House Panel Drafts Bill to Speed Cures
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Source: Healthcare IT News
After a year of listening to patients, innovators, researchers, providers, consumers and regulators, Energy and Commerce Committee leaders from both parties have released a draft bill aimed at furthering its work on the 21st Century Cures initiative.
On April 30, exactly one year to the day since full Committee Chairman Fred Upton, a Republican from Michigan, and Rep. Diana DeGette, a Democrat from Colorado, launched the initiative, the Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing to review the draft legislation.
The impetus, as described by Upton, is to find cures for diseases that don't yet have them – and there are many.
As FasterCures Executive Director Margaret Anderson put it at the committee's roundtable in May 2014. “There are 7,000 known diseases. We have treatments for only 500 of them. We have work to do."