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Pew Statement on Congressional Hearing Regarding FDA Drug Safety Reforms
Date:3/10/2010

WASHINGTON, March 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Allan Coukell, director of the Pew Prescription Project, issued the following statement today, commenting on a hearing at the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, where Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Principal Deputy Commissioner Joshua M. Sharfstein is expected to present testimony regarding the agency's ability to protect Americans from unsafe drugs made overseas:

"Two years after dozens of Americans lost their lives to contaminated heparin, we are still not able to protect U.S. consumers from many of the risks of pharmaceuticals manufactured in foreign factories.  It is time for Congress to take action to better protect health.  FDA must be given the tools it needs to protect our drug supply, which enters the home of nearly every American each day. Congress is right to focus on this important issue and today's drug safety hearing is a step in the right direction."


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