The Goal Of The Cures Act

1635 WordsFeb 7, 20177 Pages
President Obama signed in a law, known as the 21st Century Cures Act, on December 13, 2016. The goal of the Cures Act is to decrease the administrative burdens, encourage innovation, and to enhance America’s healthcare field. Lobbying over this bill has been strong between the two political parties. Ultimately, there was bipartisan support for the bill. One part of this Act is aimed at speeding up research review and Institutional Review Board flexibility. To help avoid unnecessary duplications and delays, the Cures Act made it a requirement for the Department of Human Resources and the Food and Drug Administration to coordinate their human research regulations within three years of the law’s enactment. Early versions of the bill included…show more content…
HHS is required to review financial conflict of interest policies and regulations. Within one year, the director of OMB must create an advisory committee to provide the Federal Government with information on the effects of regulations related to Federal research requirements. Three of the Obama Administration’s large research endeavor are authorized for $4.8 billion in funding from the Cures Act. These endeavors include: Precision Medicine Initiative, the BRAIN Initiative, and President Biden’s Cancer “Moonshot.” These funds must be re-appropriated each fiscal year, by congress. The legislation includes many timeframes; however, it may be years before it is fully implemented. There are some who do not like this law. Public Citizen and Senator Elizabeth Warren believe the Cures Act will weaken the FDA oversight of drugs and devices, which could result in a threat to the public’s health. The Cures Act encompasses more aspects. As a primary care physician, Dr. Malone works at a student health clinic in a large research institution. She has a 20-year-old patient, Charlie, who was diagnosed with stage 4 non-small-cell-lung cancer. Dr. Malone knows the survival rate is 1 percent and the standard treatment is chemotherapy; however, she knows of a promising new drug
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