Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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Drug Shortages

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), drug shortages have nearly tripled since 2005, hitting a record high of 178 last year.  With potentially life-saving drugs – including those designed to combat cancer – among the drugs in shortage, it is critical that we establish a system to help medical providers and patients avoid the consequences of these shortages.

According to the FDA, 38 drug shortages were avoided in 2010 thanks primarily to manufacturers who provided early notification of a possible disruption. 

That is why Congresswoman DeGette introduced the Preserving Access to Life-Saving Medications Act. This bill would create an early warning system to give patients and providers the advance notice necessary to implement a different plan of treatment and allow other manufacturers the opportunity to fill the void. 

This legislation would also direct the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study examining the possible causes of drug shortages so we can determine the viability of a more permanent solution to this potentially life-threatening problem.  

The Preserving Access to Life-Saving Medications Act is bipartisan legislation, and was the focus of a House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing to learn more about the drug shortage problem

I recently visited Exempla St Joseph’s Hospital in Denver to discuss the impact of drug shortages on Colorado patients and medical providers, and how my bill could help.  There, I heard the moving story of Jean – a cancer patient whose life-saving treatment was cut short when her drug was suddenly unavailable. Click here to learn more.

More on Drug Shortages

Mar 22, 2016 In The News

Rock legend Roger Daltrey took the stage for a different type of show Wednesday on Capitol Hill where he headlined a “Conversation on Child Cures."

The Who frontman was joined by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Rep. Diana Degette (D-Colo.), as well as parents and survivors of deadly diseases.

Daltrey, the co-founder of Teen Cancer America, spoke on his passion for the charity and the need for young adolescents to have their own wing of hospitals.

Mar 17, 2016 In The News

Vice President Joe Biden met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Wednesday to discuss a medical innovation bill that could be the path to funding for his cancer “moonshot.”

Biden met with House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), ranking member Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Rep. Diana Degette (D-Colo.), who are the leaders of the House’s 21st Century Cures effort. 
Also at the meeting were Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.). 

Jan 19, 2016 In The News

In his final State of the Union Address, President Obama announced that after losing a son to brain cancer, Vice President Joe Biden would spearhead a “moonshot” to cure cancer. At the University of Colorado Cancer Center, we already take part in research and data gathering to contribute to the vice president’s mission.

Jul 20, 2015 In The News

BUENA VISTA — Like a whitewater rafting trip down the Arkansas River, the dedication ceremony Saturday for Browns Canyon National Monument hit a few rough patches along the way.

The outdoor celebration had to be moved indoors, thanks to an unexpected storm. Two of the monument’s most active supporters — former Sen. Mark Udall and former Rep. Joel Hefley — were unable to make it, Udall due to a climbing injury, Hefley because of a death in the family.

Jun 15, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON — Many have lamented the harsh and meaningless debates in Washington. As lawmakers and public servants ourselves, we all too often share in that frustration. That is why we are especially excited to have formed a bipartisan partnership to support innovation in medical research that helps deliver treatments and cures to the patients who need them.

Apr 30, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-01) joined with members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health to hold the first legislative hearing on her bipartisan 21st Century Cures draft legislation. Rep. DeGette joined Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (MI-06) to introduce a discussion draft of their proposal on Tuesday along with Ranking Member Frank Pallone (NJ-06), Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (PA-16), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Gene Green (TX-29).

Jan 30, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-01) commended President Obama as he announced a new Precision Medicine Initiative and offered the following statement:

Jan 27, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-01) issued the following statement after House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton released potential proposals that have been submitted for inclusion in the 21st Century Cures initiative, which Chairman Upton and Rep. DeGette have been leading:

Aug 15, 2014 Page

A Bipartisan Law to Accelerate the Pace of Cures and Medical Breakthroughs in the 21st Century