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Mike Garcia Supports Legislation to Fight ALS, Neurodegenerative Diseases

Co-Sponsors ACT for ALS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Mike Garcia (CA-25) released the following statement after he co-sponsored the bipartisan, bicameral Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act (ACT for ALS), H.R. 3537. This bill would create the infrastructure needed to fund early access to promising clinical trial therapies for patients who suffer from fast-progressing rare neurodegenerative and terminal diseases, like ALS.

β€œIt is imperative that we take action to help those who suffer from ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases,” said Garcia. β€œALS is a 100% fatality disease, and people with ALS are in a sense drowning because the FDA refuses to throw them a life-boat due to fear that the life-boat may have a hole. It is past time that we throw those with ALS the life-boat they deserve, which is why I am proud to co-sponsor this bipartisan bill that would provide those living with ALS with improved access to promising clinical therapies and also pave the path for future understanding and improved treatments for ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases.”

ACT for ALS would create a public-private partnership for the rare neurodegenerative disease at HHS to streamline the development and approval of innovative therapies. The legislation would also establish a grant program at FDA related to rare neurodegenerative diseases.

The legislation is supported by I AM ALS, The ALS Association, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.