21st Century Cures Initiative

In May 2014, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), launched the 21st Century Cures Initiative.

The mission of the initiative is to take a comprehensive look at what steps Congress can take to accelerate the pace of cures in America through medical innovation. The Energy and Commerce Committee has held a series of hearings, roundtables, and released several white papers soliciting ideas and information from stakeholders. The Committee hopes to introduce a bill or series of bills in the New Year aimed at improving and modernizing how we develop treatments and cures.

PAN Engagement
In June, PAN submitted a letter calling for better incentives for the drug industry to invest and move targets through the pipeline for Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. The letter outlines current therapies for Parkinson’s disease, the financial burden of the disease, and the state of federal research funding. PAN also makes several recommendations in key areas. To read the full letter, click here.

In August, PAN Florida State Directors Gretchen and Michael Church participated in a 21st Century Cures roundtable held by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL). Rep. Bilirakis, member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, brought together patients and stakeholders together to discuss the patient perspective on ways to get better treatments – medications and devices – to patients more quickly. To read their full submitted testimony, click here.

In September, PAN Illinois State Director Roger Halleen participated in a 21st Century Cures roundtable held by Reps. Shimkus (R-IL) and Davis (R-IL). Roger’s testimony focused on the need for investment in research and incentives to develop new treatments for Parkinson’s disease. To read his full submitted statement, click here.

PAN continues to monitor discussions and engage with the Committee on this exciting endeavor. Learn more about the 21st Cures Initiative and view the hearings here, and join the #Path2Cures conversation on Facebook and Twitter.