Michael F. Bennet

Van Hollen measure to speed pediatric cancer drugs clears Congress

Van Hollen measure to speed pediatric cancer drugs clears Congress

The Senate gave final approval Thursday to a measure backed by Sen. Chris Van Hollen that would speed approval of cancer drugs for children.

The bipartisan measure, approved by the House in July, was attached to legislation that will allow the Silver Spring-based Food and Drug Administration to continue to collect fees from pharmaceutical companies to pay for drug reviews.

The specific provision on pediatric cancer would update a 2003 law and require drug companies to test potential adult therapies for childhood cancers in more cases.

“No childhood should be interrupted by a struggle for survival, but cancer tragically puts far too many kids in Maryland and across the...

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