Lawmakers Float Bill To Ease New Antibiotic Approvals

Law360, New York (December 16, 2013, 6:42 PM EST) -- A bipartisan group of 10 lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday introduced legislation that would relax approval standards for antibiotics that serve an unmet need, aiming to build on efforts last year to incentivize development of bacteria-killing drugs.

The Antibiotic Development to Advance Patient Treatment Act, or ADAPT, would allow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to clear new antibiotics intended for use in a “limited population of patients” who lack satisfactory treatments for serious conditions.

Under the bill, the FDA could give...
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