Here is what President Obama wrote in support of Baclofen treatment for baclofen. A couple of months later the NIH started its trial of Baclofen for anxiety and alcoholism:
Thank you for writing. I have heard from many Americans whose lives have been affected by a wide range of health conditions and diseases. Whether they are common, preventable ailments or rare, life-threatening illnesses, we must do more to find cures and improve treatments for patients.
I have always been a strong supporter of medical research because of its power to lead to discoveries that save lives, relieve suffering, and improve quality of life for those afflicted. Medical miracles do not happen by accident. They often result from painstaking and costly research, as well as years of trial and error. From the sequencing of the human genome to life-saving vaccines and pioneering cancer treatment, Federally-funded research has led to scientific progress and improved health care for countless Americans.
To advance medical research, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act made over $10 billion available to the National Institutes of Health for scientific research grants. This money has helped fund an array of research projects in labs and hospitals across our country. I also lifted the ban on Federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, which has the unique potential to help us better understand—and possibly cure—some of the most devastating diseases and conditions. To explore the steps my Administration is taking, please visit www.NIH.gov.
At times, our pride in discovery of innovative drugs is tempered by shortages of vital medications, including some used for the treatment of cancer. That is why in October 2011, I signed an Executive Order directing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action to help reduce and prevent drug shortages, protect consumers, and prevent price gouging. Since then, over 100 drug shortages have been averted. Additionally, the FDA has taken action to increase drug companies’ notifications of potential drug shortages so they can work to prevent or mitigate a shortage before it becomes a crisis. Through these and other aggressive efforts, we will continue working to protect the health of Americans and ensure patients have access to the lifesaving medicines they need.
Thank you, again, for writing. Together, we can keep America at the forefront of medical research and disease treatments. This work is essential not only for our health and well-being, but also for the progress of all humanity.