US Senate considering personalized medicine in budget

April 1, 2009

By hammersmith

[Source: GenomeWeb News] – The Senate will consider an amendment to the 2010 budget that would promote the use of personalized medicine in comparative effectiveness research and would prohibit Federal health care programs from using data from such research to deny coverage for treatments and services.

The Senate version of the 2010 budget resolution includes a section that was in President Barack Obama’s budget that called for using money from a healthcare fund in the bill to support comparative effectiveness research “that can drive evidence-based medicine and build a rapidly-learning health care system.”

Senator John Kyl (R – Ariz.) today introduced language to the bill that would amend it to ensure that comparative effectiveness research “accounts for advancements in genomics and personalized medicine, the unique needs of health disparity populations, and differences in the treatment response and the treatment preferences of patients.”

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