Faster Drug Approval: Winners and Losers

HealthZette, June 28, 2016. By the time a drug is approved by the Federal Drug Administration, it’s been through extensive human clinical trials. There are so many obstacles to greenlighting any new medication or treatment, in fact, that it seems like it can take forever — with countless lives lost in the meantime.

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Republicans Seize on Reports Critiquing FDA to Push for Agency Reforms

STAT, June 15, 2016. Has Congress’s watchdog agency just given Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander the ammunition he needs to push a stalled biomedical reform through the Senate? The Government Accountability Office on Wednesday issued two critical reports suggesting that the Food and Drug Administration isn’t properly planning how to keep pace with medical science.

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21st Century Cures Act Nears Passage with Little News Media Scrutiny

Health News Review, June 13, 2016. With the exception of STAT News, a few other mainstream media outlets, and some boosterish op-eds appearing in local papers, the news media haven’t said much about the 21st Century Cures Act over the past 6 months. It’s fair to say most Americans are in the dark about that far-reaching bill passed by the House of Representatives last summer and now winding its way through the Senate.

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150 Experts Say Olympics Must Be Moved or Postponed Because of Zika

The Washington Post, May 27, 2016. More than 100 prominent physicians, bioethicists and scientists from around the world posted a letter Friday urging World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan to exert pressure on Olympic authorities to move the Olympics from Rio de Janeiro or delay the Games because of public health concerns over the Zika virus.

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