Gingrich: Remove Obstacles to Medical Breakthroughs

What do you think about the presidential candidate's promise to maximize the speed and impact of medical breakthroughs by removing unnecessary obstacles that block new treatments from reaching patients with diseases such as Alzheimer’s and autism?


Newt Gingrich is coming to Burlingame this weekend to headline the California Republican Party spring convention. 

The presidential candidate has outlined his legislative proposals should he be elected into office.

One of those is to "Maximize the speed and impact of medical breakthroughs by removing unnecessary obstacles that block new treatments from reaching patients and emphasizing research spending toward urgent national priorities, like brain science with its impact on Alzheimer’s, autism, Parkinson’s, mental health and other conditions that knowledge of the brain will help solve," according to his campaign website.

What do you think of this proposal? Do you believe there is too much red tape in getting treatments approved by the Food and Drug Administration?

Tell us in the comments. 

Zeke Mead February 23, 2012 at 05:04 AM
I will if he let's me be one of the first to move to his colony on the moon.... but he has to go first...
Cyn Stern February 23, 2012 at 03:21 PM
He wants to rush relatively-less-tested medications to market, allegedly for the benefit of patients everywhere. Maybe he's sincere. Maybe he wishes to maximize Big Pharma's profits. I'm betting on the latter. I'd suggest a compromise: Go ahead and rush the meds to market, but distribute them for free or at cost to fully-informed and closely-monitored patients, and have the results of all of these patients' outcomes readily available to both the medical community and to the public. Also have funding set aside to compensate any patients who experience adverse side-effects.
Dianna Taylor February 23, 2012 at 04:08 PM
He just wants the votes.Keep a file on all the grand promises and see what happens within the next couple of years
jen l. February 27, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Newt Gingrich's public persona is that of a cheating womanizing hypocrite, but maybe he's an angel in private. But i doubt he'll do the right thing and shut down the embryo experimentation factories, which he's vowed to ban. That's big business.
Dianna Taylor February 27, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Please read the Sunday article in the SF Chronicle by Debra Saunders in the INSIGHT SECTION It says it all and everyone who votes better do their homework in getting the correct info


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