Bilirakis Health Initiatives Pass Committee
Both bills passed the Energy and Commerce Committee with unanimous bipartisan support, U.S. Rep, Gus Bilirakis said.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Tarpon Springs, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, applauded the committee’s passage of legislation Wednesday (June 7) to reform the Food and Drug Administration and promote public health priorities.
Among the bills advanced were Bilirakis’ Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1222) and the FDA Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2430), which includes a provision authored by Bilirakis aimed at lowering drug prices.
The Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act renews critical surveillance and research programs to better treat and understand congenital heart defects, Bilirakis said. The bill was unanimously approved by the committee, and will head to the floor of the House of Representatives for consideration.
“About 40,000 babies will be born over the next year with a congenital heart defect, and 5 percent will not live to see their first birthday. The road ahead may be scary and uncertain for any parent of a newborn who has CHD, but this bill gives hope to those coping with the diagnosis. We made great progress today by advancing the Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act through the committee,” Bilirakis said.
The committee also passed the FDA Reauthorization Act, which makes reforms to streamline the FDA’s approval processes, helping get new drugs and treatments to patients faster. Bilirakis worked on a bipartisan provision to spur the development of new generic drugs. This would help increase competition in drug markets and drive prices down.
“Too often, we’ve seen the price of lifesaving drugs skyrocket as bad actors take advantage of monopolies in the market,” Bilirakis said. “It happened in 2015, when Turing Pharmaceuticals hiked the price of an HIV drug from $13.50 to $750 overnight, and again last year when Mylan raised the cost of the EpiPen by 400 percent. Patients who rely on these medications deserve better, and that’s why I’m glad the FDA Reauthorization Act will include my provision to enhance generic drug competition.”
Both bills passed the Energy and Commerce Committee with unanimous bipartisan support. Please click here for a full list of the legislation passed Wednesday.
Bilirakis represents Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which includes north Pinellas and Pasco counties.
For information about Bilirakis, go to bilirakis.house.gov.
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