Legislative Issues

SNMMI Submits Testimony in Support of NIH's 2018 Budget

The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging has submitted testimony to the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services supporting increased funding in 2018 for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

SNMMI Supports NIH Funding

The Federal Government is operating on a continuing resolution that expires on April 28th. The President has proposed dramatic reductions in the NIH’s budget for the remainder of 2017 and for 2018.

Isotope Availability

In 2012 Congress enacted S. 99, the American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2011, as part of the Defense Authorization bill.  S. 99 addressed some of the technology and waste disposal issues that were obstacles to the development of new Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production facilities.  The U.S. consumes approximately one-half of the world’s supply of Mo-99, but currently has no domestic source of supply.

Compounding

Some nuclear pharmacies compound certain radiopharmaceuticals and adjunct drugs, especially during times of shortages, after discontinuation by the manufacturer not related to safety issues, and for other reasons. On September 28, 2013, the House of Representatives approved a new bill, H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act. The Senate also passed H.R. 3204 by voice vote on November 18. President Obama signed the bill on November 27 as Public Law No: 113-54.

Department of Energy Funding

On January 17, 2014, President Obama signed H.R.3547, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, also known as the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill, into law. The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Explanatory Statement includes $5 million to continue nuclear medicine research with human applications and is administered by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research at the Department of Energy.

Other Legislative Issues

SNMMI also deals with various other legislative issues.