Children's Hospital Colorado to launch 25 clinical trials in next 6 months

Physicians at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora will initiate 25 clinical trials within the next six months following the passage of the RACE for Children Act, according to The Denver Post.

The RACE for Children Act, signed by President Donald Trump earlier this month, aims to increase the number of clinical trials available to pediatric cancer patients. While there are almost 900 cancer drugs in development for adults, only a small portion of the treatments are targeted toward pediatric patients. The new law, which was backed by more than 250 advocacy organizations and received bipartisan support from federal legislators, allows for experimental drugs being tested in adults that display possible efficacy in the treatment of pediatric cancer to be used in clinical trials with children.

Children's Hospital Colorado on Tuesday hosted a celebration of the bill's signing. Scott Gottlieb, MD, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and Colorado's Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, who sponsored the legislation, were among those in attendance.

Mr. Bennet described the bill as "a breakthrough for kids fighting cancer," according to The Denver Post.

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