FDA Approvals: On a Fast-Track to Disaster

By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow Most of us want to be confident when we start a newly prescribed treatment that the medication we take will improve the ailment we seek to treat. We believe that our drugs have been tested and proven effective. We assume that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) verifies … Continued

NWHN Statement to the FDA: Benefit-Risk Assessment in Drug Regulatory Decision-Making

Statement of Caila Brander, Policy Coordinator Presented to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Benefit-Risk Assessment in Drug Regulatory Decision-Making Request for Public Comments Docket No. FDA-2017-N-4076 My name is Caila Brander and I am the Policy Coordinator at The National Women’s Health Network, a nonprofit advocacy organization that works to improve the health of … Continued

Is Ipriflavone Effective in Treating Osteoporosis

I took Ipriflavone for about a year and a half in 2002, but stopped when an alternative provider recommended other treatments. Now I am 72, and a recent DEXA scan showed a much lower T-score. Is there any benefit to this drug? What has research shown? Ipriflavone is an herbal medicine made from a hormone … Continued

I Want to Stop Anastrozole, BUT!

My oncologist prescribed Anastrozole and I’ve been taking it since July 2016. My arthritis has flared up since. What are the side effects associated with using this drug?    Anastrozole has become popular for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. It’s been found to be more effective than the former leading drug for breast cancer … Continued

Natural Doesn’t Always Mean Better!

This week the National Women’s Health Network was back at the FDA fighting for medically accurate information about the dangers of hormone therapy during menopause. We have sounded the alarm before about products touted as “bioidentical” or “natural” that sound like a safer alternative to conventional hormone therapy drugs but likely carry the same increased … Continued

Tell the FDA to Put Health Ahead of Profits!

Drug prices are skyrocketing — and Big Pharma is raking in record profits.  Meanwhile, health care costs are increasing for all Americans. Big Pharma spends billions of dollars on misleading advertisements to convince people to seek out overpriced drugs that don’t work or they don’t need. Women urgently need an independent advocate they can trust. … Continued

The True Price of Prescription Drug Hikes!

Filling a prescription at the pharmacy is something most of us have had to do. For some that trip only occurs when that dreaded infection hits, but for others, it’s a common occurrence. Whether it was learning about the expense of that simple antibiotic or realizing the drug you are currently taking has doubled or … Continued

Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game: Drug Pricing in America

Earlier this year, Turing Pharmaceuticals faced intense public criticism after the company bought a 62-year-old drug and increased its price by 5,000 percent.1 Turing’s unusually outspoken Chief Executive Officer, Martin Shkreli, strongly defended the decision, even going so far as to argue that the new price was still below market value.2 Shkreli’s brazenly unapologetic attitude … Continued

More Support for Osteoporosis Prevention – Not Osteoporosis Drugs

Bisphosphonate use for prevention has declined in recent years – and that’s a victory!  But we’re concerned that a  recent article in the Wall Street Journal with the misleading title “More Support for Osteoporosis Drugs: The benefits of bisphosphonates outweigh the risks for many patients” (original article here) encourages the overuse of drugs that have … Continued