Navigation Links
Poll finds concerns about pace of medical and health research
Date:5/20/2010

WASHINGTONMay 20, 2010 Nearly three-quarters of Americans are confident in our system for reviewing the effectiveness and safety of new medicines and medical devices, yet 41% say it takes too long to approve a drug and allow it to be sold to consumers. These are among the findings in a new poll from Research!America.

Three-quarters of Americans accurately named the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the government agency that regulates products such as new drugs and medical devices, and a majority (72%) says they see the FDA a trustworthy source of medical research information.

When asked the most important role of the FDA, 59% say protecting the safety of Americans; 17% say providing accurate information about benefits and risks associated with medicines and medical products; and 7% say regulating companies that produce medicines and medical products.

"Public expectations for medical progress are very highAmericans want new drugs and medical devices delivered faster, and they rightly want safety to be a top priority," said Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America."To meet these expectations, resources for FDA and our nation's health research agenciesthe National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionneed to keep pace so they can fulfill their missions, and the public needs to let elected officials know how important these issues are."

Woolley noted that the proposed 2011 budgets for FDA, NIH and CDC are not currently slated to keep pace even with inflation, much less with public expectations and scientific opportunity. She said, "We can and must do better."

The poll found very strong support (94%) for the idea that institutions conducting medical and health researchgovernment, universities and private industryshould work together. Americans see such collaboration as leading to greater knowledge, better success rates and faster development of cures and treatments, as well as avoiding duplication and maximizing resources devoted to research and development.

"This underscores the urgency of the public and private sectors working together to bridge gaps and turn more early-stage discoveries into treatments faster," said Gail Cassell, PhD, vice president of scientific affairs at Eli Lilly and Company, which commissioned the poll with Research!America."Greater collaboration between government agencies is also critical. The new NIH-FDA initiatives to enhance synergism between the two agencies are very important in this regard. The poll data also show the public's strong support of FDA collaborating more with academic centers of excellence to strengthen the agency's expertise and capacity in regulatory science. In order to succeed, it is critical that all sectors involved in research maintain the public's trust and convey to the public more effectively what research has achieved and how much more is possible."

The poll showed that the most trusted sources for medical research information are pharmacists (83% find trustworthy), patient groups (82%), CDC (79%) and their health care providers (78%). Americans also say they trust research information from NIH (61%). Yet only 17% say they regularly check government websites for medical research information, compared to 66% who consult commercial medical sites such as WebMD.

Additional findings from the poll include:

  • After health care costs and insurance issueswhich have long been the top health concern for Americansone in four says the most important health issue facing the U.S. today is obesity (24%), ahead of cancer (11%) and heart disease (5%).
  • 76% say clinical research is of great value, and the same number say they are likely to participate in a clinical study, but only 6% say their doctor has ever suggested that they do so.
  • 93% say it is importantand 69% say very importantfor the U.S. to be a global leader in medical, health and scientific research.
  • When asked to name the government agency that funds most of the taxpayer-supported medical research in the U.S., nearly one in five mistakenly named the FDA; fewer than 10% correctly named the NIH.


'/>"/>

Contact: Eva Maciejewski
emaciejewski@researchamerica.org
571-482-2712
Research!America
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. New study finds attending Weight Watchers meetings helps reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes
2. Study finds racial, ethnic disparities in family-centered care for kids with special health needs
3. Lawsuit Fears Hinder Physician Adoption of Medical Innovations, Survey Finds
4. Antibiotic Resistance Can Last a Year, Review Finds
5. Behavior therapy effective in reducing tics in children with Tourette syndrome, study finds
6. Results of physician cost profiling can vary widely, study finds
7. Study finds 2 sling surgeries equally effective for bladder control in women
8. Survey Finds Those Over 50 Are Less Stressed
9. Survey Finds More Case Managers Professionally Credentialed, Hold Higher Degrees
10. Lifestyle factors significantly impact survival of non-Hodgkins lymphoma patients, study finds
11. Study finds rotavirus vaccine greatly reduces hospitalizations for acute gastroenteritis in children
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently awarded their highest five-star ... , Millions of individuals in the United States and Canada wear eyeglasses. Once considered ... both correct vision and make a fashion statement. Even celebrities use glasses as a ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and certified ... be personalized through a fitness app. The fitness app plans to fix the two major ... only offer a one size fits all type program , They don’t eliminate ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Viejo, California (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... to fit their specific project," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. ... fully customizable and all within Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, ... the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. ... toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) learned during ... two significant new grants to support its work to advance research and patient ... recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists for their work in fighting pulmonary hypertension ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)...  Arkis BioSciences, a leading innovator in the ... cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced it has secured ... led by Innova Memphis, followed by Angel Capital ... Arkis, new financing will accelerate the commercialization of ... of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Any dentist who has ... of the current process. Many of them do not even ... technical difficulties and high laboratory costs involved. And those who ... it at such a high cost that the majority of ... Dr. Parsa Zadeh , founder of Dental Evolutions ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Roche (SIX: RO, ... clearance for its Elecsys BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) assay as ... or septic shock. With this clearance, Roche is the ... fully integrated solution for sepsis risk assessment and management. ... bacterial infection and PCT levels in blood can aid ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: