The Lowering of New Drug Standards
Ex-vice president Joe Biden lost his son to brain cancer in 2015. In honor of his son, Beau, Joe Biden wanted to give hope to people with terminal illnesses. This is the idea behind the 21st-century Cures Act. The act was signed into law on December 13, 2016, by President Obama.
There are several parts to the 21st-century Cures Act. I will be writing a multi-part series on the 21st Century Cures Act and its many different components.
Basic Information Regarding 21st-Century Cures Act:
The core premise of the law is to help people with life-threatening ailments such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer's for example. By getting drugs to market faster. There is approximately $6.3 billion over ten years set aside to invest in medical research. The research will be funded from existing spending mandates.
The Bill Has Its Critics
Some critics say the 21st Century Cures Act plays into the hands of big pharma. The rules and licensing standards for testing new vaccines and drugs under the Federal Drug Administration have been substantially reduced to get new medications to the public faster. An article posted on the National Vaccine Information Center website entitled Here Comes, the 21st Century Cures Act: Say Goodbye to Vaccine Safety Science. The article addresses quite well the problems surrounding the lowering of licensing standards under the FDA.
What are your thoughts/feelings about the FDA lowering its rules and licensing standards for testing new drugs and vaccines?
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