U.S. Life Expectancy Has Climbed Rapidly . “. U.S. Life Expectancy 1950–2005 1.
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U.S. Life Expectancy 1950–20051
Over the last century, the value of gains in life expectancy seen in the U.S. is greater than the total value of all the measured growth in our economic output. New drugs are no small part of this medical miracle.2
—Mark McClellan, FDA
At Birth (in Years)
Note: Life expectancies prior to 1997 were calculated using a slightly different methodology than for those post-1997.
Sources: 1Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, Health, United States, 2008 with Chartbook (Hyattsville, MD) 2009;2M.B. McClellan, Speech Before the First International Colloquium on Generic Medicine (Cancun, Mexico), 2003.