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Capitol Health Call
January 13, 2015

Legislation Introduced to Spur Ebola Treatments and Vaccines

JAMA. 2015;313(2):124. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.16642

Sen Tom Harkin (D, Iowa) and Sen Lamar Alexander (R, Tenn) introduced a bill in November to speed the development of Ebola treatments and vaccines. The legislation would add Ebola to the list of neglected tropical diseases qualifying for the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) priority review “voucher” program, designed to encourage the development of new drugs for such illnesses.

Under the program, first authorized by Congress in 2007, the developer of a treatment for a qualifying tropical disease receives a voucher that can be used for FDA priority review of a second product or sold to another company.

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