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Reported to Senate amended (12/18/2001)

Rare Diseases Act of 2001 - Title I: National Institutes of Health - Amends the Pubic Health Service Act to: (1) establish an Office of Rare Diseases at the National Institutes of Health; and (2) provide for rare disease regional centers of excellence. Defines rare disease as any disease or condition affecting less than 200,000 persons in the United States.

Sets forth the duties of such Office and regional centers, including research and educational duties.

Title II: Food and Drug Administration - Amends the Orphan Drug Act to authorize a specified amount of appropriations for FY 2002 and such sums as may be necessary for subsequent fiscal years for grants and contracts for the development of drugs for rare diseases and conditions.