Shrader & Associates Joins Health Community In Support Of Legislation To Expedite Mesothelioma Drug Development

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Shrader & Associates, LLP expresses support for legislation that would speed the development of new drugs for rare and chronic diseases, including mesothelioma. For more information regarding asbestos and mesothelioma, please contact Shrader & Associates at 888-637-6236 or visit

Shrader & Associates, LLP joins many in the health community to support house legislation that would streamline the routes by which treatments for rare diseases, including mesothelioma, are tested and approved by the government. At a Jan. 26 district meeting, representatives of the health community stood behind U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R—N.J.) in support of legislation he said would make the project more efficient, removing parts of the process that are barriers to invention.

Among industry backers of the “Modernizing Our Drug and Diagnostics Evaluation and Regulatory Network (MODDERN) Cures Act” is the National Health Council. Council spokeswoman Myrl Weinberg said in a November press release that the bill would “get the right medicines to the right people.” She said that in some cases patients are left to wait for cures that are already developed, but waiting to be officially patented.

Patients with uncommon cancers, such as mesothelioma, would be some of the chief beneficiaries of the legislation, because they are often given bleak prognoses and few mesothelioma treatment options.

For mesothelioma patient Bonnie Anderson, the legislation cannot come soon enough. Anderson, a supporter behind the podium at the January meeting, was predicted to have only three months to live at the time of her diagnosis. Miraculously, she has lived for 10 years, and now leads her chapter of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

Like most cases of mesothelioma, Anderson’s disease was caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. In her case, she unknowingly inhaled the carcinogen after washing her husband’s work clothes for years. The fibers cause cancer because they embed themselves in the lungs’ lining, eventually causing tumors to form.

Asbestos was widely used in building materials before its fibers were discovered to cause cancer. By the early 80s, most asbestos products were banned in the United States, but some are still legal today and any structure built before 1980 may well contain the material.

Mesothelioma lawyer Robert Shuttlesworth said while many of his clients probably got mesothelioma after working construction or industrial jobs, anyone exposed to asbestos could be at risk. It takes decades, sometimes, for the disease to show symptoms, he said, and by then it’s often too late.

“Any employer or construction manager who is not careful enough when they work with asbestos is endangering his or her employees and the rest of the environment around the work site,” Shuttlesworth said.

Anyone exposed to asbestos should consider taking legal action. Shrader & Associates, LLP offers a free complimentary legal consultation.

Anyone interested should call (888) 637-6236 or go to to learn about his or her family’s legal rights. Shrader & Associates attorneys can provide information and help decide if pursuing a lawsuit is the right decision.

Shrader & Associates is a leading national law firm that specializes in representing individuals harmed by dangerous products and toxic chemicals. These dedicated professionals have extensive experience handling personal injury and product liability lawsuits


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