Sen. Brown Requests Information On FDA Fast-Track Designation

Armen Hareyan's picture
Advertisement

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)last week filed a request with the CongressionalResearch Servicefor more information on the fast-track designation that FDA awardsto reduce review times for new medications for serious diseases, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Last month, the PlainDealer published a series of articles based on a seven-monthinvestigation on the fast-track designation and "concluded the designation... provides little actual benefit to consumers" and "has amounted toa government blessing ... for drug companies and a boon for investors lookingto make quick money on the stock market."

Advertisement

Brown requested the information in preparation for meetings with Sen. EdwardKennedy (D-Mass.), chair of the Senate Health,Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, to decide whether lawmakers should revise oreliminate the fast-track designation, which Congress established in 1997.

Comments

Brown said, "We'llhave a better understanding then, when I go to Kennedy and his people to talkabout this," adding, "They can see what they want to do then."Kennedy in a statement said, "Fast-track designation is meant to speed thereview of urgently needed medicines, and it should not be abused toartificially inflate a company's profits," adding, "Congress shouldsee that the fast-track process is not abused and retains its intended purposeof seeing that important new medicines reach the patients who need them withoutundue delay" (Rutchick/Zeltner, Cleveland Plain Dealer,1/10).

Reprintedwith permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, search the archives, and sign upfor email delivery at kaisernetwork.org/email . The Kaiser Daily Health PolicyReport is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of The Henry J.Kaiser Family Foundation.

Share this content.

If you liked this article and think it may help your friends, consider sharing or tweeting it to your followers.
Advertisement