Mikulski To Take Part In Health Announcement

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File photo of Barbara Mikulski. (credit: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

File photo of Barbara Mikulski. (credit: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Sen. Barbara Mikulski is joining a bipartisan effort to increase innovation in drug development.

Mikulski, D-Md., the longest-serving female senator in the country is scheduled to take part in a news conference on Thursday in Washington with several other senators.

It’s called the Spending Reductions through Innovations in Therapies Act.

Supporters say it will help speed up the development of drugs and therapies to fight the most deadly and costly chronic diseases, including Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes and heart diseases.

The measure calls for investing in public-private partnerships to ensure scientists and researchers are able to develop new safe and effective drugs.

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