Dec 8, 2016 by

Senate passed HR34, 21st Century Cures Act
     The US Senate voted yesterday to pass HR34, the 21st Century Cures Act on a 94 to 5 vote.  President Obama has said he will sign the bill.  Senators who voted “No” are Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkly of Oregon, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Mike Lee of Utah.

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The Los Angeles Times said this about the bill, “The 21st Century Cures Act is a huge deregulatory giveaway to the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, papered over by new funding for those research initiatives. The punchline is that the regulatory rollback is real, but the funding may not be — it’s subject over the next decade to annual appropriations by Congress that might never come.” Michael Carome, director of the Health Research Group at the advocacy organization Public Citizen said, “This continues a trend of eroding standards at the Food and Drug Administration since the 1990s.”

The bill would allow:

  • Experimental drugs and vaccines to be used on people without informed consent,
  • The licensing of medical devices and drugs that have not gone through rigorous safety and efficacy trials,
  • “Expedited” safety and efficacy testing for drugs, vaccines and medical devices,

It eliminates current law that requires physicians to report gifts and other forms of compensation from drug, vaccine and medical devices firms.

Currently, a child injured in utero by a vaccine has a legal right to sue the doctor and vaccine manufacturer. HR 34 takes away those basic rights and would force the child to apply in the dead-end National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

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