IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE NEWS: In an effort to bolster Federal research into functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders (FGIMDs) and improve the development of innovative treatment options for these conditions, IFFGD and grassroots advocates have reintroduced the Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act, H.R. 1187. As with the prior three bills, G-PACT is again working to obtain additional sponsors for this important legislation.
In addition to raising critical awareness of functional GI and motility disorders and the needs of patients, passage of this landmark legislation will:
-Grant the National Institutes of Health (NIH) new authority to initiate innovative research projects
-Establish a Centers of Excellence Program in this area
-Coordinate research activities with the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration when appropriate
- Call on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improve review, approval, and oversight of treatments for FGIMDs.
H.R. 1187 has been introduced by Representative F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI-5) and has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Only 2% of all bills make it out of committee for a vote. To help the FGIMD Research Enhancement Act become law and for its research and treatment related provisions to take effect, the bill needs more cosponsors. The text of the bill can be read here:
We need G-PACT members to contact their Representatives to ask them to become an original co-sponsor of H.R. 1187. You can find your representative here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Please take a few minutes to participate in this process. When you reach out as a constituent, you put a face on those affected by digestive diseases, plus you help to raise critical awareness.