Why Patients Support the 21st Century Cures Act

Reading some news reports, cheap you might wonder about the benefits for patients of the 21st Century Cures Act. This massive piece of legislation focused on medical research and innovation, has been scripted and re-scripted. The latest version, a 996-page document, includes some odd provisions and compromises I’d prefer to scuttle.

That said, I’m in favor of the Cures Act. Strongly.

I’ve seen stories suggesting that “Cures” is all about perks for pharmaceutical companies, and that industry-funded advocacy groups are parading patients, like puppets, before legislators to promote the bill. Earlier this year, I attended a small meeting where healthcare journalists didn’t just question, but scoffed at the prospect of speeding the FDA’s approval process, which is part of the package. “Why would anyone support this bill?” a journalist asked.

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