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Effectively shrinks healthcare costs when used as directed, t's a fact that just 10 cents of every .healthcare dollar go to prescription drugs. And since medicines help prevent disease and ease symptoms, they actually can help save money on doctor's visits, tests and hospital stays. With cardiovasculardisease alone-acondition that affects 64 million Americans-greateruse of blood-thinning medicine could prevent 40,000 strokes a year, and save more Than $600 million in healthcare costs. Similarly, for every $1 spent on beta-blockers an estimated $38 are gained. Look at it that way, and prescription drugs are strongmedicine in more ways than one. Today's medicines finance tomorrow's miracles:. GlaxoSmithKline Sources: L 'vit, Katherine. "Health Spending Rebound Continues in 2002'' Health Affairs, Volume 23, Number I; American HeartAssociation, Heart Diseaseand StrokeStatistics, 2004 Ulpdate; Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Life-Saving Treatments to Prevent Sroke L'nderused. Press Release, September 7, 1995. Available at: wwu.ahrq.go,/news/press/stroke.htm. Accessed September 1, 2004. MEDTAP Inernational, Inc. The Value of Investment in Health Care, 2004. Available at:uuw.medtap.c<nn/Prducts/HPExecutiveSummary.pdf.Accessed September 1, 2004.