The Lupus Foundation of America will partner with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) to support a new $230 million, five-year initiative that will accelerate the ability to develop new medicines for lupus and other diverse and complex diseases.
Appropriations Bill Includes Critical Support for Lupus
Today, the Lupus Foundation of America thanks the U.S. House Appropriations Committee for voting to pass their version of the Fiscal Year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, which includes critical research and education funding for lupus. The bill now moves to the full House for consideration.
The bill would provide $6 million for the National Lupus Patient Registry Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $2 million for the clinical trial action plan the Office of Minority Health (OMH) within Health and Human Services Department and $33.3 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for medical research, including research for lupus.
These programs are of vital importance to understanding lupus and reducing the time to diagnosis. The Congressional Lupus Caucus championed a Dear Colleague letter to highlight the need for these programs. The Foundation assisted the Caucus’s efforts, resulting in 28 Members of Congress signing on in support of the lupus programs at the CDC and OMH.
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A new Congressional report includes an article contributed by the Lupus Foundation of America on health disparities among people with lupus and current efforts to improve treatment and diagnosis in minority communities.