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American College of Cardiology Leadership Urges President Obama to Sign FDA User Fee Bill in a Timely Manner

CONTACT: Stephanie Abraham, 202-375-6296

June 26, 2012

“Quickly getting the latest devices and prescription drugs to patients who need them is critical to our nation’s health,” said American College of Cardiology President William Zoghbi, MD, FACC. “Members of the House and Senate demonstrated that they can come together in a bipartisan way to approve a measure that will support innovation and safety in health care.”
 
“Innovative treatments have played a pivotal role in reducing deaths due to cardiovascular disease in recent decades,” Dr. Zoghbi said. “It is important to support a system that facilitates the safe adoption of new medications and devices. The College commends Congress for taking steps to improve post market surveillance of medical devices and increase the use of data registries to improve patient care and device safety. We hope President Obama will act quickly to sign the FDA User Fee Bill.”
 
 
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About the American College of Cardiology
The mission of the American College of Cardiology is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The College is a 40,000-member nonprofit medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers, and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet its stringent qualifications. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines, and is a staunch supporter of cardiovascular research. The ACC provides professional education and operates national registries for the measurement and improvement of quality care. More information about the association is available online at http://www.cardiosource.org/ACC.
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