The Association for Accessible Medicines welcomes recently’s unanimous 51-0 passage of the CREATES Act by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. We commend the leadership of Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR), Health Subcommittee Chair Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Michael Burgess (R-TX) who forged strong bipartisan support for this bill, which helps enhance patient access to affordable generic and biosimilar medicines. Special recognition should be given to Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and David McKinley (R-VA) who have tirelessly championed this legislation for years because it will help ease the burdens of patients paying for high-priced prescription medicines whose manufacturers have gamed the system to keep competitors off the market. Today’s vote is an important step along the path to providing patients with relief from high drug prices. We look forward to the House Judiciary Committee’s prompt consideration of the CREATES Act – where it enjoys strong bipartisan support – and its subsequent passage by the House of Representatives.
SOURCE: Association for Accessible Medicines