Dec. 07, 2016

LFA Praises Congress for Advancing 21st Century Cures Legislation

Today, the U.S. Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act, legislation that has the potential to improve the drug development process and bring new and vital treatments to people with chronic diseases like lupus. Among the provisions that we support include National Institutes of Health research funding; patient-focused drug development and patient engagement support; and clinical trial design and review modernization. Since the House of Representatives has already passed the bill, it is now cleared for President Obama’s signature.

Lupus Foundation of America activists played a vital role in supporting this legislation. In fact, at last year’s National Lupus Advocacy Summit, nearly 200 lupus activists from across the country visited Capitol Hill, and thousands more joined them virtually, to urge members of Congress to support the bill.

We applaud Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Joe Pitts (R-PA) and Gene Green (D-TX) for their efforts to move this critical legislation forward.