Patients and patient advocacy groups are demanding faster approval for treatments they and their constituents need, and need right now. Groups more generally interested in reducing government control over drug approval are accompanying them in this mission. The target? The US Food and Drug Administration.
Getting the FDA to approve drugs faster is seen as one way to get the access that many patients and their families want. Vice President Pence and many other legislators seem to have been persuaded that the FDA is the roadblock. It isn’t. The real barrier is payers of prescription drug benefits, such as health insurance companies and self-insured employers.