A "Conversation on Child Cures" with the Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill

Sarah Kennedy participated in a “Conversation on Child Cures” with the Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Sarah, along with several other panelists, discussed the reality of facing rare childhood diseases, and the need for additional funding and support for research that could unlock cures. For a full report on the panel, please follow this link: https://energycommerce.house.gov/news-center/press-releases/curtain-call-conversation-child-cures-rocks-house

House overwhelmingly passes bill to speed FDA drug approvals

A bipartisan bill that would make significant changes to the process for developing new drugs and medical devices overwhelmingly passed the House in a 344-77 vote Friday morning.

The bill, called 21st Century Cures, was cheered by rare across-the-aisle support from politicians, with 230 co-sponsors nearly evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. The pharmaceutical industry, patient advocacy groups, and medical organizations also support the bill, which calls for an additional $8.75 billion for the National Institutes of Health.