'Cures' Bill Passes, As More Budget, Safety Debates Wait In The Wings
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
The 21st Century Cures bill passed on a 344-77 vote, attracting significant bipartisan support in the House. It includes multiple provisions supported by the device industry, including a priority review pathway for breakthrough devices. Attention now moves to the Senate, which is working on its own bill that could face budget barriers and calls for more safety protections.
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A combined House/Senate "21st Century Cures" package will get a vote in the House on Nov. 30, and soon in the Senate. The medical innovation package includes a breakthrough device pathway that, in its current form, would allow 510(k), as well as PMA and de novo, devices to participate. The bill also provides a modest $500m to help support a range of additional FDA device and drug pathway streamlining reforms. Meanwhile, it would authorize $4.8bn for the Precision Medicine Initiative, a BRAIN Initiative, and for cancer "Moonshot" research funds at NIH.
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When Congress returns to work after the summer recess, the House and Senate medical innovation packages may gain momentum as legislators seek a “feather in the cap” for reelection campaigns, and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton and Vice President Joe Biden look to cement legacies, say legislative analysts. Also, a Zika virus funding rider is expected be attached to a continuing resolution.