Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today penned an op-ed for National Review championing medical innovation and previewing his FDA reform legislation.
by TED CRUZ October 22, 2015 3:09 PM
The FDA denies approval to cures for diseases because of decades-old research standards that don’t make sense for today’s science.
America has always been a pioneering place. It has spurred innovation and offered hope and opportunity to millions of people from around the world. Many of our greatest innovators have been doctors and researchers who have risked everything to save lives. Yet now scientists and patients are too frequently being denied the opportunity to advance medical cures. We continue to lose far too many of our loved ones to the “invisible graveyard,” as economist Alex Tabarrok has described: lives that could have been saved but for a bureaucratic barrier that rejects medical cures and innovation. In 2015, 700,000 Americans are expected to die of Alzheimer’s; nearly 600,000 lives will be taken by cancer. Moreover, millions of Americans suffer from countless chronic diseases that significantly impair their daily well-being. For instance, 25.8 million are afflicted by diabetes, and 30 million are afflicted by rare diseases, 95 percent of which have no known treatment. These numbers are more than mere statistics: Each is a member of our family, a friend, a neighbor. Just one cure could rescue millions among us from suffering. While we will never know how many lives could have been saved by research, we can search for cures to save those who otherwise would fall prey to those same diseases. We need to tear down the barriers blocking a new era of medical innovation, and the primary inhibitor is the government itself. Right now, the Food and Drug Administration stifles new treatments, operates with decades-old methodology, and discourages scientific development.
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