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In The NewsTrump’s Rumored FDA Candidate Strikes Nerve – December 8, 2016 – Against all expert opinion, Jim O’Neill, “a snake oil salesman” with no medical background, is rumored to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2017 Continue readingCongress Passes Bill with Billions for Cancer Research – December 7, 2016 – the 21st Century Cures Act, the most expensive and far-reaching health reform bill since the ACA, has just been passed by Congress Continue readingCongress Passes Sweeping Health Care Bill – U.S. News & World Report, December 7, 2016. We opposed the 21st Century Cures bill. It passed anyway. Drug and device companies are popping the champagne. Republicans bought off the White House by promising research $$ for pet projects. How will the law affect you? Continue readingThe FDA Needs to Pull Failed Drugs From the Market – December 3, 2016 – Some drugs get to market before proving their clinical worth. Why are they still sold after failing later tests? NCHR says the FDA is to blame. Continue readingTo fund projects like the Cancer Moonshot, Congress had to strip away some of the FDA’s most important regulatory powers – The 21st Century Cures Act passed in the House, but comes with a lot of regulatory compromise and threats to patient safety. Most notably, Senator Warren and Senator Sanders oppose the bill along with NCHR President Diana Zuckerman due to patient safety concerns and breaks for Big Pharma. “It really is a David and Goliath issue of where the money is,” said Dr. Zuckerman. Continue reading
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Introductory Patient Training Workshop on October 14-15, 2016, in Washington, D.C! If you’re interested in future workshops, check out our website: www.usapatientnetwork.org
URGENT: Contact your Member of Congress Now!
With support from Big Pharma, Congress is planning to pass a law 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.
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