House “Overwhelmingly Passes” 21st Century Cures Act

In a 344-77 vote, the House on Friday “overwhelmingly passed” the 21st Century Cures Bill, “a bipartisan bill that would make significant changes to the process for developing new drugs and medical devices,” the Washington Post (7/11, Johnson) “Wonkblog” reported. The bill was “cheered by rare across-the-aisle support” from legislators and supported by “the pharmaceutical industry, patient advocacy groups, and medical organizations,” the Post added.

The Los Angeles Times (7/11, Levey) reported the bill would grant “$8.75 billion in new funding for the National Institutes of Health at a time when the agency’s research budget has been flat for more than a decade.” Last week, the Administration “offered qualified support for the bill while registering concerns with several parts of the legislation, including its funding.”

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— “House overwhelmingly passes bill to speed FDA drug approvals,” Carolyn Johnson, Washington Post, July 10, 2015.

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