The following statement was issued today by Peter L. Saltonstall, President and CEO of NORD, following the release of the second discussion draft by the House Energy and Commerce Committee for its 21st Century Cures initiative:
The second discussion draft of the 21st Century Cures initiative released today includes a number of encouraging ideas on how to advance the development of new medical therapies. The Committee and its staff deserve praise for efforts to bring these ideas together and for their months of work to make this a collaborative and transparent process.
We are encouraged by many of the ideas included in the second discussion draft. Since the initiative was launched one year ago, NORD has advocated for several provisions included therein, including incorporating the patient perspective through the patient-focused drug development initiative, developing registries of natural history data of rare disease patients, increasing transparency in the expanded access process, and increased funding for NIH, among others.
Nothing is more important to the rare disease community than providing an environment conducive to the development of new therapies and access to them. We will conduct a thorough evaluation and will continue to work closely with the Committee and members of the House and Senate as legislation moves forward.
Peter L. Saltonstall
President and CEO, National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
If you have supported NORD with a donation at any time during its 31+ year history, we thank you. The wonderful work that NORD has accomplished since 1983 on behalf of rare disease patients and their families wouldn’t have been possible without the support of many caring individuals.
NORD works very hard to be a careful steward of donated funds, keeping operating costs low so that 95 cents of every dollar goes directly to programs and services for patients.
We know that you receive many solicitations for contributions at this time of year, but we believe that NORD has earned a place at the top of your list through its history of dedicated leadership and service.
And we are excited to tell you about two unique opportunities to drive progress for patients in 2015: promoting state-based advocacy through NORD’s Rare Action Network™ (RAN) and advancing research with an innovative new platform NORD has developed for patient registries and natural history studies. read more >
It’s truly amazing to hear everyone’s unique personal story on why medical research is important to them. Whether it’s a parent whose son or daughter is living with a rare disease, a grandparent who has an incurable degenerative disease or a wife or husband whose spouse is battling cancer, everyone’s life in one way or another has been touched by a serious disease without a cure.
This fact makes the following statistics even more baffling. Over the last ten years, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has received stagnant funding, resulting in the NIH losing nearly 25% of its purchasing power to inflation. Budget cuts in 2013 resulted in 750 fewer patients admitted to the NIH Clinical Center, and 640 fewer competitive grants were awarded. These trends are forcing young researchers to rethink their career path in the U.S. After all, the NIH can only accept one-sixth of grant applications due to funding shortfalls, compared to one-third of applications before this downward trend started.
The importance of NIH research cannot be overstated. NIH research benefits the economy, as every dollar in NIH funding results in $2.21 in local economic growth. The NIH supports over 400,000 jobs across the U.S., generating nearly $60 billion in new economic activity. The U.S. has gained one year of life expectancy for every 6 years since 1990, due largely to NIH research. In economic terms, this increased life expectancy can be valued at $95 trillion from 1970 to 2000. Finally, NIH research on cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes prevents approximately 1.35 million deaths annually. read more >
On behalf of the millions of Americans who have diseases with little or no treatment, the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has submitted a seven-step plan to the 21st Century Cures Initiative outlining ways to improve the discovery, development, and delivery of medical treatments in the U.S. read more >
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