July 25, 2003
American Academy of Pediatrics President Stephen Edwards said he hoped the House would quickly pass the legislation (Heil, CongressDaily/AM, 7/25). Mark Isaac, vice president for governmental and public affairs at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, said, "This vote was a major victory for children and a critical next step towards a guarantee that children have the same access to safe and effective medicines that we demand for ourselves as adults" (Reuters/Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/25). CongressDaily/AM reports that the Bush administration supports the legislation (CongressDaily/AM, 7/25). In a joint statement, FDA Commissioner Dr. Mark McClellan and HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson said, "[M]edicines to be used by children should undergo specific pediatric testing and not simply rely on adult tests. This testing is needed both for new drugs and also for already-approved drugs that may be prescribed for children but still lack pediatric testing (HHS release, 7/24).
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