Just five diseases caused the deaths of roughly 1.6 million Americans in 2015

Just five diseases caused the deaths of roughly 1.6 million Americans in 2015, the most recent year for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has statistics. Many more patients suffer from the diseases.

Promising drugs could be on the way to treat these diseases, from drugmakers including Alnylam (NASDAQ:ALNY), AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN), Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB), Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY), Merck (NYSE:MRK), and The Medicines Company(NASDAQ:MDCO). Here are the five deadliest diseases in the U.S. — and some of the top drugs that could be available for treatment in the not-too-distant future.

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