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May 31, 2012

Pew Applauds Passage of Bipartisan User Fee Legislation by U.S. House of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed bipartisan legislation to ensure that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the funds it needs to approve products that improve health and protect consumers from unnecessary risks.

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Drug Safety, Antibiotic Innovation, Drugs and Devices at the FDA
Feb 15, 2012

Pew Urges Congress to Pass Medical Device User Fee Act and Improve Marketplace Monitoring

We applaud the FDA and the medical device industry for reaching an agreement that will spur the innovation of new therapies for improving health and saving lives.

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Drug Safety, Drugs and Devices at the FDA
Jan 13, 2012

Pew Commends Pharmaceutical User Fee Agreements, Urges Swift Action by FDA and Medical Device Industry

We commend the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry for working together on agreements that support the agency’s review activities. Under PDUFA, the FDA has reduced the time it takes to approve new drugs.

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Drug Safety, Drugs and Devices at the FDA
Sep 20, 2013

Pew Commends FDA for Releasing Final Medical Device Identifier Rules, Outlines Next Steps

The Pew Charitable Trusts today commended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for issuing final regulations establishing a unique device identifier (UDI) system to mark medical devices or their labels with a code corresponding to the products’ make, model and other clinically relevant information.

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Drugs and Devices at the FDA
May 16, 2012

FDA Reviews New Drug Applications Faster than European, Canadian Regulators

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves new drugs more quickly than its counterparts in Europe and Canada, according to a new paper, “Regulatory Review of Novel Therapeutics Comparing FDA, EMA and Health Canada,” published online on May 16

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Drugs and Devices at the FDA
Oct 26, 2011

Food Chemical Regulations Rely Heavily on Industry Self-Policing and Lack Transparency

Safety decisions concerning one-third of the more than 10,000 substances that may be added to human food were made by food manufacturers and a trade association without review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to an analysis spearheaded by the Pew Health Group.

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Food Additives
Jun 14, 2013

Pew Commends Rep. Latham on New Food Safety Funding

The Pew Charitable Trusts commends Representative Tom Latham (R-IA) for his leadership in securing approximately $27 million for food safety in the House appropriations bill funding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA. The new money would help the FDA protect millions of Americans from the dangers of foodborne illnesses and strengthen consumer confidence in the food supply.

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Food Hazards
Nov 18, 2011

Pew Food Safety Campaign Statement on FDA Funding Legislation

Congress’ decision to increase appropriations for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by $39 million provides an important down payment toward the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was enacted in January. This law, adopted with strong bipartisan support, will strengthen how the federal government oversees the safety of 80 percent of the food supply.

 

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Food Hazards
May 19, 2011

Poll Finds Most Americans Favor Increased Funding for Stronger Food Safety Oversight

Among likely voters surveyed across the nation, 66 percent support additional funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to carry out new responsibilities related to food safety, according to a Pew-commissioned poll released today by the bipartisan team of Hart Research and American Viewpoint.

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Food Hazards
Nov 30, 2010

Historic U.S. Senate Food Safety Vote will Greatly Improve Protections from Foodborne Illness

Erik D. Olson, director of the Pew Health Group food programs, issued the following statement commending the U.S. Senate for passing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510).

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Food Hazards
Jan 4, 2010

Pew: Enactment of Landmark Legislation Will Limit Dangers in the U.S Food Supply

“Congress and President Obama should be applauded for enacting historic food safety legislation that will provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with improved authorities to oversee the safety of the nation’s food supply and prevent foodborne illness. This reform is the first major update to the law in over 70 years..."

 

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Food Hazards
Nov 12, 2009

Make Our Food Safe for the Holidays

Over the next several weeks, the U.S. Senate has an historic opportunity to take a major step toward improving food safety for all Americans.

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Food Hazards
Nov 12, 2009

Majority of Voters Support New Government Oversight of Food, Pew Commissioned Poll Finds

New polls of voters in selected states – Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Wyoming – show overwhelming support for measures that would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new authority to ensure the food Americans eat does not make them sick, according to a new poll commissioned by the Pew Health Group and conducted by a respected bipartisan team of pollsters at Hart Research (Democratic) and Public Opinion Strategies (Republican).

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Food Hazards
Oct 19, 2009

Foodborne Illness Victims Meet With White House to Push for Food Safety Reform

Sixteen Americans who have been directly affected by foodborne illness gathered at the White House recently to share their personal stories and meet Sam Kass, assistant White House chef, who cooks for the Obama family and is an advisor on food policy; Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, who is the lead staffer for the White House Food Safety Working Group; and David Lazarus, senior advisor to the Secretary of Agriculture, who coordinates with the White House on food safety issues.

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Food Hazards
Sep 10, 2009

Advocates Urge Senate to Pass Food Safety Legislation

Today, victims of foodborne illness, their families, concerned parents of young children and members of the Make Our Food Safe coalition hand-delivered lunch bags that detail potential hazards in common lunch items to every member of the United States Senate in Washington, D.C., as well as several in-state Senate offices.

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Food Hazards