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. Our name was formerly the National Research Center for Women & Families. To read more about us, check for job openings and more, click here.

In The News

Could This Opioid Implant Really End The Opioid Epidemic? - By Dan Vergano, Buzzfeed February 8, 2016 […] Last month, an FDA scientific advisory committee voted 12 to 5 in favor of a new approach: a six-month implant of buprenorphine for addicts who are “stable” in their recovery from prescription painkiller … Continue reading
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
Panel recommends FDA approve implant to treat opiate addiction - USA Today, January 12, 2016. An advisory committee recommended Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approve an implant designed to reduce addicts' cravings for heroin or prescription painkillers. 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

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