Statement of Dr. Diana Zuckerman in honor of Dr. Vivian Pinn

September 8, 2017. I am going to Charlottesville on September 13 to honor Dr. Vivian Pinn, our 2013 Foremother Awards honoree, as a major UVA medical school building is named in her honor.  Dr. Pinn received her medical degree from the University of Virginia in 1967, where she was the only African-American and only woman in her graduating class.

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Will Controversial Bill Cure or Kill Patients?

Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Health Research, points out that drug companies rely on a three-phase clinical trial process to gain FDA approval for their products. If RTT siphoned off patients with life-threatening illnesses from clinical trials, particularly for trials of medications serving limited populations with rare diseases, drug companies might find it even harder to enroll enough patients to complete them. And health insurers will not pay for drugs that lack FDA approval.

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EpiPen Maker Failed to Investigate Product Flaws Associated with Patient Deaths, FDA Says

“It may well be a very small number, relatively speaking, of EpiPens that are likely to be problematic, and it may be that those have been recalled. But the parents and patients don’t know that,” Zuckerman said. “This is a product where you don’t know, until you use it, whether it works or not. I think it’s safe to say no patient — and no parent — wants to find out the hard way that the product that they have isn’t effective.”

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