What We Are Trying to Accomplish: To continue funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Multiple Sclerosis Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) to help find prevent, treat and find a cure for MS, as well as ensure that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has enough resources to meet its goals of protecting the public’s health.
Why It’s Important: The NIH is the country’s premier institution for health research and the single largest source of funding for MS research projects in the world. The MS CDMRP provides additional research funding for research projects focused on MS. Congress determines how much funding these programs receive every year.
The FDA is responsible for ensuring many consumer products are safe to be used or consumed. In relation to health care, they review all drugs and medical devices before they are available to the public. During this review, FDA will determine whether these therapies are safe and effective. Adequate funding is needed to ensure therapies are evaluated in a timely manner so that they can get to patients.
Updates: For Fiscal Year 2014, the NIH received $29.9 billion. This was a $1 billion increase over the prior year, but the NIH’s funding level has not kept pace with biomedical research inflation and is insufficient to maintain the momentum needed better treat and cure diseases like MS. The Senate has started working on the bill to fund the NIH next year and recommended $30.46 billion. The House has not yet started working on this bill.
For Fiscal Year 2014, the MS CDMRP received $5 million. The House recently approved an increase for the MS CDMRP next year—for a total of $10 million. This is incredible progress and the Society urges the Senate to similarly recommend $10 million for the MS CDMRP.
For Fiscal Year 2014, the FDA received $2.55 billion. The House and Senate have worked on their bills that include funding for the FDA next year and both recommend just over $20 million more than last year.