The National Center for Health Research analyzes and explains the latest research-based information so 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.
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In The NewsDon’t Give Kids Cough Syrup Or Pain Meds That Contain Codeine, FDA Says – NPR, April 20, 2017. NCHR President Diana Zuckerman says that “the FDA needs to do more to warn patients about the known risks of medical products as soon as data are available,” after it took the FDA 18 months to warn parents children under 12 should not be given prescription medicines that contain codeine or another narcotic, tramadol. Continue readingRight to Try? Or Right to be Exploited Before You Die? – Our Bodies, Our Blog, April 17, 2017. NCHR president asks if you want your loved ones to pay $$$ for the right to try a treatment that hasn’t ever been proven to work on any patients at all? Continue readingWith a resume that’s both asset and liability, Scott Gottlieb preps for FDA confirmation hearing – Stat News, April 5, 2017. When so much of a nominee’s career has been spent helping companies get their products approved, that creates the kind of perspective and conflicts of interest that can’t be recused away. Continue readingBreast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer – Our Bodies Ourselves, March 28, 2017. The FDA now says that breast implants can cause a type of lymphoma (cancer of the immune system) called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), although this link has been seen by experts since as early as 2010. Continue readingFDA Proposal Would Lower Requirements for Some Moderate-Risk Devices – Bloomberg BNA, March 24, 2017. FDA announced that hundreds of new, moderately risky medical devices will no longer need to be tested before being sold in the U.S. NCHR President points out the risks this causes for patients and their doctors. Continue reading
Politics has no place in science! Join us on April 22 for the March for Science, because good health requires unbiased science.
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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