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Senate Approves 21st Century Cures Act

On December 7, the Senate passed, 94-5, H.R. 34, which incorporates provisions of H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act. The House passed H.R. 34 on November 30 (see The Source, 12/2/16).

The legislation authorizes $4.8 billion for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Innovation Account, $500 million for a Food and Drug Administration Innovation Account, $1 billion for expanded opioid treatment programs, and increased funding levels for NIH through FY2020.

The Senate vote clears the bill for President Obama’s signature.  

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