2015-04-30 11:53:28 UTC

Draft Legislation Released to Foster Medical Innovation

April 30, 2015

The 21st Century Cures legislation was introduced to modernize and accelerate the process of developing and delivering new treatments and technologies for patients.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton, R-MI, and Democratic member Diana DeGette, CO, released a discussion draft legislation of 21st Century Cures legislation, which is aimed at modernizing our country’s health-care innovation infrastructure. The legislation is the culmination of more than a year of field hearings around the country during which Chairman Upton and Rep. DeGette met with researchers, investors, innovators, patients, regulators and providers to discuss the current environment for getting innovative therapies and products to market and how the process can be improved to advance patient care.

Key highlights of the 21st Century Cures discussion draft include:

  • Increasing funding to NIH by $10 billion over the next five years.
  • Providing incentives to young investigators and young scientists.
  • Increasing loan repayment programs for young investigators.
  • Language recognizing the importance of NIH officials’ ability to attend scientific research conferences.
  • Streamlined approval process for antimicrobials to combat antibiotic resistance.
  • Improvements to and an expedited approval process for lifesaving medical devices.
  • Modernization of clinical trials.

The committee plans to continue holding hearings on their discussion draft and will be seeking input from stakeholders, such as AGA. We will review the draft and provide input on areas that are important to gastroenterology, including ensuring that our patients have access to lifesaving technologies.

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