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