Americans Trust FDA, but express conflicting views about how to manage
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies today announced results from a national survey assessing public views on safety of prescription medicines, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and overall satisfaction with the U.S. health care system.
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"At a time when Congress is reviewing and debating legislation to strengthen the safety of prescription medicines and overhaul the FDA, this survey validates that drug safety is a real concern for the American public," said Dr. James Thurber, Director, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University. "The survey shows some support for the concept of a Food and Drug Administration Revitalization Act, however, there is a clear desire and expectation among participants for regulators to balance speed of approvals with their responsibility of reducing safety risks."
Key survey findings include:
-- 64 percent of those surveyed say U.S. health care system is "broken"
-- More than three-quarters of those surveyed say prescription drug safety
is at least somewhat important to them in deciding their vote for the
2008 Presidential election
-- 88% of Americans surveyed are confident in the safety of prescription
drugs made in the United States
-- Public confidence level drops off markedly for drugs made in Europe
and Canada (56% confident), and China and India (14% confident)
-- On prescription drug issues, Americans trust the FDA (82%), followed by
patient advocate groups (74%), pharmaceutical companies (67%) and
-- 50% of Americans are skeptical of Congress' ability to pass "common-
sense" laws governing how the FDA approves drugs
-- Despite public trust in the FDA, those surveyed are evenly divided on
the agency's overall performance:
-- 53% rate the FDA as excellent or good, while 47% rate it as only
fair or poor.
-- Overall, 18-34 year olds are more positive to the FDA, while senior
citizens (especially men) are more negative
-- Only 8% of those surveyed have seen, read, or heard about the Food and
Drug Administration Revitalization Act (FDARA)
-- Those surveyed are divided on the question of whether or not FDA
reviews of new drugs should be funded by the pharmaceutical industry
-- 47% in favor and 46% opposed.
-- 54% believe that all prescription drugs sold in the U.S. have been
approved by the FDA, while 37% say just some of them have approval
-- Few of those surveyed have a clear understanding of where the FDA
receives its funding -- 54% say it is from the government, 20% from
pharmaceutical companies, and 17% say it is from both
-- Most believe the biggest contributor to the cost of prescription drugs
is the profit margin (43%), while 28% say it is the cost of marketing,
and only 25% say it is the cost of research
The national telephone survey of 800 adults was conducted by The Mellman Group and Public Opinion Strategies from September 4-6, 2007. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.46%.
The survey results were announced as part of A Dialogue on Prescription Drug Safety: Seeking Common Ground, a program presented by American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and FORA.tv to examine efforts by public policymakers to enhance America's prescription drug safety systems and reform the FDA.
Video from today's presentation, along with full survey results, is available online at http://www.dialogueondrugsafety.org.
Future A Dialogue on Prescription Drug Safety: Finding Common Ground forums will feature policy and industry leaders, patient advocates and others to discuss the political realities and medical implications of FDARA. The program is sponsored by American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and FORA.tv, a provider of online forums, discussions and debates on global political, social and cultural issues. The program is supported by Pfizer Inc.
For more information about A Dialogue on Prescription Drug Safety or upcoming events, please visit http://www.dialogueondrugsafety.org or contact Katharine Perrow at 202-955-6222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies
American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, a center within the university's School of Public Affairs, provides an integrated teaching, research, and study program focusing on Congress, the presidency, and the interactions of these two basic American institutions. Established in 1979, the Center provides a scholarly organization uniquely able to draw on its Washington, DC location in the very heart of the events shaping Congress and the presidency. For more information about CCPS, go to http://www.american.edu/ccps.
FORA.tv (http://www.fora.tv) is the leading provider of online video content focused on discourse, discussions and debates surrounding global political, social and cultural issues. Content partners of FORA.tv include: C-SPAN; the World Affairs Councils of Northern California, Dallas, Oregon, Philadelphia and Connecticut; The Brookings Institution; Hoover Institution; the Cato Institute; New America Foundation; The Heritage Foundation; and the Aspen Institute. FORA.tv delivers content via its proprietary FORA Player, mobile phones, iPods, cable video-on-demand and other distribution platforms such as Akimbo and Link TV.
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