Comments of the National Research Center for Women & Families on Proposed Order “Requests for Ban or Standard on Adult Portable Bed Rails”

Comments of the National Research Center for Women & Families on Proposed Order “Requests for Ban or Standard on Adult Portable Bed Rails”: We are writing to urge the Consumer Product Safety Commission to take strong action to protect consumers from dangerous bed rails by either:
1) Establishing mandatory safety standards for adult portable bed rails with adequate warning labels, OR
2) Banning these bed rails if it is determined that they cannot be made safe. Continue reading

Can Taking Fish Oil Supplements Help Lung Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy?

Fish oil is a well-known supplement that is said to have many benefits. Research shows that taking fish oil may help lung cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy respond better to treatment and reduce side effects of chemotherapy. Continue reading

Energy drinks: Caffeine + Calories = ???

Nearly 1 in 4 adults drinks an energy drink once a week in the hopes of getting a boost in physical and mental performance. But with a high number of deaths and hospitalizations potentially connected to energy drinks, are they really safe? Continue reading

You’re Invited to a Conference: How Can Healthcare be Improved with Comparative Effectiveness Research?

Register Now for our March 18th Conference in Washington, D.C. on “How Can Healthcare be Improved with Comparative Effectiveness Research,” co-sponsored by Consumer Reports. If you’re a leader in public health or health policy, or you represent consumers, patients or health professionals, you won’t want to miss this! Continue reading

Comments from Members of the Patient, Consumer, and Public Health Coalition Re: “Questions for Stakeholders Regarding Appropriate Regulation of Pharmacy Compounding”

Members of the Patient, Consumer, and Public Health Coalition welcome the opportunity to provide our views regarding pharmacy compounding.  Stronger regulations are clearly needed to prevent tragedies such as the contaminated steroid injections that have already resulted in 356 cases of fungal meningitis and 28 deaths.  Current laws and regulations regarding compounding pharmacies have resulted in giant loopholes that allow medical products that are neither safe nor effective to be sold throughout the country, putting patients’ lives at risk. Continue reading

Statement by Senior Fellow Jennifer Yttri, PhD, at FDA Public Hearing on Antiseptic Preoperative Skin Preparation Products

Dr. Yttri testifies to the FDA on the serious public health issue of contamination of antiseptic products. First, we support the recommendation of the August 2009 Advisory Committee in ensuring that all antiseptic patient preoperative skin preparation products are held to current good manufacturing practice (GMP) standards. Second, the FDA should remove ineffective antiseptics from the market. Third, as extrinsic contamination accounts for the majority of contamination outbreaks, FDA should require product packaging that would reduce extrinsic manipulation. Finally, while the majority of outbreaks seem to be related to extrinsic contamination, intrinsic contamination introduced during manufacturing most likely accounts for a greater number of contaminated products. Continue reading