Clinical evidence in FDA drug approvals varies widely, study finds

Modern Healthcare, January 22, 2014. “With new drugs, there is often an exaggeration of the benefits and underreporting of the risks,” said Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Research Center for Women & Families, who has testified at several hearings on drug safety. “There’s so much emphasis on drugs being the latest, the most innovative and novel—but unfortunately this usually means it’s just new, not necessarily better.” Continue reading

BPA-Free Baby Bottles Now Law, But We’re Not in the Clear

Huffington Post, August 14, 2012. I asked Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Research Center for Women and Families if she was concerned about the substitutes being used in place of BPA: “We are very concerned that BPA could be replaced with products that are just as risky, or even more risky. The federal government is not doing what is needed to protect the American public, either in their regulation of BPA or any of these potential substitutes.” Continue reading

How A Recalled Medical Device Killed A Vet At Seattle’s VA Hospital- KUOW

December 2013. When Eddie Creed died at the Veterans Affairs hospital on Beacon Hill last year, his death certificate said throat cancer had killed him. But a KUOW investigation reveals what his doctors knew: A medical device called an Infusomat, which had been recalled the month before, ended his life. “Sadly, we actually have much more access to information about defective toasters, and certainly defective cars, than we seem to about defective medical devices,” said Diana Zuckerman, who heads the National Research Center for Women and Families in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

Essure Study Criticized

NBC News, November 4, 2013. Dr. Diana Zuckerman, who leads the National Research Center for Women and Families, a non-partisan FDA watchdog, said the survey questionnaires exhibit dubious research methods. “These studies are always done by the company that is selling the product so it is not exactly unbiased,” Zuckerman said. Continue reading