Track topics on Twitter Track topics that are important to you
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the U.S. Senate passed the FDA Reauthorization Act and with it, the RACE for Children Act. Now, new cancer drugs will be developed not only for adults - but for kids too. With the RACE for Children Act as law:
There are some 900 drugs in the pipeline for adult cancers, but few are ever studied for children. Kids v Cancer began developing solutions to this problem in 2013. In 2014, we drafted the KIDS Innovative Drugs Act, which was introduced in 2016 as the RACE for Children Act (RACE). RACE updates the Pediatric Research Equity Act (PREA) to authorize the FDA to require companies developing cancer drugs for adults to also develop the drugs for children with cancer.
Over the course of the last three years, Kids v Cancer secured endorsements from major research centers, including St. Jude's, MD Anderson, Nemours, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Duke, the Children's Oncology Group, and from over 250 advocacy groups, including Brookes Blossoms, CureSearch, Leslie Carson Foundation, MaxCures, Rally Foundation, Swifty, TNCI, Truth365, With Purpose and others. Nature, a leading scientific journal, endorsed RACE in 2016, and CAC2 provided active support through its social media outreach. We were pleased that The Alliance for Childhood Cancer, the American Cancer Society and ASCO came on board in March 2017.
We are grateful to our champions in Congress: Senators Michael Bennet and Marco Rubio and Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Democrat Patty Murray in the Senate; and Representatives Michael McCaul and G.K. Butterfield and Chairman Greg Walden and Ranking Democrat Frank Pallone in the House. This could not have been done without their leadership and commitment and without the extraordinary efforts of their able staff.
We are also grateful for the leadership of the FDA, from their public meetings to their input at Congressional hearings to their technical assistance to Congress.
Last night, on the floor of the Senate, Senator Rubio said,
"I'm pleased that while there are many things we have not done, we will leave here tomorrow or next week knowing that at least we did one thing that will matter, and it's an important thing because these children that we're trying to help, they do not have time to continue waiting for us to step up and take action."
This morning, there again, Senator Bennet stated,
"Today's passage of the RACE for Children Act is a breakthrough for kids in Colorado and around the country fighting cancer. This legislation will open the door for cutting-edge treatments and precision medicines that could make all the difference for kids battling this devastating disease."
Thanks to everyone's support, on July 12, RACE passed on House floor as part of the FDA Reauthorization Act. And on August 3, RACE passed on the Senate floor as part of the FDA Reauthorization Act. Now, it's on to the President's desk for signature.
We want to thank everyone for all their hard work. This is a key step toward changing the landscape of pediatric cancer research.
Contact: Nancy Goodman
Kids V Cancer
SOURCE Kids v CancerNEXT ARTICLE
In order to become availible to pateints, drugs need to undergo a number of phases of clinical trials to test their efficacy and safty and to then be authorised by the drug approval organistion in each respective country. This is the FDA in the USA and N...
Pediatrics is the general medicine of childhood. Because of the developmental processes (psychological and physical) of childhood, the involvement of parents, and the social management of conditions at home and at school, pediatrics is a specialty. With ...
Bladder Cancer Brain Cancer Breast Cancer Cancer Cervical Cancer Colorectal Head & Neck Cancers Hodgkin Lymphoma Leukemia Lung Cancer Melanoma Myeloma Ovarian Cancer Pancreatic Cancer ...