MIAMI (AP) — Miami Congressman Joe Garcia is supporting the efforts of a Cuban research institute that wants to test and market a diabetes treatment in the U.S.
Garcia's endorsement is the first time a Cuban-American in Congress is backing a measure that critics would say undermines the embargo.
Garcia told The Miami Herald his decision was not political but about potentially saving lives. The medicine is intended to help people who suffer from diabetic foot ulcers.
An office of the U.S. Department of Treasury would have to license the therapy in the U.S. because it was developed by a branch of the Castro government. U.S.-Cuba trade restrictions are designed to keep Cuba from profiting from access to U.S. markets without making democratic reforms.