Sen. Cassidy – one of a handful of physicians serving in Congress – spoke powerfully on the dire need for new treatments for newborns and how his bill would help spur the innovation needed to help bring neonatal drug therapies into the 21st Century.
While the amendment was eventually withdrawn by Sen. Cassidy as a procedural move, the conversation on newborn health at Wednesday’s high-profile markup is another example of the issue gathering momentum in this congressional session.
In other recent news, six leading children’s hospitals from across the country sent a letter applauding Sens. Cassidy and Casey for their work in introducing the bill and calling attention to a pressing issue in pediatric health. The letter – signed by Cheyenne Children’s Clinic (WY), Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics (MO), and Nationwide Children’s Hospital (OH) – also encouraged other senators to sign-on to the bill and “join this worthy effort.”
You too can join that effort by urging your senators to co-sponsor the Promoting Life-Saving New Therapies for Neonates Act. A pre-drafted letter is available through the Newborn Health Initiative’s action alert, here. For interested patient groups and advocacy organizations, an additional group sign-on letter is currently being circulated to demonstrate the growing breadth of support for this initiative. If your organization would consider adding its name to this letter, please reach out to Andy Rosenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org).