About Us

The National Center for Health Research is the new name for the National Research Center for Women & Families. We promote the health and safety of adults and children by using the latest research-based information to encourage new, more effective treatments, programs, and policies. To read more about us, check for job openings and more, click here.

In The News

Medical panel calls for further study of Bayer sterility device September 24, 2015. The Wall Street Journal. Thirteen years after the Food and Drug Administration approved a women’s sterility device called Essure, a panel of outside medical advisers Thursday called on the agency and device-maker Bayer AG to further study why so many women are suffering severe pain from the implant. Continue reading
F.D.A. panel weighs complaints on Essure contraceptive implant September 24, 2015. The New York Times. A panel of experts convened by the Food and Drug Administration excoriated the manufacturer of a contraceptive device for not collecting data that they say could have helped predict risks for women. The device has received thousands of complaints from women who say they were harmed by it. Continue reading
The ‘safe’ birth control that wasn’t September 24, 2014. The Daily Beast. After participating in clinical trials for Essure, a contraceptive implant, several women complained of severe pain and bleeding—but they say their trial records were altered. Continue reading
FDA revisits safety of the Essure contraceptive device NPR, 2015: Many women rely on birth control throughout their lives to prevent unwanted or untimely pregnancies. The Essure contraceptive device is placed in the fallopian tubes essentially sterilizing the woman. This alternative to traditional sterilization methods has caused immense harm to many women and provoked strong responses from patient advocacy organizations and professionals in the health care industry. Continue reading
FDA to establish patient advisory committee on medical devices September 19, 2015. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced the establishment of its first-ever patient advisory committee on medical devices. The committee, according to the FDA, is designed to inject a patient perspective into the agency’s deliberations on device development, approval and monitoring. Continue reading

Sign On To Our Letter To Congress

Congress is working on a law called 21st Century Cures that would lower the standards for new medical products.. Congress says it will benefit patients, but to be a “cure” a treatment should actually help patients, not just enrich stockholders.

If you want safe medications instead of expensive, ineffective ones, please add your name to this letter. To learn more about the problems with this bill, click here.


Find out how to apply to attend our Patient Advocacy Workshop in Washington DC!

Our annual Awards Luncheon was held on May 8 this year. See our photos here and our press release here. To see our previous honorees, click here.

What You Need To Know

Latest Study Results of Essure Contraceptive

See our 2015 survey results about problems with Essure permanent birth control.

Letters to Annie

Find out about our #LetterstoAnnie project. What killed Annie, a healthy young woman? How can you protect yourself or your daughter? Each week, we will unravel the mystery through letters from Annie’s mom to her daughterwww.letterstoannie.org

Congress is up to something and only you can stop them!  

If you think Americans deserve good health care and successful companies should pay taxes, click here. For an infographic about the medical device tax, click here. Is there evidence that the device tax is hurting jobs and innovation? Click here. What about your state?

Some Contraceptives Are Safer Than Others 

If you or a loved one have been harmed by a birth control pill or implant, click here.

Patient Advocacy Workshop

Patient advocates from across the country joined us for a day of training to learn more about the FDA process and how patients can have their voices heard.

“Evidence for New Medical Products: Implications for Patients and Health Policy”

See a video of our groundbreaking conference with Harvard and AAAS here.

Is that Screening Necessary? Physician Experts Say Maybe Not

25 major medical groups recommended which medical tests you DON’T need.  Why pay for tests that might even hurt you?

What You Need to Know About YAZ Birth Control

YAZ, Yasmin, Beyaz, and other drospirenone hormonal birth control pills have been found to put women at an increased risk for serious blood clots. Read why. Or read about all your birth control options.

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