Statement of National Center for Health Research Supporting A CDC Review to Save Women’s Lives

The National Center for Health Research strongly supports the announcement that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may conduct a review of the potential benefits of biopsies for women scheduled for hysterectomy or fibroid removal.  The review is essential because a recent article, published in the medical journal Obstetrics & Gynecology  reports that the rate of unsuspected cancer is dangerously high in women undergoing hysterectomy.  When those women undergo surgery, particularly procedures involving a medical device called a power morcellator, the cancer can spread inside the woman’s abdomen, resulting in an early-stage cancer being upstaged to a much more dangerous metastatic (stage 4) cancer.  The risks  are especially high for women ages 55 and older, reaching almost 10% for undiagnosed uterine cancer.

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NCHR and NPA Comments at FDA Advisory Committee on New Treatment for Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

May 2, 2018, We urge the panel to recommend that FDA require additional well-designed superiority studies that use appropriate statistical methods to determine whether plazomicin cures infections and saves lives for patients who have no other options. With reliable methods, even small studies can show a clinically meaningful and significant benefit. Since there is no evidence that plazomicin works or is safe for patients who have no or limited options, approval will do more harm than good.

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NCHR’s Comments on USPSTF Draft Research Plan: Interventions for Tobacco Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women

USPSTF, April 11, 2018, We strongly support the efforts of the USPSTF to draft a research plan to identify benefits and harms of tobacco cessation interventions in broad populations, including pregnant women. We encourage the USPSTF to consider: 1. the necessary evidence to establish the short-term and long-term benefits of tobacco cessation on an individual and population level 2. potential fetal outcomes, including developmental and birth-related outcomes. 3. the harms associated with electronic nicotine delivery systems, as these products have been touted as safer alternatives that may also serve as quit aids.

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