WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) earlier this year launched the bipartisan 21st Century Cures initiative with the goal of accelerating the discovery, development, and delivery cycle of new cures and treatments. The first phase of this effort has been listening, which spurred the committee to host an extensive national conversation that included eight hearings and four roundtables in Washington, D.C., as well as 15 roundtables hosted by committee members all across the country. These events, along with the ideas shared with firstname.lastname@example.org, have focused the initiative on six areas for reform:
- Integrate the patient’s perspective into the regulatory process
- Modernize clinical trials
- Foster the future of science, including encouraging young scientists
- Invest in advancing research
- Incentivize the development of new drugs and devices for unmet medical needs
- Support 21st century digital medicine by facilitating data sharing and the use of new technologies
Upton and DeGette are looking to introduce a discussion draft of legislation in January 2015.