Changing Laws and Policies

Letter to Board of Education of Montgomery County on Synthetic Playgrounds April 23, 2018. Many of the synthetic playground materials being used contain carcinogens, and when children are exposed to those carcinogens day after day, week after week, and year after year, they increase the chances of our children developing cancer, either now or as they get older. That should be adequate reason to not install them in Montgomery County.
Comments by Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D. on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Agenda and Priorities for FY2019/2020 April 11, 2018. Endocrine disruptors and chemicals in common consumer products that do not stay bound to those products get into the air and dust and thus into our bodies. These chemicals tend to pose greater risks to fetuses and children, and there are large gaps in our knowledge about the chemicals in the products on the market.
NCHR Letter to the Senate on Right To Try March 23, 2018. We are writing to urge you to vote against the Right to Try bill that recently passed the House of Representatives (HR 5247) despite strong opposition from the Democratic leadership. Although HR 5247 includes some potentially useful requirements that the results of patients’ access to experimental drugs be made available to the FDA, so that they will be aware of serious harm that could be caused, there is no enforcement mechanism to make sure that information is made available.
Right To Try Fact Sheet The Right to Try bill creates a program that is not as good as the existing FDA “Expanded Access” program, which has approved 99% of requests they received.
Statement on Failure of “Right to Try” Bill March 13, 2018. We thank Congress for rejecting the dangerous and misnamed “Right to Try” bill yesterday. The bill would harm more patients than it would help.
NCHR Letter to Maryland on State Funding for Artificial Turf and Playgrounds March 5, 2018. The State of Maryland has many spending priorities and should not be spending millions of dollars for artificial turf fields and playgrounds that can exacerbate our children’s health problems now, and potentially cause them to develop cancer in the years to come. Let’s instead invest in safe, natural playing fields, unless any synthetic alternatives are proven in unbiased research to be as safe and as cost-effective as grass for fields and engineered wood fiber for playgrounds.
NCHR Letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee on Right To Try Legislation February 22, 2018. Some terminally ill patients are willing to take big risks to have a chance to live longer, and if they want the “right to try” experimental treatments that are undergoing clinical trials, they should be able to do so as long as they are well informed of the risks as well as the possible benefits.
Testimony of Dr. Diana Zuckerman Before the Maryland House of Delegates Appropriations Committee on the Health Risks of Artificial Turf February 8, 2018. It is essential that the State of Maryland stop paying for artificial turf fields and playgrounds that can clearly exacerbate our children’s existing health problems and cause new  health problems. Let’s instead invest in safe, natural playing fields, unless any artificial alternatives are proven to be safer, more effective, and as cost-effective as grass.
Health Insurance: It’s Open Enrollment Season – Now What? Open enrollment is the time every fall when you have the chance to either stick with your old health insurance plan or pick a new one. This year, the period is from November 1st to December 15th.
NCHR Statement on Right To Try Legislation before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health October 3, 2017. We strongly urge this Committee to reject the Right To Try legislation that is currently under consideration, because it would undermine the successful FDA compassionate waiver program already in place to enable patients to have access to experimental drugs for free or at cost.
NCHR Comments to CPSC on the Organohalogen Flame Retardant Petition September 14, 2017. In order to keep our children safe, it is essential to regulate OFRs collectively as a class unless and until there is scientific evidence that one or more particular OFRs is proven to be safe, and then treat that specific OFR differently.
Letter from NCHR about Dangerous Playgrounds and Athletic Fields to the Mayor and City Council of Washington, DC July 19, 2017. We wrote a letter to DC Mayor Bowser expressing our concern about artificial turf and the harm it can do to children.
CPTF Response to Senate Health bill The Senate’s revised health bill was revealed on July 13, 2017. Unfortunately, the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 will result in much worse, not better, health care for Americans than our current healthcare program.
Statement of Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund in Response to CBO Score for Senate Health bill This is no joke. The Congressional Budget Office’s report only makes it clearer that the Senate health bill will not result in better health care for Americans.
Letter to Senators on the Innovation for Healthier Americans Bills We respectfully urge you to not advance the Senate’s Innovation for Healthier Americans bills or the House’s 21st Century Cures Act during the lame duck session of Congress. While the House version of the legislation provides additional funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), both the House and the Senate versions contain more controversial measures which would lower safety and approval standards for drugs and medical devices at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
What would impact of 21st Century Cures Act be on cancer and your healthcare costs? A controversial proposed new health law would have had a terrible impact on the lives of Alzheimer’s patients, who would have been more likely to develop skin cancer and at the same time had no benefit to their memory.
Statement of Dr Diana Zuckerman: regarding the introduction of The Prescription Drug Affordability Act of 2015 September 10, 2015. We applaud Sen. Sanders and Sen. Cummings’ bill.
August 24, 2015 Letter to the FDA about ads for “natural” tobacco As a member of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund recently signed on to a letter to the FDA regarding advertising of “natural” tobacco.
Letter to Secretary of Department of Health regarding application of new Tobacco Control Act January 29, 2015 The Honorable Sylvia M. Burwell Secretary Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20201   Dear Secretary Burwell: We are writing to affirm the public health importance of applying the new product provisions of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) to products … Continue reading Letter to Secretary of Department of Health regarding application of new Tobacco Control Act
Chantix citizen petition October 8, 2014. Five leading nonprofit consumer, research and medical organizations identified below petition the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pursuant to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act 21 USC 352, 505(o)(4), and 21 CFR 10.30 to take action to improve the safety information included in the label for CHANTIX® (varenicline) tablets , a smoking cessation aid approved under NDA 021-928.
Sign on letter to Senator Nelson on child nicotine poisoning August 11, 2014. On behalf of organizations dedicated to improving the health and safety of children, we write to express our support for the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2014. This legislation recognizes the danger that liquid nicotine used to refill electronic cigarettes poses to small children and gives the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) the authority to require the use of child-proof packaging on liquid nicotine containers sold to consumers.
Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund joins more than 3 dozen groups in supporting bills that ban hormone chemicals from food and beverage cans Read the text of the letter, signed by dozens of health and cancer related organizations, below: July 9, 2014 The Honorable Lois Capps 2231 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Grace Meng 1317 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representative Capps and Representative Meng, The undersigned organizations are pleased to … Continue reading Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund joins more than 3 dozen groups in supporting bills that ban hormone chemicals from food and beverage cans
Members of the Patient, Consumer, and Public Health Coalition strongly support the Research for All Act of 2014 To view as a PDF, click here. June 5, 2014 The Honorable Jim Cooper 1536 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515 Re: Members of the Patient, Consumer, and Public Health Coalition strongly support the Research for All Act of 2014. Dear Congressman Cooper, As members of the Patient, Consumer, and Public Health Coalition, we strongly support the Research for … Continue reading Members of the Patient, Consumer, and Public Health Coalition strongly support the Research for All Act of 2014
Letter to House Appopriations Chairman and Ranking Member on opposition to cigar exemption To view as a PDF, click here. May 27, 2014 The Honorable Harold Rogers Chairman Committee on Appropriations United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Nita Lowey Ranking Member Committee on Appropriations United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Lowey: We are writing to express our … Continue reading Letter to House Appopriations Chairman and Ranking Member on opposition to cigar exemption
Coalition letter to FDA Commissioner about approving Cobas HPV test alone (without pap smear) and FDA response April 14, 2014. We are writing as members of the Patient, Consumer, and Public Health Coalition and other interested experts to express our grave concerns about the March 12, 2014 FDA meeting of the Microbiology Medical Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee. Under consideration was the premarket approval of a new indication for the Cobas HPV test, as a first-line primary screening tool for cervical cancer in women aged 25 and older.
Letter to Director, Center for Tobacco Products FDA Michell Zeller on tobacco product regulation March 27, 2014. The Surgeon General’s conclusion that the increased risk of lung cancer to smokers is due to changes in cigarette design and composition has critical implications for FDA’s regulation of tobacco products.
Letter to The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius on comprehensive cessation benefit To view letter, click here. February 19, 2014 The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 120F Washington, DC 20201 Dear Secretary Sebelius: We are writing to ask your Department to clearly define a comprehensive tobacco cessation benefit in the Affordable Care Act regulations or, … Continue reading Letter to The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius on comprehensive cessation benefit
Open letter to America’s retailers, especially those with pharmacies from leading public health and medical organizations As organizations committed to ending the tobacco epidemic in the United States, we applaud the bold decision by CVS Caremark to eliminate the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in all its stores.
Comments of the Patient, Consumer, and Public Health Coalition on HELP Committee’s Draft Proposal on Pharmaceutical Compounding The Patient, Consumer, and Public Health Coalition expressed concern that the draft does not adequately address the public health threats posed by compounding pharmacies and will not do enough to prevent future health care crises and offers a number of suggested revisions.
Letter to Representative Markey in Support of Legislation that would give FDA Authority to Oversee Compounding Pharmacies, October 31, 2012 This letter expresses support for Massachusetts Representative Ed Markey’s proposed legislation that would give the FDA more authority over compounding pharmacies.
Letter to Senator Patrick Leahy, in support of the Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water Consolidated Document, August 31, 2012 The Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund thanks Senator Patrick J. Leahy for his leadership regarding the Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water Consolidated Document Repository. The contamination of drinking water at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base is an unprecedented environmental disaster affecting the courageous men and women of our military.
Letter to Dr. Margaret Hamburg, FDA Commissioner, about Maintaining and Strengthening Conflict of Interest Policies for Advisory Committees In this letter to FDA Commissioner, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, NRC and other coalition members advocate for stronger conflict of interest requirements for members of FDA advisory committees to protect patients and consumers against industry biases.
Report: Medical Devices Lack Evidence of Safety and Effectiveness July 29, 2011. The prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report on the Food and Drug Administration’s 510(k) medical device clearance process stating the system is “flawed” and should be revised. The report echoes the National Research Center for Women & Families’ concerns about the lack of evidence that these devises actually work and are safe.
Letter to Maine House of Representatives on the Children’s Wireless Protection Act February 26, 2010. We strongly support the “Children’s Wireless Protection Act.” This legislation would require cell phones sold in Maine to include a prominent warning label on the phone and its packaging stating that the device may cause brain cancer, that children and pregnant women should be particularly cautious, and that people should keep the phones away from their heads and bodies.
Statement by Diana Zuckerman on Maryland’s Senate Bill 213 "Child Care Articles and Toys Containing Bisphenol-A Prohibition," February 17, 2010 The Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund strongly supports Senate Bill 213, which will help to ensure that Maryland’s children are better protected from the adverse health effects of BPA.

Letter to Hon. Andrea M. Boland, Maine House of Representatives, in support of “Children’s Wireless Protection Act,” February 1, 2010 The Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund of the National Research Center for Women & Families strongly supports your pioneering, proactive legislation. The “Children’s Wireless Protection Act” would help protect the health of Maine residents by making the state the first to require warning labels that radiation from cell phones may cause brain cancer.
Statement of Dr. Diana Zuckerman before the DC Committee on Government Operations and the Environment regarding bisphenol A and phthalates, January 20, 2010 The Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund of the National Research Center for Women & Families strongly supports Bill 18-521, the “Human and Environmental Health Protection Amendment Act of 2009,” which will help to ensure that children and residents of the District of Columbia are better protected from the adverse health affects of a variety of chemicals.
Patient and Consumer Coalition Letter to Congressional Leaders, January 8, 2010 January 8, 2010. The Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund/National Research Center for Women & Families, as part of the Patient and Consumer Coalition, urges that the House language on comparative effectiveness research be included when the House and Senate health care bills are reconciled. The House language places the center for comparative effectiveness research in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to minimize industry conflicts-of-interests and ensure scientific objectivity. This will benefit patients by reducing the use of ineffective and potentially dangerous treatments and medical tests.
Patient and Consumer Coalition letter to Congressional leaders, March 18, 2009 March 18, 2009. The Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund/National Research Center for Women & Families, as part of the Patient and Consumer Coalition, strongly supports H.R. 1523, the “Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2009,” which will remove Bisphenol A (BPA) from food and beverage containers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found BPA in more than 90 percent of Americans tested for the chemical, and BPA is linked to numerous adverse health effects. We are particularly concerned about BPA’s effects on pregnant women. Scientists have reported that BPA adversely affects the health of fetuses (along with infants and children) at currently exposed levels. We are also gravely concerned about BPA’s effect on chemotherapy patients, especially those with breast cancer.