What’s at Stake

By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director

Last month’s hearings about breast implants vividly and heartbreakingly revealed what’s at stake when companies are allowed to sell medical devices that have never been proven to be safe. Dozens of women testified about the devastating health harms they’ve suffered after having breast implants. And their testimony revealed the price we pay when corporate interests are allowed to go unchecked. 

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Intolerable and lasting health harms from breast implants are just one example of what can go wrong when our regulatory agencies fail to listen to—and inform—women. And because Breast Cancer Action will never take corporate funding from Biotech or Pharma, you can trust we’re always ready to go toe-to-toe with industry to make sure patient interests always come first.

We believe that companies should only be allowed to sell drugs or devices that actually help people live longer or feel better. That’s why we:

  • Demand that health policy be based on patient-centered evidence, including essential safety and efficacy data;
  • Refuse shortcuts in the approval process that utilize indirect and intermediate indicators, without showing overall survival or quality of life benefits for patients;
  • Resist corporate influence in our regulatory agencies, including working to ensure that whoever replaces Dr. Gottleib as the FDA Commissioner is free from corporate ties that create a conflict of interest.

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One Response to What’s at Stake

  • I’d guess the majority of people don’t even know what Lymphedema is!
    (this is the correct spelling of LYMPHEDEMA, and not even “facebook” recognizes
    the word! Neither did I until I fell victim to it! In short, Lymphedema alters one’s life!
    The body no longer drains properly, hence the swelling! Along with it comes the
    pain! Massage is a vital part of the treatment, except, alas, there are unbelievably
    few professionally trained to administer this treatment and it is OPPOSITE from
    the standardized massage therapy practiced today! Lymphedema can occur
    where lymph nodes have disappeared (and never grow back!) The most
    prevalent being the arms, legs, ankles and feet. Medicare does not cover
    anything related to Lymphedema! Special shoes are covered for diabetic
    patients, but not for lymphedema! Patients suffer the same agony as those
    with diabetes! The end result is each step is excruciating, and the pain ex-
    tinguishes all desire to walk! It totally alters the joy of life itself!

    Please for everyone who is burdened with this life-altering illness (including
    myself) SIGN THIS PETITION! Many thanks!

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