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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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Feb 17, 2012

Comments to CMS on Sunshine Implementation

Pew’s main goals in commenting on the proposed rule are to ensure timely implementation and to promote the interest of full transparency by ensuring that data is collected, reported, and published in the most complete, consistent and accurate manner possible. More

Conflicts of Interest

Feb 24, 2010

Comprehensive Fact Sheet: Denmark’s Ban on Growth Promoting Antibiotics in Food Animals

In human medicine, antibiotic use is generally confined to treatment of illness. In contrast, antibiotics and other antimicrobials (drugs that kill microorganisms like bacteria) often are routinely given to food animals in the U.S. in order to grow animals faster and to compensate for unsanitary conditions on many industrial farms.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Jun 16, 2008

Consumer Survey - Disclosure of Industry Payments to Physicians

A majority of Americans say that it is important to know their physician’s financial ties to pharmaceutical companies and support legislation requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose gifts to doctors.

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Conflicts of Interest

Nov 18, 2008

Cost of Foodborne Illness

Foodborne illnesses carry with them significant economic and social costs that extend far beyond the immediate victim.

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Food Safety

May 20, 2009

Curing Credit Card Penalties

Congress is set to enact new legislation that will make credit cards safer and more fair for consumers. As lawmakers negotiate final details before President Obama can sign the bill, new analysis from the Pew Health Group highlights the importance of a safeguard found only in the Senate’s version of the law.

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Credit Cards

Dec 1, 2008

Defaulting on the Dream:Arizona

One in 18 homeowners in Arizona is estimated to be in foreclosure by the end of 2010, as a result of a subprime-related loan. Years of easily accessible credit and relatively low home prices that facilitated homeownership in the state have ended, leaving in their wake stricter lending terms and stagnating home appreciation.

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Consumer Financial Security

Apr 17, 2008

Denied

An issue brief on the lack of access to federal loans by community college students. If you need to take out a loan for college, it is tough to find a better deal than a federal student loan.

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Consumer Financial Security

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

Jun 26, 2013

Drug Development for Limited Populations: A New Proposed Pathway

The lack of new antibiotics and the rise in drug resistance have rendered some serious and life-threatening infections untreatable, and the health care community is searching for ways to bring innovative new drugs to patients whose treatment options are limited or nonexistent. More

Antibiotic Innovation

Aug 3, 2010

Drug Safety and Accountability Act of 2010

The Drug Safety and Accountability Act of 2010 (S.3690) seeks to strengthen industry standards to ensure the quality and safety of drugs made for the U.S. market, and to improve the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) oversight abilities through modernized information systems and new authorities, such as the power to order a drug recall.

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Drug Manufacturing and Distribution, Drug Safety

Jul 27, 2010

Effects of Banning the Use of Antibiotics as Growth Promoters in Denmark and Scandinavia

A listing of major reports and journal articles regarding the effects of banning the use of antibiotics as food animal growth promoters in Denmark and Scandinavia.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Jun 22, 2012

Facilitating Medical Device Innovation: De Novo Reform

The de novo process as it exists now is not achieving its purpose of streamlining the path to move new devices onto the marketplace and has instead added unnecessary and time-consuming requirements. More

Medical Safety

Nov 18, 2008

FDA Actions Regarding Produce Safety

For more than a decade, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized the challenge of making fresh produce safer. However, it has relied on voluntary guidelines. This document summarizes a decade of government initiatives that fall short of the mandatory and enforceable federal safety standards needed for domestic and imported fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Food Hazards

Jun 10, 2009

FDA Globalization Act of 2009: Drug Safety Provisions

The Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act of 2009 (H.R.759) seeks to secure the safety of imported prescription drugs and active pharmaceutical ingredients through greater FDA authority and manufacturer responsibility, and increased inspections of prescription drug and active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing sites abroad.

 

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Drug Manufacturing and Distribution, Drug Safety

Nov 19, 2008

FDA Responsibilities and Resources

Charged with responsibility for keeping 80% of the nation's food supply (including fresh produce) safe, the FDA receives less than 25% of federal dollars spent on food safety activities.

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Food Safety

Nov 12, 2010

Federal Reporting Requirements on Payments to Physicians: Impact on State Laws

With the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010,  all U.S. manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologics or medical supplies covered under government-funded insurance programs are now required to report certain information to HHS. This fact sheet describes how these federal reporting requirements affect comparable state disclosure laws.

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Conflicts of Interest

Mar 23, 2010

Federal Reserve Issues Final Rules on Gift Cards

The Federal Reserve Board issued its Regulation E Final Rule on gift cards as required by the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009. The Pew Safe Credit Cards Project submitted a letter to the Federal Reserve during its proposed rule comment period requesting that the Fed consider limiting the amount of any such monthly fee.

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Credit Cards

Apr 11, 2012

Focus Group Findings on Prepaid Debit Cards

This fact sheet focuses on the lessons learned from consumers who purchase and use prepaid debit cards.

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Checking, Credit Cards

Oct 19, 2011

Focus On: Food Import Safety

Americans’ appetite for imported food has expanded dramatically over the past few decades. For each of the past seven years, food imports have grown by an average of 10 percent. Currently, between 10 and 15 percent of all food consumed by U.S. households is imported. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), nearly two-thirds of the fruits and vegetables and 80 percent of seafood consumed domestically come from outside the United States. In this issue brief, the Pew Health Group and Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) address the safety of imported seafood and raw produce, two of the largest categories of FDA-regulated food items produced and processed abroad and then sold in the United States. More

Food Hazards

Jul 16, 2012

Food Animal Production and Antibiotic Resistance

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

Jul 17, 2012

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. A recall is needed when a failure in the food safety program in a food facility results in contaminated food products being shipped to supermarkets and other retail and wholesale outlets. A recall is the last line of defense that protects consumers from getting sick.

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Food Safety

Feb 8, 2010

Food Safety and the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis

According to a first-ever study by professors at the University of Regina in the United Kingdom, U.S. food safety ranks seventh or “average” among 17 other industrialized nations. At least 76 million cases of food-borne disease occur each year in the U.S. While many health problems caused by contaminated food are not serious, some food-borne infections are much more dangerous, leading to convulsions, premature delivery and miscarriage, sepsis, or even death.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Nov 19, 2008

Foodborne Pathogens Associated with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

There are a number of foodborne microbial pathogens associated with the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables that can cause illness or death among consumers who eat contaminated produce.

This document summarizes the major foodborne microbial pathogens that may be found in fresh produce, including Cyclospora cayetanensis, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Hepatitis A, Listeria monocytogenes, Norovirus, Salmonella spp., and Shigella spp.

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Food Safety

Nov 15, 2010

Getting Smart About Antibiotic Resistance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has proclaimed November 15-21, 2010 as "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week." This event is an opportunity for Americans to learn about the importance of these life-saving drugs.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production

Oct 7, 2009

Getting with the Program

This report  finds that nearly one in 10 community college students in the U.S. can’t get a federal loan if they need one because their schools choose not to participate in the federal loan programs. More

Consumer Financial Security