LETTERS: Pass The PDUFA
As a retired nurse, I am always interested in healthcare innovation. While working in mental health, I was constantly staying up to date on the newest treatments, techniques, and remedies that could make my patients' lives better. In America, we have been blessed by an innovative, experimental culture that is always working towards something better.
You'd be amazed to see how far we've come from the perspective of a veteran of the healthcare industry. From my time in Memphis at the Baptist Memorial Hospital during the 60s to today, there have been radical improvements to the way we are able to care for the sick.
It's really a great thing.
I feel so strongly about this that whenever I hear about Government interventions that are threatening the very fabric of our healthcare system, I feel compelled to speak up. I was very active against the price control measures in the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act and still oppose them in principle.
Public policy has so much of an impact on medicine that it is critical that those who know the industry make their voices heard when issues in this field are being debated.
This is why today, I urge you and all of your readers to encourage your legislators to pass the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA).
This simple fee does a lot in the efforts of creating new medicines! With the PDUFA in place, the FDA is able to fund more trials of new medications and get them to market sooner than the rest of the world. Testing drugs is not cheap and so this minor tax on drug companies ensures that we are able to continue bringing revolutionary medicines to market safely.
The United States brings more new medicines to market than any other country and that is partly because of our PDUFA law. With this law set to expire, we need our leaders to step up and do the right thing.
Keep our healthcare industry innovative, pass the Prescription Drug User Fee Act!
Lu Jones, RN