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A Promising Senate Initiative on Neglected Diseases

Early this month the U.S. Senate passed an amendment to pending legislation that has the potential to strengthen and streamline regulations governing the clinical testing of drugs for neglected diseases in the developing world. The targeted diseases include malaria and TB, which annually kill an estimated 2.5 million people in the developing world, plus scores of diseases you may have never heard of (such as Chagas disease and leishmaniasis), but that nonetheless exact a large and lethal toll, especially on children and poor people in developing countries.