WASHINGTON, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Senate today joined the House in passing the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (S. 3187), a bill to support the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's drug and device reviews. The following statement should be attributed to Allan Coukell, director of medical programs at the Pew Health Group.
"We commend the Senate for passing the bipartisan FDA Safety and Innovation Act, and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for its leadership throughout this process.
"This legislation will, for the first time, enable the FDA to:
"We applaud Republicans and Democrats in both chambers of Congress for collaborating with each other and with businesses, consumer and patient advocates, and the medical community to develop and pass this bill. We now urge President Obama to sign and implement this legislation as swiftly as possible."
The Pew Health Group is a division of The Pew Charitable Trusts, which conducts rigorous research to form pragmatic policies that prevent unnecessary health risks. Learn more at www.pewhealth.org.
SOURCE The Pew Charitable Trusts