H.R. 417 (109th): Medical Innovation Prize Act of 2005

Jan 26, 2005 (109th Congress, 2005–2006)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Bernard “Bernie” Sanders
Representative for Vermont At Large
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Jan 26, 2005
21 pages
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S. 2210 (110th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Oct 19, 2007


This bill was introduced on January 26, 2005, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Jan 26, 2005
Referred to Committee Jan 26, 2005
Full Title

To provide incentives for investment in research and development for new medicines, to enhance access to new medicines, and for other purposes.


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Medical Innovation Prize Act of 2005 - Prohibits any person from having the right to exclusively manufacture, distribute, sell, or use a drug, a biological product, or a manufacturing process for a drug or biological product in interstate commerce, notwithstanding current Federal laws providing otherwise, including laws governing patent rights or exclusive marketing periods.
Establishes the Fund for Medical Innovation Prizes. Requires the Board of Trustees for the Fund to award prize payments for medical innovations relating to a drug, biological product, or manufacturing process for a drug or biological product.
Requires an eligible award recipient to be either the first person to receive market clearance or the holder of the patent.
Directs the Board to consider:
(1) the number of patients who benefited from the drug, including non-U.S. patients;
(2) the incremental therapeutic benefit of the drug to treat the same disease or condition;
(3) the degree to which the drug addresses priority health care needs, such as global infectious diseases and neglected diseases that primarily afflict the poor in developing countries; and
(4) the improved efficiency of manufacturing processes for drugs or biological processes.
Allows the Board to award prize payments for no more than ten years.
Allocates certain minimum payments from the Fund for priority research and development.
Requires the Comptroller General to conduct an audit to determine the Board's effectiveness in bringing to market new drugs, vaccines, biological products, and manufacturing processes in a cost-effective manner and addressing society's global medical needs.

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