The 21st Century Cures Act: An Unclear Advance

The United States 21st Century Cures Act secured billions in federal funding for cancer and other medical research over the coming decade—assuming congressional support is maintained—experts told Cancer Therapy Advisor.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called it “the most significant legislation passed by this Congress.”1 The law, passed by the US Senate by a vote of 94 to 5, approved $4.8 billion in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding over the coming decade, $1.5 billion for President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative, and $1.8 billion for Vice President Biden’s cancer “moon shot” initiative.2-4

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