PoliticalNews.me - Mar 01,2017 - Bennet Reintroduces RACE for Children Act to Boost Pediatric Cancer Research
Generates Pediatric Studies Using Molecular Target Therapies
Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with Representatives Michael T. McCaul (R-TX-10), G. K. Butterfield (D-NC-01), Sean Duffy (R-WI-07), and Yvette Clarke (D-NY-09) today reintroduced the RACE for Children Act (Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity for Children Act) to support the development of innovative and promising cancer drugs for children.
The bipartisan bill, first introduced in the 114th Congress, would update the Pediatric Research Equity Act (PREA) to reflect the latest advances in cancer drugs. PREA was enacted by Congress in 2003 to address the scarcity of information about how to treat children with drugs developed for adults, and therefore develop pediatric data during drug development. Although PREA has resulted in new information on how to treat children for a multitude of drugs over the years, there are still limited pediatric studies for cancer drugs.
"In Colorado and around the country, researchers are making dramatic advances to treat and cure cancer, but there is even more we can do for our kids," Bennet said. "This legislation is a necessary update to our laws and has the potential to save thousands of children's lives. I look forward to continue working with parents, researchers, and other advocates to advance this bill to expand treatment options for children."
"Pediatric cancer impacts too many families in Florida and across the nation, including my own," Rubio said. "I am proud to reintroduce the RACE for Children Act, which would encourage more treatment options for children battling against cancer. This bill takes a further step in extending medical advances in adult cancer treatment to children fighting this horrific disease. I am especially honored to reintroduce this bill on behalf of the many advocates who have relentlessly fought to get more attention, funding and resources for childhood cancer. I look forward to continuing my work with them to make this crucial legislation a law."
"No childhood should be interrupted by a struggle for survival, but cancer tragically puts far too many kids in Maryland and across the country in a battle for their lives," Van Hollen said. "Researchers at institutions like the National Institutes of Health have made important progress on cancer research, and our laws need to reflect this. Our bill would update statutes around drug development to reflect recent advancements to research, which will help save children and their families from the misery of this horrific disease."
"The RACE for Children Act has the potential to increase access of life-saving cancer treatment and treatment for other serious illnesses for children by expanding pediatric studies," Gardner said. "This bipartisan, commonsense legislation paves the way for scientific breakthroughs and has the potential to not only mitigate suffering for pediatric cancer patients, but also save lives."
"Researchers have made tremendous strides in fighting cancer in adults, using ‘molecular targeting' to precisely attack cancer cells,"