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.
Our name was formerly the National Research Center for Women & Families
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In The News
FDA is Failing to Properly Track Drugs - By Jay W. Belle Isle, LegalReader February 8, 2016 In an unsurprising case of “duh!” federal investigators from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) came to the conclusion that the FDA is not doing well at one of its main responsibilities. The … Continue reading Is ‘Female Viagra’ Feminist? - In These Times, February 3, 2016. It’s been called the first “Viagra for women” and hailed as a health breakthrough. But Addyi (generic name flibanserin) is sparking ire just as it claims to spark desire. Since the FDA approved Addyi in August 2015, feminist debate on these questions has raged. Continue reading Partisan split threatens progress on bill to speed drug approvals - STAT, February 1, 2016. When Republican senators overseeing legislation to accelerate medical treatments said last month they would chop the bill into parts — rather than passing comprehensive legislation — their Democratic counterparts put on a good face. Behind the scenes, though, aides say the Democrats were blindsided by the move, and warn that the Republican decision threatens to undermine bipartisan support for one of the most significant pieces of legislation on medical research in years. 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 2016 Patient Advocacy Workshop
in Washington DC!
Our 2016 annual Awards Luncheon
will be held on Monday, May 9
. See our 2015 photos here
and our press release here
. To see our previous honorees, click here
What You Need To Know
See our 2015 survey results about problems with Essure permanent birth control.
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 daughter: www.letterstoannie.org
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?
If you or a loved one have been harmed by a birth control pill or implant, click here.
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.
See a video of our groundbreaking conference with Harvard and AAAS here.
25 major medical groups recommended which medical tests you DON’T need. Why pay for tests that might even hurt you?
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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