On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed the $6.3 billion 21st Century Cures Act into law. This bipartisan effort is designed to accelerate approval of new drugs, invest in medical research, support the fight against the opioid abuse epidemic, and expand mental healthcare. Ultimately, supporters of this act state its purpose is to address significant health challenges facing us today. Meanwhile, critics of the bill argue that it does not increase funding enough to legitimately tackle these difficult health challenges and provides pharmaceutical companies a way to fast-track more marginally effective, overpriced drugs and devices to market.
Read more about the details of the new act to form your own opinion!