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 NewsFDA Agrees With WHO, Links Breast Implants To Rare Cancer. How Worried Should Women Be? – Forbes, March 22, 2017. The FDA says it now agrees with the World Health Organization that such cases of ALCL cancer are linked to the breast implants Continue readingRight to Try National Law Would Exploit False Hope – Chicago Tribune and 18 other newspapers, March 16-20, 2017. All terminally ill U.S. patients already have a right to try experimental drugs. The proposed new law is much more dangerous to all patients, and not just those facing fatal illness. Here’s why. Continue readingWhat If Ryan Gets His Wish and Trumpcare Becomes Law – MedPage Today, March 14, 2017. The Republican’s repeal and replace bill, American Health Care Act, cleared two congressional committees and the Congressional Budget Office released its scoring report, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc) says passing the GOP plan is a make or break issue Congress. So it is time to ask the pundits: what will happen if this bill becomes law? Continue readingTrump’s FDA Nominee Spurs Concerns About Drug Approvals, Off-Label Promotion – Bloomberg BNA, March 14, 2017. President Donald Trump’s pick to head the FDA is spurring concerns about drug approvals and off-label promotion. Continue readingTrump Picks Scott Gottlieb to Serve as FDA Commissioner – Bloomberg Politics, March 10, 2017. While Gottlieb has focused on easing regulations, he “understands the agency and has some respect for it,” Diana Zuckerman, NCHR president, said in an interview before the news that Gottlieb is the leading candidate. 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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