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Report emphasizes importance of clinical studies in Vt.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A national pharmaceutical research company released a report emphasizing the importance of clinical studies in Vermont.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) officials joined with the University of Vermont at a panel discussion in Burlington Thursday. Policymakers and patient advocates filled the audience. The report released by PhRMA says that these trials add millions of dollars into Vermont's economy and are the only way to find a cure to major chronic diseases.

"From cancer to diabetes to heart disease, we still don't have a lot of treatments for those conditions. And so we need to work together to try to solve some of these key problems," said Dr. William Chin of PhRMA.

The study says that since 1999, Vermont has held 566 clinical trials-- more than half were trials for chronic disease treatments.

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