Congressman Biggs Introduces the Medical Innovation Acceleration Act
GILBERT, ARIZONA – Congressman Biggs introduced the Medical Innovation Acceleration Act, which would eliminate Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight of low-risk, non-invasive medical devices.
Non-invasive medical devices can be used to identify and track a wide range of conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Future devices will likely be used to predict genetic susceptibility to rare diseases with ever-increasing accuracy and may even be able to estimate patient risk from COVID-19 or any other pandemic. Congressman Biggs offered the following statement:
“During this time of extraordinary technological progress and pressing healthcare challenges, I want to ensure that medical innovators are not being slowed down by the FDA, which in some cases takes years to approve new treatments and devices. While the Trump administration has made admirable strides in easing regulatory burdens for software-based devices (like FitBits, etc.), FDA guidance still struggles to keep up with the rapid pace of technological development.
“The simplest and most effective solution going forward is to eliminate low-risk diagnostic devices from FDA oversight altogether. Meanwhile, the Consumer Product Safety Commission would continue to maintain the authority to protect Americans from any bad actors. This is a win-win for everyone: consumers will gain rapid access to potentially life-saving products, medical innovators will be freed from expensive pre- and post-market reviews, and the FDA will be able to focus its energy and resources on the most serious public health challenges.”
“Medical breakthroughs delayed by the FDA are lives damaged or even lives lost. Congressman Biggs’ legislation will get better health care to more Americans more quickly. It is simply good sense, and long overdue.” – Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform
“We applaud Congressman Biggs's proposed Medical Innovation Acceleration Act, a timely and needed bill that would move us a step closer to the health care system of tomorrow. It's time to reimagine American health care and take a different approach -- one that removes barriers to innovation, unshackles health professionals to save more lives, and empowers patients to take greater control over their own care.” – Dean Clancy, Senior Health Policy Fellow, Americans for Prosperity
Congressman Andy Biggs is a second-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.