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Jan 4, 2013

Pew Thanks President Obama for Fulfilling Promise to Make Our Food Safe

Erik Olson, director of food programs at The Pew Charitable Trusts, issues the following statement on Jan. 4, 2013 release of major draft regulations to implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which President Barack Obama signed two years prior on Jan. 4, 2011.

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Food Safety
Nov 12, 2012

America Gets Mixed Score on ''Antibiotics IQ'' Test

Nearly nine in 10 Americans recognize that antibiotics are effective treatments for fighting bacterial infections like strep throat, but more than a third mistakenly believe the drugs are also appropriate treatments for viral infections such as the common cold.

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Antibiotic Innovation
Nov 1, 2012

When It Comes to Healthy Snacks, Many Schools Do Not Make the Grade

A new report finds that in all but one state, fewer than half of secondary schools sold fruit or vegetables as snacks in 2010.

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School Food
Oct 15, 2012

Pew Comments on Proposed Antibiotics Legislation

Laura Rogers, project director for the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, issued a statement in support of legislation proposed by Rep. Henry Waxman’s (D-CA) that would enable the FDA and the public to verify whether the agency's efforts toward providing guidance on limiting the overuse and misuse of antibiotics are actually working.

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Sep 19, 2012

As Prescription Painkiller Overdoses Mount, Researchers Outline Effective Approaches to Curb Epidemic

Prescription painkillers are responsible for more fatal overdoses in the United States than heroin and cocaine combined. And while most states have programs to curb abuse and addiction, a new report shows that many states do not fully analyze the data they collect.

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Drug Safety
Jul 9, 2012

Pew Applauds Enactment of User Fee Legislation, Urges Its Swift Implementation

President Barack Obama today signed into law the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, which supports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s drug and device reviews and includes other measures to benefit patients.

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Drug Safety, Antibiotic Innovation
Jul 9, 2012

Funding Available to Bring Health Into Decision in Non-Health Sectors

The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, announced a call for proposals for grants to conduct health impact assessments (HIAs). HIAs identify and address the health impacts of decisions in other sectors, such as planning roads, passing agriculture legislation, or siting schools.

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Health Impact Assessment
Jun 26, 2012

Pew Commends Congress for Passing FDA User Fee Legislation

The U.S. Senate today joined the House in passing Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (S. 3187), a bill to support the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s drug and device reviews. The bill now goes to President Obama to be signed and implemented.

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Medical Safety
Jun 26, 2012

School Budgets, Student Health to Benefit From Higher Nutrition Standards

Updating national nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in schools could help students maintain a healthy weight and increase food service revenue, according to a health impact assessment (HIA) released today by the Kids’ Safe & Healthful Foods Project and the Health Impact Project.

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School Food, Health Impact Assessment
Jun 21, 2012

Pew Applauds U.S. House Passage of FDA User Fee Legislation

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday passed the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, a bill to support the FDA’s drug and device reviews. “We commend the House for passing the bipartisan Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act," said Allan Coukell, director of medical programs at the Pew Health Group.

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Medical Safety
Jun 14, 2012

22 of America's Most Promising Scientists Selected as Pew Biomedical Scholars

Twenty-two of the nation’s most innovative young researchers were named Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts today.

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Biomedical Research
Jun 14, 2012

Top Young Latin American Scientists Named Pew Biomedical Fellows

Ten young researchers were named Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences today by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Biomedical Research
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
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
May 16, 2012

Use of Last-Resort Antibiotics Rises in VA Hospitals, National Study Finds

To fight the rising number of drug-resistant infections, doctors in Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals are more frequently turning to last-resort antibiotics, known as polymyxins, which can cause serious kidney damage, according to a new study in the journal PLoS One.

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Antibiotic Innovation
May 15, 2012

“Supermoms Against Superbugs” Take Washington by Storm

Moms from Maine to Hawaii have come to Washington, D.C., today to press the Obama Administration and Congress to do more to rein in the overuse of antibiotics on America’s industrial farms, a practice that breeds antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
May 10, 2012

Chicago Public School Student-Chefs Treat Congress to Chicken Raised without Antibiotics

Six high school students from the Chicago Vocational Career Academy served Congress a lunch that features chicken raised without antibiotics, just like much of the chicken now on the menu in public schools back home in Chicago.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Apr 19, 2012

Voters Want Healthy Snacks in Schools

"Eighty percent of American voters favor national nutrition standards that would limit calories, fat and sodium in snack and à la carte foods sold in U.S. schools and encourage the consumption of fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy items, according to a new poll."

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School Food
Mar 5, 2012

Grants Awarded to Help Build Health into Decisions on Energy, Housing, Agriculture, and Other Areas

"The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, announced the awardees of 15 new grants today. Selected following a nationwide call for proposals, the grantees will conduct health impact assessments (HIAs), a type of study that looks at potential health impacts of policies and projects in other sectors."

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Health Impact Assessment
Mar 1, 2012

A Step Forward for Food Safety in School Meals

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) took a step toward improving school food safety and reducing students’ risk of foodborne illness when top officials signed a new agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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School Food
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 25, 2012

USDA Finalizes Healthy School Meal Standards

“We applaud the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for issuing final guidance to help schools across the country serve healthier meals to students. The updated nutrition standards for school meals are now in line with the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the federal government’s evidence-based guidance to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases and decrease the prevalence of obesity."

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School Food
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
Jan 5, 2012

Twin Cities Light Rail Project Presents Both Opportunities And Risks, According To Health Impact Assessment

The rezoning around a planned light rail line in the Twin Cities would create both opportunities and potential risks for the health of the people in the communities it would pass through, according to a health impact assessment (HIA) released today by PolicyLink, TakeAction Minnesota, and ISAIAH, a nonprofit coalition of 90 congregations of various faiths in the Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Cloud region. The HIA was made possible through a grant by the Health Impact Project, which is a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Health Impact Assessment
Jan 4, 2012

Pew Applauds FDA Measure to Preserve Effectiveness of Critical Antibiotics

The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming today praised the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for limiting the use of cephalosporins in food animal production.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production