Diseases and Medical Research

I am a strong supporter of medical research.   Chronic diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes and heart disease affect 1 out of every 2 adults and kill nearly 2 million Americans every year.   Funding through the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Defense provides the possibility of medical breakthroughs in the detection, treatment and ultimately cures for diseases that are creating so many hardships for individuals and families – and that cost our nation enormously in high medical costs and lost productivity. 

I have joined with my colleagues to urge that we provide at least $32 billion in funding for NIH in FY2013, which will give us the opportunity to continue research into diseases from Alzheimers and AIDS to vision care and women’s health.

 

More on Diseases and Medical Research

March 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reiterate her concerns about awarding exclusive licenses for the production of a potential 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine or treatment and allowing drug manufactures to monopolize drugs that have been funded by millions of taxpayer dollars. 

February 28, 2020 Video
I asked Secretary Azar some questions regarding the Coronavirus.

 

February 20, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL –  Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, led 45 of her colleagues in sending a letter to President Donald J. Trump to raise serious concerns about awarding exclusive licenses for the production of a potential coronavirus vaccine or treatment and allowing drug manufactures to monopolize drugs that have been funded by millions of taxpayer dollars. 

January 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, released a statement on the first case of human-to-human transmission of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States, which has been confirmed in Illinois:

December 20, 2019 Press Release
The bill would lower prices and increase competition in the generic pharmaceutical market by establishing an Office of Drug Manufacturing within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) tasked with manufacturing select generic drugs and offering them to consumers at a fair price that guarantees affordable patient access.

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