Act Now – Help Strengthen Pediatric Law for Children with Cancer

Congress is currently working to reauthorize two critical federal laws that provide incentives and requirements for pharmaceutical companies to test their drugs for use in children – The Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act (BPCA) and the Pediatric Research Equity Act (PREA).

While BPCA and PREA have made significant research advances in how medicines can be used in children in general, the laws have had a very modest impact on the development of new drugs for children with cancer. In fact, PREA itself has had no meaningful impact. We need your help to modify this law so that it can help children with cancer.

Under current PREA law, companies are required to study their drugs in children only if the drug is developed for a disease that occurs in both adults and children. Because common adult cancers – such as breast, colon, lung and prostate typically do not affect children, companies receive waivers so they are not required to study these drugs in children with cancer even though they may hold great promise.

As a member of the Alliance for Childhood Cancer, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) signed on to a letter advocating for a proposal to strengthen PREA so that it can be used to encourage companies to evaluate whether their new cancer drugs can provide better and more effective treatment options for children with cancer “if the target of the drug for an adult oncologic indication is included in the drug’s label and is highly relevant to any pediatric cancer to which it could apply.”

As a cancer advocate, please take a minute to visit LLS’s Advocacy Center to send a pre-drafted, editable email to your representatives and senators to urge them to strengthen PREA for children with cancer. Please act now!

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