The US House of Representatives will vote on the 21st Century Cures Act today. Medical-safety advocates have voiced their concerns about the Republican-backed provisions that would alter the FDA’s drug approval process, among other changes. The nearly $9 billion funding boost for the NIH, is largely the reason why House Democrats who might have opposed the changes for the FDA, instead support the bill. Moreover, in a statement, the FDA showed support for the goals of the legislation to speed up the approval process but stated, “Innovative therapies are not helpful to patients if they do not work, or worse, cause harm.” Meanwhile, patient-safety advocates warned that streamlining the approval process may jeopardize patient safety and threaten public health.
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