National Center for Health Research
|Focus||Conducts and scrutinizes research to improve the health and safety of adults and children|
|Product||Health and medical information and assistance|
|Diana Zuckerman, President|
The National Center for Health Research (formerly the National Research Center for Women & Families) is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization founded in 1999. It uses objective, research-based information to encourage new, more effective programs and policies that promote the health and safety of women, children, and families. The President of the National Center is Diana Zuckerman. The primary program is The Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund, which has an online health hotline and provides free, research-based information and services to patients and their families.
In February 2011, Center staff published a study in the peer-reviewed journal Archives of Internal Medicine, which evaluated the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recalls of devices that the agency considered potentially deadly or otherwise very high risk. Using FDA data, the authors determined that most of the devices that were high-risk recalls had never been studied in clinical trials prior to FDA approval, and that the FDA needed to use more stringent criteria for implanted medical devices and those used to diagnose serious illnesses, and an editorial in the same issue agreed. The study resulted in a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives four days later and major U.S. newspapers and network news programs, where device industry representatives argued that clinical trials were not needed and the cost of doing the studies would interfere with job growth and innovation.
In April 2011, Center president Diana Zuckerman testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging about the study findings.
Zuckerman D, Brown P, Das A. (November 2014). “Lack of Publicly Available Scientific Evidence on the Safety and Effectiveness of Implanted Medical Devices”. JAMA Intern Med.2014; 174(11):1781-1787. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.4193. PMID 25265047.
- "JAMA Network - JAMA Internal Medicine - Medical Device Recalls and the FDA Approval Process". American Medical Association. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
- "JAMA Network - JAMA Internal Medicine - Medical Device Recalls: Get It Right the First Time: Comment on "Medical Device Recalls and the FDA Approval Process"". American Medical Association. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
- "News Analysis: Interviews, Op-eds, & Editorials - National Center For Health Research". National Center for Health Research. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
- "Home - United States Senate Special Committee on Aging". United States Senate. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
- "The Voice" (PDF). National Center for Health Research. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
- http://www.center4research.org Official website