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Audio: New Survey Finds Strong Public Interest in Prescription Drug Safety Issues

Americans Trust FDA, but express conflicting views about how to manage

safety risks

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

Congress (53%)


SOURCE American University's Center for Congressional and
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