This week Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, announced the next steps in the Committee’s “Innovation for Healthier Americans” initiative, legislation similar to the House-passed 21st Century Cures bill. The HELP Committee will now mark-up a series of separate bills involving medical innovation.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), who introduced the legislation in the House, commended the action of the Senate Committee, saying the announcement is “just the latest milestone in the effort to give patients and their loved ones more hope.”

NACDS supports the intent of the legislation and continues to be vigilant in ensuring there are no “pay-fors” included in the bill which would negatively impact pharmacy.