One Hundred Fourteenth Congress of the United States of America
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday, the fourth day of January, two thousand and sixteen
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
To extend the pediatric priority review voucher program.
This Act may be cited as the
Advancing Hope Act of 2016.
Reauthorization of program for priority review to encourage treatments for rare pediatric diseases
Section 529 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 360ff) is amended—
in subsection (a)—
in paragraph (3), by amending subparagraph (A) to read as follows:
The disease is a serious or life-threatening disease in which the serious or life-threatening manifestations primarily affect individuals aged from birth to 18 years, including age groups often called neonates, infants, children, and adolescents.
in paragraph (4)(F), by striking
Prescription Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012 and inserting
Advancing Hope Act of 2016;
in subsection (b)—
by striking paragraph (4) and inserting the following:
Sponsor of a rare pediatric disease product
Beginning on the date that is 90 days after the date of enactment of the Advancing Hope Act of 2016, the sponsor of a rare pediatric disease product application that intends to request a priority review voucher under this section shall notify the Secretary of such intent upon submission of the rare pediatric disease product application that is the basis of the request for a priority review voucher.
Applications submitted but not yet approved
The sponsor of a rare pediatric disease product application that was submitted and that has not been approved as of the date of enactment of the Advancing Hope Act of 2016 shall be considered eligible for a priority review voucher, if—
such sponsor has submitted such rare pediatric disease product application—
on or after the date that is 90 days after the date of enactment of the Prescription Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012; and
on or before the date of enactment of the Advancing Hope Act of 2016; and
such application otherwise meets the criteria for a priority review voucher under this section.
Sponsor of a drug application using a priority review voucher
The sponsor of a human drug application shall notify the Secretary not later than 90 days prior to submission of the human drug application that is the subject of a priority review voucher of an intent to submit the human drug application, including the date on which the sponsor intends to submit the application. Such notification shall be a legally binding commitment to pay the user fee to be assessed in accordance with this section.
Transfer after notice
The sponsor of a human drug application that provides notification of the intent of such sponsor to use the voucher for the human drug application under clause (i) may transfer the voucher after such notification is provided, if such sponsor has not yet submitted the human drug application described in the notification.
by striking paragraph (5) and inserting the following:
Termination of authority
The Secretary may not award any priority review vouchers under paragraph (1) after December 31, 2016.
in subsection (g), by inserting before the period
, except that no sponsor of a rare pediatric disease product application may receive more than one priority review voucher issued under any section of this Act with respect to the drug for which the application is made.
Rule of construction
Nothing in this Act, or the amendments made by this Act, shall be construed to affect the validity of a priority review voucher that was issued under section 529 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 360ff) before the date of enactment of this Act.
The Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct a study on the effectiveness of awarding priority review vouchers under section 529 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 360ff) in providing incentives for the development of drugs that treat or prevent rare pediatric diseases (as defined in subsection (a)(3) of such section) that would not otherwise have been developed. In conducting such study, the Comptroller General shall examine the following:
The indications for which each drug for which a priority review voucher was awarded under such section 529 was approved under section 505(b)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 355(b)(1)) or section 351(a) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 262(a)).
Whether the priority review voucher impacted sponsors' decisions to invest in developing a drug to treat or prevent a rare pediatric disease.
An analysis of the drugs for which such priority review vouchers were used, which shall include—
the indications for which such drugs were approved under section 505(b)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 355(b)(1)) or section 351(a) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 262(a));
whether unmet medical needs were addressed through the approval of such drugs, including, for each such drug—
if an alternative therapy was previously available to treat the indication; and
if the drug provided a benefit or advantage over another available therapy;
the number of patients potentially treated by such drugs;
the value of the priority review voucher if transferred; and
the length of time between the date on which a priority review voucher was awarded and the date on which it was used.
With respect to the priority review voucher program under section 529 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 360ff)—
the resources used by the Food and Drug Administration in implementing such program, including the effect of such program on the Food and Drug Administration's review of drugs for which a priority review voucher was not awarded or used;
the impact of the program on the public health as a result of the review and approval of drugs that received a priority review voucher and products that were the subject of a redeemed priority review voucher; and
alternative approaches to improving such program so that the program is appropriately targeted toward providing incentives for the development of clinically important drugs that—
prevent or treat rare pediatric diseases; and
would likely not otherwise have been developed to prevent or treat such diseases.
Not later than January 31, 2022, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report containing the results of the study of conducted under subsection (a).
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate