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In The NewsThe 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 readingCancer drugs may remain approved despite lack of benefit – Reuters, December 1, 2016. Researchers evaluated studies done on 18 cancer drugs approved between 2008 and 2012 by the FDA. None of the drugs had been found to prolong life, and only one had enough evidence to say it improved quality of life. Yet, all but one retained its approval status. Continue readingWhy the 21st Century Cures Act could be Disastrous for Medicine – Why would anyone vote against “cures,” especially “21st century cures?” Here’s why many health policy and consumer advocacy groups — including the National Center for Health Research — strongly oppose the bill and are asking senators not to pass the bill next week. Continue readingNew study explains why so many cancer drugs don’t work – Why do some drugs stop cancer from growing within a few months and even make it begin to shrink, but ultimately don’t seem to help the patient live longer? 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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