Davis Votes to Modernize Our Health Care Infrastructure, Accelerate Approval Process for New Cures
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released the following statement after the House overwhelmingly passed H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, by a vote of 344-77. Davis was an early cosponsor of this bipartisan bill to modernize our health care infrastructure and accelerate the approval process for new drug development, medical devices, and other treatments.
“Today, it takes an average of 15 years to move a drug from the lab to our local pharmacies,” said Davis. “And like too many of my constituents, my family has been impacted by illness, both successful and unsuccessful battles with cancer, so if we can speed up this process by even just one year by cutting through bureaucratic red tape, we must do so. I came to Congress to make Washington work for the people I serve and today I’m proud the House took the lead on a bipartisan bill that could save millions and help so many others live longer, healthier lives.”
The 21st Century Cures Act makes the following improvements to our innovative health care infrastructure:
• Removes regulatory uncertainty for the development of new medical apps;
• Modernizes clinical trials;
• Provides incentives for developing drugs to fight rare diseases;
• Removes barriers to improving and increasing research capabilities;
• Improving coordination with the entire biomedical system to find cures more quickly;
• Makes investments in 21st century science; and
• Implements long-term reforms that will reduce the deficit by $500 million over the next 10 years and an additional $7 billion the following decade.