By Elise Viebeck - 11/19/14 12:01 PM EST
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved a measure Wednesday designed to speed the approval of Ebola drugs.
The bill (S. 2917) would make Ebola treatments eligible for priority review vouchers at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), cutting down on the evaluation time taken by regulators.
"The bill approved today will help to accomplish that by allowing FDA to incentivize the development of new Ebola treatments and vaccines."
The Senate bill appears to be the first measure passed to change FDA policy in the wake of the Ebola epidemic. A House version of the measure has not advanced through committee.
HELP lawmakers also approved a measure (H.R. 669) to collect data and raise awareness about stillbirth, sudden unexpected infant death, and sudden unexplained death in childhood.