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The Battle on the Home Front: Jonathan Gadsden's Story

The Battle on the Home Front: Jonathan Gadsden's Story

Marine Lance Corporal's story reflects the growing need for new antibiotics that can treat dangerous diseases, against which most drugs are useless. Read More

Facilitating Medical Device Innovation: De Novo Reform

Facilitating Medical Device Innovation: De Novo Reform

The de novo process -- which requests lower-risk reclassification of medical devices and entry into the marketplace -- as it exists now is not achieving its purpose and has instead added unnecessary and time-consuming requirements. Read More

Food Products Recalled by FDA

Food Products Recalled by FDA

Since President Obama signed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act into law, at least 149 FDA-regulated food products have been recalled due to potential pathogenic contamination. Read More

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Jan 21, 2011

Health Care and the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis

Many public health officials and medical organizations are increasingly concerned about the rising incidence of antibiotic-resistant infections in the United States. According to the Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance, unless antibiotic resistance ―problems are detected as they emerge—and actions are taken quickly to contain them—the world may soon be faced with previously treatable diseases that have again become untreatable, as in the pre-antibiotic era.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Mar 30, 2011

Save Antibiotics - The Campaign Fact Sheet

Antibiotics are one of the most important tools in modern medicine. These drugs can mean the difference between life and death when humans contract a bacterial infection—from staph to salmonella to bacterial pneumonia. But overuse and misuse of these drugs are making bacteria more quickly resistant to essential antibiotics.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Apr 4, 2011

Tools to Improve School Meals

The meals schools serve to students are an important source of nutrients kids need to grow, learn and succeed. Yet many schools don’t have the necessary tools to prepare safe and healthy meals.

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School Food

Apr 4, 2011

Serving Up School Meals that Make the Grade

The nutrition standards for school meals have not been updated for more than 15 years. In 2009, the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences set forth recommendations for making school meals healthier.

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School Food

Apr 13, 2011

Testimony before the Committee on Energy on Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, United States House of Representatives

"Chairman Stearns, Ranking Member DeGette, and members of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony about the essential steps Congress must take to protect Americans and ensure the integrity of our drug supply..."

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Drug Safety

Apr 18, 2011

Tips for Writing a Letter to the Editor

Send a letter to your local newspaper to stress why antibiotics are important to you and your family. More

Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

May 8, 2011

Did You Know? Get the Facts on Antibiotic Resistance

Up to 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used on industrial farms in healthy food animals, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. This makes the U.S. one of the biggest users of antibiotics in food animal production in the world.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

May 8, 2011

What Moms Need to Know About Antibiotic Resistance and Food Animal Production

The antibiotics our families depend on to treat dangerous infections are rapidly losing their effectiveness, posing a particular threat to our children, the elderly and people with chronic diseases. Part of the problem has been the misuse of these drugs in humans, but another key contributor is
antibiotic overuse in food animal production.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

May 23, 2011

Changing the Menu in Chicago

In an effort to improve the quality of foods served in its schools, CPS debuted new breakfast and lunch menus in the 2010-2011 school year which are now among the healthiest in the country.

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School Food

May 24, 2011

Replacing Deep Fat Fryers

The Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project conducted a pilot survey among food service directors in three states (Georgia, Kentucky and Wisconsin), finding that schools lack the resources and equipment to provide healthy school food to students.

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School Food

Jun 9, 2011

Joint letter on pending FDA rule to ban the extra-label use of cephalosporins in food animal production

We, the undersigned groups, are writing to ask you to quickly move forward with issuing a revised order of prohibition on extra-label use of cephalosporin drugs in food-producing animals as stated in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Strategic Priorities for 2011-2015.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Jun 28, 2011

Save Antibiotics - The Challenge Fact Sheet

Whenever antibiotics are used, some bacteria may adapt and become resistant to these commonly used drugs. Today, the world’s leading public health and medical organizations are concerned that overuse and misuse of antibiotics are causing bacteria to develop resistance more quickly. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified antibiotic resistance as one of its top concerns.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Jun 28, 2011

Save Antibiotics - The Link Fact Sheet

The overuse and misuse of antibiotics have precipitated an emerging health crisis—bacteria are more quickly adapting to and resisting common antibiotics, posing a serious challenge to human health. In the U.S., entire herds or flocks of food animals are often administered antibiotics in their feed or water to promote growth and weight gain—a practice that has been identified as a contributor to antibiotic resistance.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Aug 1, 2011

Save Antibiotics August Newsletter (2011)

FDA can issue what’s called a guidance document and advise agricultural and pharmaceutical companies against the misuse of antibiotics on industrial farms.  The agency issued a first draft of this guidance—Guidance #209, The Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food-Producing Animals—in June 2010.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Aug 1, 2011

Moms for Antibiotic Awareness August Newsletter (2011)

Thank you for joining Moms for Antibiotic Awareness, a group of mothers, fathers, grandparents and others concerned about their family's health. Specifically, we are dedicated to stopping a common industrial farming practice: feeding antibiotics to cows, pigs, chicken and other food animals that are not sick -- the drugs help to compensate for overcrowded and unsanitary conditions and spur faster growth.  Unfortunately, this practice is breeding antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can infect people.

 

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Aug 15, 2011

Regulatory Comment: Defining Larger Participants in Certain Consumer Financial Products and Services Markets

This regulatory comment discusses the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed rule on defining larger participants in certain markets related to related to consumer financial products and services. Based on work at the Pew Health Group by the Safe Small Dollar Loans Research Project and The Safe Checking in the Electronic Age Project on small dollar loans and checking accounts, we urge the CFPB to issue an initial rule broadly covering nondepository markets. The rule should permit comprehensive supervision by the CFPB. The CFPB's supervisory authority must be broader than its rulemaking authority because examination of the market informs rulemaking needs. More

Banking, Lending

Aug 18, 2011

Helping School Meals Make the Grade

The National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs provide meals to tens of millions of children each day, accounting for up to one-half of those students’ daily calories. However, more than 90 percent of schools serve meals that do not even meet the minimum national school meal standards.

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School Food

Sep 1, 2011

Save Antibiotics September Newsletter (2011)

The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming (HHIF) is working to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics by phasing out the overuse and misuse of these drugs in food animal production. Since our launch in May, we’ve had more than 15,500 mothers, fathers, grandparents and others concerned about their family's health, join our Moms for Antibiotic Awareness. More than 1,400 of you have liked us on Facebook and another 3,500 are following us on Twitter. Thanks so much for your support!

 

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Sep 1, 2011

Moms for Antibiotic Awareness September Newsletter (2011)

Since our launch in May, we’ve had more than 15,500 individuals joined Moms for Antibiotic Awareness. More than 1,400 of you have liked us on Facebook and another 3,500 are following us on Twitter. Thanks so much for your support!

 

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Sep 6, 2011

Joint letter on State of the Science Regarding Antibiotic Use in Food Animals

The undersigned medical and public health organizations wish to clarify misinformation and confusion about the state of scientific knowledge concerning the contribution of animal agriculture to human antibiotic resistance.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Sep 7, 2011

New Ad: The Facts are Clear

Hundreds of scientific studies conducted over four decades have shown that feeding low doses of antibiotics to healthy food animals leads to drug-resistant infections in people. In fact, America’s leading medical, scientific and public health organizations have been warning of the danger for years.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Sep 14, 2011

Testimony of Allan Coukell before the Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions, United States Senate

"A major focus of the Pew Health Group is identifying ways to improve the safety of the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain. In July of this year, we released a report entitled 'After Heparin: Protecting Consumers from the Risks of Substandard and Counterfeit Drugs.'" More

Drug Manufacturing and Distribution, Drug Safety

Sep 20, 2011

National Headlines Reporting on the Need for New, Lifesaving Antibiotics

National and international headlines warn that multidrug-resistant superbugs are on the rise and the pipeline of new antibiotics is running dry.

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Antibiotic Innovation

Sep 20, 2011

What Leading Experts are Saying about Emerging Drug-Resistant Infections and the Need for New Drugs to Treat Them

Legislators, regulators, scientists and academics agree: we are running out of antibiotics to treat drug-resistant infections—and we need new ones now. Here is what leading voices are saying about how economic, scientific and regulatory factors are impeding the development of new antibiotics, and what we can do about it.

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Antibiotic Innovation

Oct 3, 2011

Save Antibiotics October Newsletter (2011)

Below is your October 2011 newsletter from The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming. In this issue, you will find updates on the release of an important new report on antibiotics in food animal production, information on a critical class of drugs FDA is expected to protect from overuse on farms, and several action opportunities to tell FDA, Congress and the White House why this issue is important to you.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production