About Us

The National Center for Health Research analyzes and explains the latest research-based information that patients, policy makers, and the public can use to improve their own health and to develop better health programs and policies.   The U.S. has the most expensive healthcare in the world, but we don’t live as long as men and women in Europe, Australia, or Canada. To read more about us, check for job openings and more, click here.

In The News

D.C. Week: NOAC Reversal Drug Stalls at FDA - Shannon Firth, MedPage Today August 20, 2016 […] PDUFA Again: Still Trying to Get It Right Industry and patient representatives embraced the sixth version of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, aka PDUFA, while consumer groups balked at the unabashed enthusiasm shown … Continue reading
Part D pricing trends - Sarah Karlin-Smith and Brett Norman, Politico With help from Mary Lee August 22, 2016 […] Quick Hits Whistleblower lawsuit — Medical device giant Medtronic is facing allegations that it promoted a device for uses not approved by FDA, leading to patient … Continue reading
Ask the expert: Is it okay to let my toddler use my iPad for nursery rhymes? - David Coleman, Irish Independent August 17, 2016 Parenting expert and clinical psychologist David Coleman on why a toddler should not use a tablet […]. Even if you limit your daughter’s tablet use to watching and listening to nursery rhymes, it is … Continue reading
Whistleblower case contends surgical device maker misled FDA — and patients paid the price - Jerome Lew is a Hollywood screenwriter, and what happened to him could have come straight out of a horror film. In 2009, Lew went to UCLA Medical Center for surgery to relieve numbness and pain in his hands. The operation appeared to be a success. But he later began having trouble speaking. His left eye drooped. He developed severe nerve pain and weakness in his neck, arms, and hands. Continue reading
21st Century Cures Act: Yes or No? No: Act’s promise of quick cures is a brew of ultra-hype mixed with snake oil - Imagine that you or someone you love has a fatal disease with no proven treatment. Would you rather be given an unproven experimental treatment for free or would you want to pay more than $100,000 for the drug and hope it works Would you rather be given that treatment for free by a top physician who carefully monitors your treatment as part of a clinical trial to study whether it works, or, would you rather pay more than $100,000 a year for the same experimental drug and hope your doctor gives you the right dose? Continue reading


We are in the process of planning an Introductory Patient Training Workshop which will take place on October 14-15, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Please read this flyer for more information about the purpose and details of the Workshop. Preference will be given to applications received by August 15, 2016. You can apply for the workshop here: http://goo.gl/forms/CxFrg61Qk15pxvyw1

We look forward to seeing you in October!

Sign On To Our Letter To Congress

Congress is working on 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. 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.

What You Need To Know

Misleading Drug Ads

Do you think drug ads are providing helpful information or selling us a fantasy about miracle cures?

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

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.

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. For updates on what we've been up to at the NCHR, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.