We support equitable and early access to lifesaving genetic testing and diagnostics–including advancing the continued success and modernization of our nation’s newborn screening system–to enable earlier treatment and better health outcomes for those living with a rare disease. We will continue to advocate for newborn screening re-authorization and modernization and promote policies that encourage access to and coverage of genetic testing.
Newborn screening is a vital and proven public health program that screens approximately four million U.S. newborns each year. In the first 24 to 48 hours of a baby’s life, a small blood sample is taken to detect serious, potentially fatal, genetic conditions that can be treated if diagnosed early. We believe equitable access to newborn screening can ensure that all babies have the best chance for a healthy life.
As technology and innovation in rare disease research and development continues to advance, genetic testing will play an increasingly important role in the diagnosis and potential treatment of inherited and rare conditions. We believe equitable and early access to lifesaving genetic testing and diagnostics will enable earlier treatment and better health outcomes for all rare disease patients.
Incorporating advance patient engagement into the diagnosis and treatment development process will help advance the development and delivery of treatments to those living with rare diseases. We applaud the work Congress has done to date to advance patient engagement in drug development, and call on Congress to now pass the BENEFIT Act which would allow the FDA to capture meaningful patient experiences, PFDD, and related data points as part of their benefit-risk assessment tool.
“Standard health screenings can help ensure that newborns receive the best possible start in life. These medical assessments provide parents with peace of mind and are essential for catching conditions early so that proper treatment can begin as soon as possible. The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act would build on the success and effectiveness of screening programs, educate providers, and empower parents.”
U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
“Anyone with a newborn is anxious to ensure that their baby is healthy and remains that way. This bipartisan legislation will help educate parents about the importance of screening their newborns and provide funding to help states strengthen this important public health program.”
U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
“Early detection of common disorders can have a dramatic impact on the health and wellness of a child. It is important for every family to have access to newborn screening.”
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)
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