Bipartisan Policy Center Announces New FDA Modernization Initiative

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) today announced the launch of a new FDA modernization initiative — a one-year effort spearheaded by former Senate Majority Leader, Bill Frist, M.D.

This initiative will support the efforts of Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and other members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. BPC launches this new effort as the committee begins a new bipartisan initiative to examine the time and cost currently involved with medical product discovery and development, and how to better align public policies to support medical innovation.

“BPC commends the committee for its commitment to this important issue and looks forward to reviewing and commenting on today’s report release, Innovation for Healthier Americans, by Senators Alexander and Richard Burr (R-NC),” said Senator Frist. “We also recognize the considerable bipartisan efforts of House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Dianna DeGette (D-CO) on the 21st Century Cures Initiative. Bipartisan, bicameral efforts by the House and Senate afford a tremendous opportunity for constructive collaboration on these important issues. BPC looks forward to being a part of the discussion and will release more details about the initiative in the coming weeks.”

KEYWORDS: BILL FRIST, DIANNA DEGETTE, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, HEALTH INNOVATION, LAMAR ALEXANDER, PATTY MURRAY, RICHARD BURR