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April 16, 2010 [Washington, DC] – Lung Cancer Alliance and over sixty patient advocate organizations joined together in sending a letter to the US Senate Appropriations Subcommittee On Labor, HHS and Education calling for immediate funding of the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN). CAN was enacted as part of Health Care Reform legislation and is a vital new approach to moving high need medical cures through the development pipeline faster.
CAN is to be established within the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and authorizes new grant-making mechanisms to more quickly move discoveries from the lab into the next generation of therapies. The law also includes the Food and Drug Administration in the work that CAN will undertake, providing a crucial link between NIH and the drug approval process.
To view the letter, click here.
UPDATE: May 15, 2010 [Washington, DC] -- Lung Cancer Alliance and more than eighty public health interest groups have sent al letter to the House Labor and HHS Appopriations Subcommittee calling for the immediate funding and implementation of the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN).
To view this letter, click here.
Lung Cancer Alliance will continue to monitor this implementation of this law. Please check for regular updates.