About Us

The National Center for Health Research is the new name for the National Research Center for Women & Families. We promote the health and safety of adults and children by using the latest research-based information to encourage new, more effective treatments, programs, and policies. To read more about us, check for job openings and more, click here.

In The News

CMS panel moderately confident that some PAD treatments warrant national coverage - Healio, July 22, 2015. “We have a conflict between what we know logically should work [and] data that … just aren’t very good,” panel member Diana Zuckerman, PhD, president of the National Center for Health Research Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund, said. She was one of several panelists who emphasized the need for more long-term data. Continue reading
House Passes ‘Cures’ Bill to Hasten Drugs to Market - Medscape, July 10, 2015. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill designed to speed up the development and approval of new drugs and medical devices. “The bill greatly benefits the pharmaceutical industry [and] medical device manufacturers,” said Diana Zuckerman. Continue reading
21st Century Cures drug bill triggers a DC dust-up over relaxed development regs - Fierce Biotech, July 10, 2015. Lawmakers in the House easily passed the 21st Century Cures Act today, a big step toward once again shaking up the legal framework built to guide drug development in the U.S. while significantly boosting the amount of funding that flows to the NIH. Consumer advocates, though, see the new development regulations as a recipe for unleashing drugs and devices that would later prove dangerous and unhelpful. Continue reading
House overwhelmingly passes 21st Century Cures Act - Modern Healthcare, July 10, 2015. In a rare act of bipartisanship, House members voted 344-77 on Friday in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act, which supporters say will speed the development and regulatory approval of medical breakthroughs. Critics say that speed would come at the expense of patients’ safety. Continue reading
House overwhelmingly passes bill to speed FDA drug approvals - The Washington Post, July 10, 2015. The bill’s laundry list of provisions that tweak the process for approving new drugs or devices have raised significant concern from industry watchdogs and physicians who say the legislation is aimed more at helping drug and device companies than patients. 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.

Events

Our annual Awards Luncheon was held on May 8 this year. See our photos here and our press release here. To see our previous honorees, click here.

What You Need To Know

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.

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