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Senate Pushes FDA toward Approvable Drugs

September 18th, 2011

The Senate Appropriations Committee has passed its Report accompanying the appropriations   bill for the Department of Agriculture and Related Agencies, which includes the Food and Drug Administration. The Report includes the following language, “Obesity Therapeutics– The Committee is concerned with the absence of novel medicines to treat obesity, the second leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States and a disease linked to cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. With only diet, exercise, and gastric surgery as options, the lack of obesity medications is a significant unmet medical need. The Committee directs FDA to report by March 30, 2012 on the steps it will take to support the development of new treatments for obesity, including the use of its Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy and other post-marketing authorities, to mitigate risk and ensure rigorous post-market scrutiny while increasing access to novel medications. “ No doubt this will continue to put pressure to have FDA act more positively to find ways to find approvable drugs.