President Obama and the Congress gifted the U.S. citizens with an early Christmas gift last week, by passing the 21st Century Cures Act. The $6.3 billion bipartisan bill will boost efforts in fighting against the opioid addiction that devastated the country in recent years. Moreover, the law will also focus on developing cures for cancer, treating mental illnesses, and even preventing Alzheimer’s disease or other degenerative affections through a better understating of the human brain.
Also, the law will allow the scientific community to take advantage of the advancements in biomechanical innovations and prompt cures and treatments from incurable diseases like cancer to rare pediatric conditions. Ultimately, this array of efficient treatments will reach the doctors’ offices and medicine cabinets across the country while keeping America’s golden standards of safety intact.
According to President Barack Obama, the opportunity to pass such a legislation was a chance the American officials could not miss and represents a way of saving lives. Also, Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate Majority Leader also levels with the President, saying that this is “the most important legislation” that the Congress adopted in 2016.
The head of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins has made several predictions in relation to what the 21st Century Cures Act could offer over the course of the next decades. Hence, he expects that doctors will be able to treat diabetes by growing an artificial pancreas. Also, he foresees dramatic advancements in creating a vaccine capable of curing Zika and AIDS, pain medicines that do not cause the patients to become addicted, and a universal flu shot.
Dr. Francis’ more ambitious predictions refer to scientists being able to detect Alzheimer’s in patients from an early stage and even preventing the disease, and building a human heart from cells gathered from the patient.
Ultimately, the 21st Century Cures act is expected to also modernize the Food and Drug Administration. Even though the biomedical research is taking off in modern days, the approval processes and federal review are taking too long and also a lot of money is lost on the way.
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