Congress Tackles #1 Disease Killer of Children

RACE for Children Act will give children with cancer access to the most promising treatments.

This might sound like just a small, first step, but it actually reflects a level of buy-in and support that makes it an important milestone toward passage.The bipartisan, bicameral bill, the #RACEforChildrenAct, would enable children with cancer to have access to clinical trials of the most promising cancer drugs with molecular targets.

Pediatric cancer is the number one disease killer of children. However, kids with cancer cannot get access to the most promising, novel unapproved drugs.

PREA requires companies developing drugs for adults to also develop them for children. However, contrary to Congressional intent, PREA has never applied to cancer because children’s cancers occur in different organs than do adult cancers.

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