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In The NewsAmid flurry of new cancer drugs, how many offer real benefits? – For every cancer patient who wins the lottery, there are many others who get little to no benefit from the latest drugs. Continue readingTrump’s Proposed Changes Gut FDA While Targeting Drug Prices – Trump met with some of the world’s biggest Big Pharma executives Tuesday of this week. His message was pretty clear: lower drug prices, bring jobs back to the U.S., and he’ll gut the already weakened FDA… Continue readingTrump vows to ease rules for drug makers, but again zeros in on prices – President Trump explains to top drug company executives that he plans on streamlining the drug approval process. Diana Zuckerman, NCHR President, voices concerns about flooding the market with more drugs that don’t work. Continue readingTrump calls for lower drug prices, fewer regulations in meeting with pharmaceutical executives – Diana Zuckerman, NCHR President, comments on how the FDA and high drug prices could be negatively affected by the hiring freeze, despite President Donald Trump emphasizing the need for lowering “astronomical” drug prices to pharmaceutical executives. Continue readingACA repeal talk sparks fears among those with pre-existing conditions – The possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act reintroduces a fear among people with pre-existing conditions of maintaining health insurance. Continue reading
Save the date! Our annual Foremother and Health Policy Hero Awards Luncheon will be Monday May 15, 2017.
Our next Introductory Patient Advocacy Workshop will be June 2-3, 2017. Find out how to apply here.
URGENT: Contact your Member of Congress Now!
Do you think that health insurance companies should be able to refuse coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions such as cancer or heart disease, or complications from a defective implant? That is what will happen if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act without replacing it with something at least as good. If you want the Affordable Care Act to stay in place until it is replaced, please take 5 minutes to make this call.
What You Need To Know
Why do so many cancer patients take medications that drain their energy and joy of living but don’t benefit them? The answer: since 2008, FDA has not required new cancer drugs to prove they help patients live longer. After the drugs were approved, 18 were found to not extend patients’ lives at all, and only one of the drugs is proven to improve patients’ quality of life. But these ineffective cancer drugs cost just as much.
Find out about our #LetterstoAnnie project. What killed Annie, a healthy young woman? How can you protect yourself or your daughter? We will unravel the mystery through letters from Annie’s mom to her daughter: www.letterstoannie.org
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