By Kurt R. Karst –
Just before Congress recessed for the month of August, and less than a month after the July 9th enactment of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act, several FDA-related bills were placed in the hoppers in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. With an election on the horizon and several other non-FDA-related issues to handle, it seems highly unlikely that Congress will be poised to tackle the FDA bills this year; however, they may provide some insight into some of the issues that will be debated in the 113th Congress come 2013.
H.R. 6272 – The Trial and Experimental Studies Transparency (“TEST”) Act of 2012
H.R. 6288 – The Patient Choice Act of 2012
H.R. 6342 – The Compassionate Freedom of Choice Act of 2012
S. 3506 – The Ethical Pathway Act of 2012