NCHR Testimony at the FDA about a Circulatory System Device

June 12, 2018. Since it is a high-risk device, the INCRAFT AAA Stent Graft System should be held to a high standard for approval. As you determine whether you have reasonable assurance of this device’s safety and effectiveness, we urge you to consider the benefits and risks for patients.

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NCHR Co-Signs Letter of Support for Patient Advocacy Transparency Act

March 8, 2018 The Honorable Claire McCaskill United States Senate 503 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC, 20510 Dear Senator McCaskill: We welcome the Patient Advocacy Transparency Act, which will expand the Physician Payments Sunshine Act to include disclosure of pharmaceutical and medical device company payments to advocacy organizations, professional societies, and other third parties. […]

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NCHR Testimony at FDA about Buprenorphine Sublingual Spray, Buvaya

May 22, 2018: Opioids can be greatly beneficial and, as we all know too well, can also produce tremendous harms for patients suffering from pain. Buvaya presents concerning safety issues, its benefits seem minimal, and the delayed benefit for patients may result in overuse or misuse in the real world. Please carefully consider the risks of putting another non-abuse-deterrent opioid on the market and whether the sponsor’s attempts to reduce misuse and abuse are sufficient. We do not think so and more important, there is no evidence demonstrating that this product will be misused less often than other opioids. We therefore urge you to vote that the benefits of Buvaya do not outweigh its risks.

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NCHR Comment on USPSTF’s Draft Recommendation Statement Screening for Intimate Partner Violence and Elder Abuse

May 21, 2018. In conclusion, we agree with the USPSTF’s efforts to provide updated recommendations on screening of IPV and abuse based on quality, up-to-date studies. The benefits of screening for IPV for women outweigh the risks, and future studies should allow recommendations to be made for other populations. We agree with the USPSTF draft recommendation on IPV and elder abuse.

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