UPDATE — 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT SIGNED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA
Manhattan Institute’s Project FDA has been at the forefront of advocating for FDA reform since 2006. The passage of the 21st Century Cures Act is a “critical win for patients,” according to MI’s Paul Howard.
As the ad we ran in The New York Times last October stated: everyone will be a patient someday, and the reforms contained in the 21st Century Cures Act aim to bring life-saving treatments to patients faster than ever before.
Project FDA is a Manhattan Institute initiative that aims to reform the FDA to meet 21st century challenges. Project FDA promotes reforms that can enable the FDA to offer a more predictable, transparent, and efficient pathway for bringing safe and effective new products to patients.
Medicine is on the cusp of a radical transformation. New sciences and technologies are poised to allow physicians to personalize treatment for every cancer patient; arrest or prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease; and radically lower health care costs by reducing the prevalence of expensive chronic diseases. Unfortunately, today's FDA has struggled to adapt its regulations to new scientific advances.
"The passage of the 21st Century Cures Act is a critical win for patients, bringing America’s system for developing and approving new medicines into the 21st century." — Paul Howard
Project FDA believes the FDA can become a bridge for innovation, rather than a barrier to it, and that this can be achieved without sacrificing patient safety. For instance, advances in molecular medicine that allow companies to target specific sub-groups of patients, combined with electronic health records, should allow the FDA to streamline and improve time-consuming and expensive pre-market product testing that can take a decade or more, and implement vigorous post-market surveillance of "real world" patients after drugs or devices demonstrate safety and efficacy in early testing. This approach will not only accelerate access to innovative products; it should enhance efforts to safeguard public health.
Project FDA will educate the public on the FDA's vital role in advancing medical innovation; highlight the potential for new sciences to improve health while also lowering costs; and collaborate with patients' groups, industry stakeholders, and policymakers to modernize the FDA's policies and procedures.