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house Bill H.R. 639

Should New Drugs Be Approved (Or Denied) Faster?

Argument in favor

Would help ensure that new treatment options reach patients in a timely manner.

BananaNeil's Opinion
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03/05/2015
60 days is more than enough time to put together a valid approval. Lets advance human medicine! And, honestly, I would rather the DEA spent time approving drugs that can help people than sending people to prison for things like possession of marijuana.
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Stormcrow's Opinion
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02/18/2015
This is a reasonable streamline of the process of drug approval. Follow up by adding more transparency in the approval process by both the FDA and the DEA. For example, an up to the minute current online database on submissions, approvals, denials, including details that are freely accessible by the public.
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Inez's Opinion
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03/14/2015
There have been so many drugs approve and later proven to be bad. So the process now in effect isn't working. I believe individuals should be given all facts concerning the drug, let them make up their mind signing a form releasing anyone from any legal retribution.
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Argument opposed

Rushing approval of experimental medicines has the potential to backfire widely and lethally.

Debra's Opinion
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02/17/2015
All drugs and vaccines need to be proven SAFE before given to the uninformed. We trust our doctors and doctors should be able to TRUST the pharma companies. This can only be done through thorough drug testing.
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John's Opinion
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02/22/2015
Drugs must be tested and approved before sale.
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ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/19/2015
The FDA already does enough harm by not allowing many helpful drugs from coming to market. Instead of involving other agencies or trying to fix this with a bandaid, we should limit the FDA to being an informative bureau without any power to regulate which drugs can and cannot be purchased and sold.
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    60 days is more than enough time to put together a valid approval. Lets advance human medicine! And, honestly, I would rather the DEA spent time approving drugs that can help people than sending people to prison for things like possession of marijuana.
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    All drugs and vaccines need to be proven SAFE before given to the uninformed. We trust our doctors and doctors should be able to TRUST the pharma companies. This can only be done through thorough drug testing.
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    Drugs must be tested and approved before sale.
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    The FDA already does enough harm by not allowing many helpful drugs from coming to market. Instead of involving other agencies or trying to fix this with a bandaid, we should limit the FDA to being an informative bureau without any power to regulate which drugs can and cannot be purchased and sold.
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    This is a reasonable streamline of the process of drug approval. Follow up by adding more transparency in the approval process by both the FDA and the DEA. For example, an up to the minute current online database on submissions, approvals, denials, including details that are freely accessible by the public.
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    There have been so many drugs approve and later proven to be bad. So the process now in effect isn't working. I believe individuals should be given all facts concerning the drug, let them make up their mind signing a form releasing anyone from any legal retribution.
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    I'm in medicine. Two words: DUE DILIGENCE.
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    Take your time with new drugs
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    Public safety should be a priority, not a timeline.
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    Drug companies should NOT be allowed to push through drugs before adequate testing for efficacy and safety is performed. Too many people are harmed by the drug companies' desire for quick profit for their shareholders. There should, however, be a way for people in dire and immediate need of a drug to petition for inclusion in human trials of the drug.
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    Increasing the speed of approval would be a good idea because it lets the market decide for or against a treatment, rather than large government oversight that typically takes excessive amounts of time to change.
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    So many drugs as of late have been rushed through , then taken off the market because they are dangerous. Safety needs ro be the key!
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    Minimum government. Maximum FREEDOM.
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    As a hospice nurse, I see many people die waiting for a drug to be approved. I agree the process to approve new drugs should be slow enough to ensure the drugs are safe, but currently, the process is too long.
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    Remember Thalidomide. On this issue it pays to be careful
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    Rushing ANY medication into approval of denial, could have any dangerous and lethal effects on patients, the drugs and their side effects need to be well researched and documented before FDA approval or denial
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    These are smart and calculated time frames to work under.
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    The FDA is an unwieldy behemoth that can delay important treatment by years of not decades. Appointing senators and congressmen that actually believe in science to scientific committees might make some improvements to the process, but getting some of the lawyers out of the way definitely would.
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    Must insure safety first.
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    I suffer from chronic migraines, in upwards of 7 days a week. I think medication should be available sooner because some of us need more options to be able to live productive lives.
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