prescription medicines generated two dollars in health and other social benefits.
  • Encouraging development of new drugs can reduce overall health care spending.
  • Pharmaceutical innovation boosts the economy by improving workplace health and productivity.

(Source: Conference Board of Canada, 2013)

Another study looking at the value that specialty pharmaceuticals brings to employers and beyond found that:

  • Dollars spent on high-cost, specialty medications treating 3 chronic diseases (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s, and Multiple Sclerosis) generate a direct return on investment to the employee’s plan-sponsoring employer, as well as indirectly to other employers, to the economy, and to the health care system.
  • Those benefits include reduced productivity losses, reduced disability costs, reduced need for caregiver resources, and reduced use and costs of healthcare resources.
  • The estimated benefits ranged from $6,600 to $17,000 per year, on average. But this does not include other intangible benefits like the ability of employers with a comprehensive and competitive benefit plan to recruit and retain employees.

(Source: Conference Board of Canada, 2016)

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