Further research on Angiomax would be of particular importance to groups such as African-Americans and senior citizens, which are disproportionately affected by heart disease and stroke. Indeed, studies have indicated that Angiomax offers even more positive results in African-Americans and in the elderly than in the general population. For this reason, members of the Congressional Black Caucus have strongly supported addressing this patent provision.
Our country’s patent laws should protect and promote lifesaving research, not thwart its development because of inconsistent interpretations by government agencies.
By acting to approve the House-passed patent reform bill, the Senate can ensure that investments are made in innovative, lifesaving drugs that will not only preserve and improve the health and well-being of millions of Americans who are afflicted with or at risk for so many diseases and conditions, but will also create jobs.
This legislation, therefore, not only is noncontroversial, but it makes great health, scientific and economic sense.
Del. Donna Christensen (D-Virgin Islands) is chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust.