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U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett Honored for Commitment to Changing the World for People Affected by MS

March 20, 2017

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has named U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, as its 2016 U.S. Representative of the Year.

Rep. Doggett supports many policies that would improve the lives of people with MS. As leader of the Affordable Drug Pricing Task Force, the congressman has helped raise awareness about the challenges people face accessing necessary and life-saving medications. As part of this advocacy, Rep. Doggett hosted a town hall on drug pricing in 2016 where he and a local MS activist discussed the importance of this issue.
 
“Representative Doggett understands the importance of access to medication for people living with MS,” said National MS Society President and CEO Cyndi Zagieboylo. “His leadership of the Affordable Drug Pricing Task Force has raised awareness of this very important issue. This is a first step to addressing such a complex issue, and Rep. Doggett is committed to advancing legislative solutions.”
 
Rep. Doggett has signed Dear Colleague letters requesting increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the MS Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. Additionally, he pushed for higher research funding for the NIH and Food and Drug Administration in the 21st Century Cures Act that includes many beneficial provisions such as the Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act. He also supports improving access to and quality standards of complex rehabilitation technology.
 
 “I am pleased to be awarded the Representative of the Year by the National MS Society. As a founder of the House Prescription Drug Task Force and a member of the Congressional MS Caucus, I am committed to bringing more oversight and transparency to how drug prices are determined and developing legislative solutions so that people with MS and other conditions can access the medications they need,” said Rep. Doggett.

The National MS Society presented Lloyd Doggett with the U.S. Representative of the Year award during its 26th annual Public Policy Conference, help March 20-22. The event united nearly 300 MS activists from across the country in Washington, D.C. to educate elected officials about the needs of people affected by MS.

For more information on the National MS Society and MS issues, visit nationalMSsociety.org/advocacy, facebook.com/nationalMSsociety, twitter.com/MSactivist, or follow #MS, #MSactivist, #MSresearch #NIH #CDMRP, and #neurodata on social media.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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