Navigation Links
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."

The FDA has received reports of 149 Americans who died after receiving heparin, all of whom suffered one or more symptoms associated with a known contaminant. The deaths occurred over a 17-month period in 2007 and 2008. Heparin, a blood thinner contaminated during manufacture in China, is an example of the movement of pharmaceutical manufacturing to the developing world and the increased risk that American consumers will be exposed to sub-standard and harmful drugs. A 2007 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimated that 80 percent of the active ingredients in U.S. drugs are now made overseas, and that FDA has little ability to inspect foreign manufacturing sites. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg have both said that the agency needs additional authority and resources to protect Americans. 

The Pew Prescription Project is an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts to promote consumer safety through reforms in the approval, manufacture and marketing of prescription drugs. For more information, please visit www.prescriptionproject.org.

SOURCE Pew Charitable Trusts

Back to top

RELATED LINKS
http://www.prescriptionproject.org/

'/>"/>

SOURCE Pew Charitable Trusts
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Statement by KCP Chairman Dr. Edward Jones in Response to FDA Advisory Committee on Benefits and Risks of Erythropoietin-Stimulating Agents in Treatment of Kidney Patients
2. Statement From The National Conclave on HIV/AIDS Policy for Black Clergy
3. Statement by US Oncology on FDA Label on Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents (ESAs)
4. AIDS Action Council Statement on World AIDS Day 2007: Leadership Needed for a National Strategy to Stop the AIDS Epidemic
5. Statement of Andrea Kavanagh, Director, Pure Salmon Campaign, on the Science Sea Lice Study
6. Statement from the American Diabetes Association Related to ACCORD Trial Announcement
7. Media Statement: MHA Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality OHRP Ruling
8. Statement from Eli Lilly and Company: Response to Connecticut Attorney General News Release
9. Ortho Biotech Statement on U.S. Food and Drug Administration Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee Vote
10. Statement From the Lupus Foundation of America Regarding the Release of Top-Line Results From a Study of Rituxan for the Treatment of Lupus
11. VA Statement on Smoking Cessation Research Program
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/2/2017)... ORLANDO, Fla. , Oct. 2, 2017  AllianceRx ... services company formed by Walgreens and pharmacy benefit manager ... of its new brand, which included the unveiling of ... Fla. , as well as at a few ... introduces the new brand to patients, some of whom ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... The Rebound mobile app is poised to become ... tide of prescription drug addiction. The app empowers users to ... stepping down their dosage in a safe, controlled manner while ... the first 100,000 people to sign up will enjoy 3 ... ...
(Date:9/28/2017)... 2017 Cohen Veterans Bioscience and Early Signal ... wearable and home sensors for real-time monitoring of patients ... a nonprofit organization focused on disruptive health solutions for ... analytical system to record and integrate behavioral, cognitive, physiological ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:10/13/2017)... EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (PRWEB) , ... ... ... University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy (SOP) alumni Hannah Randall, PharmD ‘17, and ... educated healthcare professionals on guideline updates for the primary prevention of cardiovascular ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Ellevate Network, the leading network for professional women, brought together some of ... their inaugural Summit in New York City in June. The event was livestreamed with ... 3 million. To watch the Mobilize Women video, click here . , ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: ... faced every danger possible to save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From ... Carole is a dedicated teacher of the Bible. She has taught all ages and ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... meet the demand of today’s consumer and regulatory authorities worldwide. From Children’s to ... and tested to meet the highest standard. , These products are also: ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ANGELES (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... Parsa Mohebi Hair Restoration, has recently contributed a medical article to the newly ... on cosmetictown.com. Dr. Mohebi’s article spotlights the hair transplant procedure known as ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):