Action Alert: 21st Century Cures Act

Action Alert: 21st Century Cures Act

 

 

We are urging you to read this release from Kevin Hall, Director of The Citizens Commission on Human Rights New England and take action!

 

Your Phone Calls and Faxes Needed 

to US Senate H.E.L.P. Committee Against the 21st Century Cures Act, H.R.6 http://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/6

 

Dear Health and Mental Health Care Safety Reform Supporter,

Your help is urgently needed in countering the 21st Century Cures Act. The act has been touted as a way to speed up the drug approval process and improve access to life saving treatments. In truth it is a huge gift to drug and device makers at taxpayer expense. This bill has already passed the US House of Representatives.

This bill is a direct threat to patient safety, erodes vital protections for human research subjects, threatens your medical privacy, and provides for rapid approval of medical devices like shock machines and deep brain stimulation devices without rigorous clinical trials.

This bill codifies fraudulent drug marketing schemes, that have already cost our country billions of dollars, into law.

Here are some talking points:

  • The 21st Century Cures Act threatens our safety by rushing drugs to market without adequate scientific testing. Patients have already been harmed by drugs that were rushed to market in such fashion. (google Vioxx if you need to.)
  • This bill erodes parental rights. Informed consent for human research could be bypassed if researchers decide the research involves no more than “minimal risk.” Minimal and risk are very subjective terms. Parents, patients, and not drug company funded researchers need to make the choice of whether or not a risk is acceptable. In this bill, pediatric research is one of the areas given priority.
  • In some cases allows medical devices, including shock treatment machines, deep brain stimulation devices, and others to be approved based not on clinical trials but on journal articles and case histories.
  • Codifies questionable and sometimes fraudulent off-label marketing practices into law. Such schemes have already cost state Medicaid programs billions.
  • Decreases transparency by hiding drug company payments to doctors for “continuing education” lectures.
  • This bill contains a “medical software” section that specifically mentions possible use of such software for monitoring adherence to medications.

We need phone calls to the members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. These are needed rapidly. The following Senators are on the committee.

 

Lamar Alexander (TN), Chair- (202) 224-4944

Patty Murray (WA), Ranking Member- (202) 224-2621

Michael B. Enzi (WY)- (202) 224-3424

Barbara Mikulski (MD)- (202) 224-4654

Richard Burr (NC)- (202) 224-3154

Bernie Sanders (VT)- (202) 224-5141

Johnny Isakson (GA)- (202) 224-3643

Robert P. Casey, Jr (PA)- (202) 224-6324

Rand Paul (KY)- (202) 224-4343

Al Franken (MN)- (202) 224-5641

Susan Collins (ME)- (202) 224-2523

Michael F. Bennet (CO)- (202) 224-5852

Lisa Murkowski (AK)- (202) 224-6665

Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)- (202) 224-2921

Mark Kirk (IL)- (202)224-2854  

Tammy Baldwin (WI)- (202) 224-5653

Tim Scott (SC)- (202) 224-6121

Christopher S. Murphy (CT)- (202) 224-4041

Orrin Hatch (UT)- (202) 224-5251

Elizabeth Warren (MA)- (202) 224-4543

Pat Roberts (KS)- (202) 224-4774

Bill Cassidy, M.D. (LA)- (202) 224-5824

 

Tell them you oppose this bill, briefly why you do, and that they should oppose it too. The name of the bill is the 21st Century Cures Act.  Let them know that while you understand the concept of allowing people with terminal conditions the right to access experimental drugs, this bill opens this up to psychiatric conditions and other conditions that are absolutely not life and death.  The bill calls for putting these drugs on the market and then monitoring “patient experience.”   In essence, Americans becomes the world’s test subjects. Let them know you oppose this bill and any other bill like it that may be written.

 

Thanks very much Kevin Hall for providing us with this information.

 

Take back your health America!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

 

The AMA Calls for Ban on Pharmaceutical Advertising

The AMA (American Medical Association) released the press release below on 11/17/15 regarding their recent decision to call for a ban on pharmaceutical advertising.  The Bulldozer Health Show has been in contact with the AMA, and they have no further statement at this time.

We are publishing  the press release though,  so that our readers and Bulldozer Health Show listeners have the most accurate information.

Please join the AMA and sign our petition to get the public health risk of pharmaceutical advertising off of television

 

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/take-prescription-drug?source=c.em&r_by=11354194

Thank you!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

Take back your health America!

 

 

NEWS FROM THE AMA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2015

AMA Calls for Ban on Direct to Consumer Advertising of Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices

ATLANTA – Responding to the billions of advertising dollars being spent to promote prescription products, physicians at the Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) today adopted new policy aimed at driving solutions to make prescription drugs more affordable.

Physicians cited concerns that a growing proliferation of ads is driving demand for expensive treatments despite the clinical effectiveness of less costly alternatives.

“Today’s vote in support of an advertising ban reflects concerns among physicians about the negative impact of commercially-driven promotions, and the role that marketing costs play in fueling escalating drug prices,” said AMA Board Chair-elect Patrice A. Harris, M.D., M.A. “Direct-to-consumer advertising also inflates demand for new and more expensive drugs, even when these drugs may not be appropriate.”

The United States and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world that allow direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs. Advertising dollars spent by drug makers have increased by 30 percent in the last two years to $4.5 billion, according to the market research firm Kantar Media.

New AMA policy also calls for convening a physician task force and launching an advocacy campaign to promote prescription drug affordability by demanding choice and competition in the pharmaceutical industry, and greater transparency in prescription drug prices and costs.

“Physicians strive to provide the best possible care to their patients, but increases in drug prices can impact the ability of physicians to offer their patients the best drug treatments,” said Dr.  Harris. “Patient care can be compromised and delayed when prescription drugs are unaffordable and subject to coverage limitations by the patient’s health plan. In a worst-case scenario, patients forego necessary treatments when drugs are too expensive.”

New AMA policy responds to deepened concerns that anticompetitive behavior in a consolidated pharmaceutical marketplace has the potential to increase drug prices. The AMA will encourage actions by federal regulators to limit anticompetitive behavior by pharmaceutical companies attempting to reduce competition from generic manufacturers through manipulation of patent protections and abuse of regulatory exclusivity incentives.

The AMA will also monitor pharmaceutical company mergers and acquisitions, as well as the impact of such actions on drug prices. Patent reform is a key area for encouraging greater market-based competition and new AMA policy will support an appropriate balance between incentives for innovation on the one hand and efforts to reduce regulatory and statutory barriers to competition as part of the patent system.

Last month, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a report saying that a high cost of prescription drugs remains the public’s top health care priority. In the past few years, prices on generic and brand-name prescription drugs have steadily risen and experienced a 4.7 percent spike in 2015, according to the Altarum Institute Center for Sustainable Health Spending.

The AMA’s new policy recognizes that the promotion of transparency in prescription drug pricing and costs will help patients, physicians and other stakeholders understand how drug manufacturers set prices. If there is greater understanding of the factors that contribute to prescription drug pricing, including the research, development, manufacturing, marketing and advertising costs borne by pharmaceutical companies, then the marketplace can react appropriately.

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Media Contact:
AMA Media Relations
(312) 464-4430
media@ama-assn.org

About the American Medical Association (AMA) The American Medical Association helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional, public health and health policy issues. The nation’s largest physician organization plays a leading role in shaping the future of medicine. For more information on the AMA, please visit http://www.ama-assn.org.

BIG PHARMA MUST COME OFF OF TELEVISION

Watch and share with everyone you know. And please sign our petition to get the pharmaceutical ads off of television, for all of our health. Take back your health America!

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/take-prescription-drug?source=c.em&r_by=11354194

Peace,
Wendy Love Edge

Podcast: Bulldozer Remedy for Health #1, change your mind. Guest: Sheila Berger

Sheila's Bio Pic final.png sheila. Sheila Berger

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http://www.talkstreamradio.com/play_episode.lasso?soundfile=http://74.118.74.230/tsr/shows/BH_091114.mp3&episodeDate=September 11, 2014&episodeId=709&showId=50&showTitle=Bulldozer Health&episodetitle=#1 – Change Your Mind – with guest Sheila Berger

BulldozerRemedy for Health #1: Change your Mind

Changing your mind  to the positive is a key aspect in taking back your health.  I remember very clearly when I changed my mind.  I had just become separated from my wife. She told me when she was leaving, that I would find my strength and my power if she left. I didn’t believe one word of it.  It made me sad and angry actually.  For a time, I sat with that sadness and anger.  Nothing changed.  Being sad and angry and remaining on all of my pharmaceutical medications certainly wasn’t going to change my life for the better.  But I couldn’t see that.  Then one day, I was thinking  about the victim that I had become.  A victim of the medical system, of the diseases that I had, of the failing economy, of the 16 pharmaceutical medications that I was on, and of the pharmaceutical companies themselves.  I decided I didn’t want to be a victim anymore.  To do this, I realized that I had to change my mind.  Once I started to change my mind, I could see everything with more clarity.

Next,  I  began to change my language.  I realized that I was owning the diseases that I had by saying things like “my” dermatomyositis or “my” psoriatic arthritis, “my” diabetes, or  “my” myasthenia gravis.  So instead, I said, “I have 4 autoimmune diseases, but they don’t have me”. Or I said, “I am healthy and whole”.  I not only said these things, but I believed them.  I couldn’t just have faith that I would change my mind, it was key to believe it, and to know that it was happening.  And to never waiver on that.

To empower myself further,  I read everything I could on the diseases I had and the medications that I was on.  I then began to investigate what alternative treatments might help me.  I had read all about the diseases before, but this time it was through the eyes of someone who was going to be  victorious over them, find alternatives that worked, and teach my body to heal itself.  The body knows how to heal itself, but it can only do so under the right conditions.

There was one more belief system I had to conquer.  You see, the doctors had told me that I was going to die repeatedly.  I believed them.  It was like they, in their white coats with their diplomas on the wall, had some inside information from my maker, and only they had the key to unlock my ability to remain alive.  Our beliefs are very powerful.  So in changing my mind, I had to change my beliefs.  Or more accurately, I had to stop believing what the doctors were telling me.  I am a trained medical professional, a spiritual healer, and a very intelligent  woman.  But all that went out the window the minute they told me that I was going to die from the disease that made me gravely ill or the medicine that they believed they had to give me to treat it with.  I had already been a survivor in my life.  With this illness, I had to  realize that I already had survived it too.  Once I did, I was determined to find a way to live well, not just be a survivor.

Our mind is a powerful thing. We are a product of our genetics, intelligence, family, experiences, beliefs and more.  That said, we can change our mind at any time to the more positive. In doing so, we find our truth and change our lives for the better.

Change your mind, change your life. You’re  victorious, beautiful life is in your own hands.

Peace,


Wendy Love Edge

Take back your health America!