Joe Biden

Statement on Food and Drug Administration Approval of Gene Therapies To Treat Sickle-Cell Disease

December 08, 2023

As we've seen throughout our history, when the U.S. Government invests in innovation, we can achieve breakthroughs that would otherwise be impossible, and save and improve lives on a vast scale. Today FDA announced a major breakthrough for the 100,000 Americans who live with sickle-cell disease. Living with sickle-cell often has meant putting the goals and plans of everyday life on hold because of the chronic pain and serious health complications associated with it. And although this disease impacts people of all backgrounds, it disproportionally affects Black and Hispanic Americans. My administration has worked tirelessly to close these health disparities and help deliver care for sickle-cell disease patients and their families, and we will continue to do so.

This announcement also represents the power of medical innovation to improve Americans' lives. This significant medical advancement holds tremendous promise for developing additional lifesaving treatments, and it gives hope to the millions of Americans who live with other rare diseases. My administration will continue our efforts to accelerate the development of cures for rare diseases and support the medical research and innovation that achieved this breakthrough.

Joseph R. Biden, Statement on Food and Drug Administration Approval of Gene Therapies To Treat Sickle-Cell Disease Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/368468

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