12.07.16

Senator David Perdue Supports Effort To Boost Medical Innovation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which lays the foundation for the next generation of cures and treatments for life threatening diseases, opioid addition, and mental illness: 

“Too many of us have watched our loved ones fight cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and various other life threatening diseases. Medical researchers, many of them in Georgia, are hard at work developing lifesaving vaccines and trial treatments. We need to support their research and encourage more innovation and competition in the marketplace. This will not only save lives and drive down costs, but also keep Americans healthier longer. Over the next 20 years as Baby Boomers age, our country’s Medicare and Medicaid costs are expected to skyrocket. This investment now on the front-end will help curb those impending costs.”

The 21st Century Cures Act will:

  • Remove barriers to increased research collaboration;
  • Modernize clinical trials;
  • Identify diseases earlier through personalized medicine; and
  • Provide new incentives for the development of drugs for rare diseases.