Letter to FDA Commissioner Hamburg About Approving Cobas HPV Test Alone (Without Pap Smear) and FDA Response, April 2014

April 11, 2014. We are writing as members of the Patient, Consumer, and Public Health Coalition and other interested experts to express our grave concerns about the March 12, 2014 FDA meeting of the Microbiology Medical Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee. Under consideration was the premarket approval of a new indication for the Cobas HPV test, as a first-line primary screening tool for cervical cancer in women aged 25 and older.
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Coalition Concerns about H.R. 3742, the Antibiotic Development to Advance Patient Treatment (ADAPT) Act of 2013

As members of the Patient, Consumer, and Public Health Coalition, which includes groups representing physicians, scientists, consumers, and patients, we are writing to express our concerns about H.R. 3742, the Antibiotic Development to Advance Patient Treatment (ADAPT) Act of 2013 Continue reading

Letter to FDA Regarding Advisory Committee Panel on Reclassification of CPR Devices

November 5, 2013. We are writing to express our strong concerns about the September 11, 2013 FDA meeting of the Advisory Committee for Circulatory System Devices. This Advisory Committee meeting discussed and made recommendations regarding the proposed down-classification of External Cardiac Compressor (ECC) devices. The panel members were asked to consider the FDA recommendation that ECC devices be reclassified from Class III (high risk) to Class II (moderate risk) with special controls. Continue reading

Coalition Letter to House Leaders in Opposition to Piecemeal Funding of FDA

October 4, 2013. We are writing as public health, patient, consumer, and scientific nonprofit organizations to oppose H.J. Res 77 and any other efforts to single out the Food and Drug Administration for funding.  Our organizations represent millions of patients, consumers, health professionals, and scientists who strongly support the work of the FDA and urge Congress to provide the level of appropriations the agency needs throughout FY 2014. Continue reading

Coalition Letter to Senator Harry Reid supporting Affordable Care Act and opposing repeal of excise tax on medical devices

September 26, 2013. As members of the Patient, Consumer, and Public Health Coalition, we strongly support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and oppose efforts to undermine this essential program that will benefit millions of Americans. In the upcoming negotiations over the budget and debt ceiling, we urge you to reject the repeal of the 2.3% excise tax on medical devices. Continue reading