Hadassah

Hadassah Calls for Improvements, Careful Review of 21st Century Cures

Tuesday, Nov 29 2016

MEDIA INQUIRES CONTACT:
Renee Young, National Public Relations
ryoung@hadassah.org
(212) 303- 8140

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 29, 2016 - NEW YORK — Last week, congressional leadership revived negotiations for the 21st Century Cures and Innovation for Healthier Americans legislation, which lack crucial provisions to protect female patients. The House is expected to hold limited debate and a vote, without opportunity for amendments, later this week. Ellen Hershkin, National President of Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. released the following statement, calling for improvements and a thorough congressional review process.

Hadassah is a proud endorser of the Research for All Act (H.R. 2101) and we are extremely disappointed that key provisions from that legislation were not included in 21st Century Cures. Women and men often present different symptoms for the same diseases and react differently to certain drugs, medical devices, and treatments — putting women at risk for misdiagnoses, ineffective treatments and compromised care.

While 21st Century Cures Act does include important measures to promote inclusion and analysis of female animals, tissues and cells in NIH-funded research, the bill lacks essential protections for the adequate inclusion of women in FDA-reviewed clinical trials. This is especially necessary given the bill’s emphasis on expedited development and review of medical products.

Hadassah urges the House to add the Research for All Act as an amendment to 21st Century Cures. The FDA would be required to ensure that products granted expedited approval still include adequate subgroup analysis and guarantee product safety and effectiveness for women and men. Including this amendment would also enhance the representation of females in NIH-funded research by mandating new and consistent reporting.

For over 100 years, Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. has supported cutting-edge medical care and pioneering medical research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. We understand, first-hand, how investments in scientific innovation can lead to life-saving treatments and cures. In Israel and here in the U.S., we are also dedicated to ensuring that medical research benefits both women and men.

Any policy to improve the health and well-being of the American people should be constructed and evaluated with the same attention and care we demand of our medical professionals. Members of Congress must take the time necessary to assess the full 21st Century Cures legislation, currently at 966 pages long, and protect patient safety — especially for women.

Through the Day in the District program, Hadassah members nationwide have met locally with over 25 legislators to advocate for the Research for All Act — helping to secure 6 additional cosponsors for the legislation.

###

Hadassah is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With 330,000 members, associates and supporters across the country, Hadassah brings Jewish women together to effect change and advocate on criticalissues such as medical care and research, women's empowerment, and the security of Israel. Through the Hadassah Medical Organization's (HMO) two hospitals, the world-renowned trauma center and the leading research facility in Jerusalem, Hadassah supports the delivery of exemplary patient care to over a million people every year. HMO serves without regard to race, religion or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize Nomination in 2005 for building “bridges to peace” through equality in medical treatment. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.

Comments

No comments yet.
First Name
Email
Comment
Enter this word:

Related Stories

alt_text

Thursday, Jun 14 2018

Hadassah Researchers Crack the Mystery of First Pregnancy Fragility

Why do subsequent pregnancies tend to be less fragile than the first? A study by Hadassah Medical Organization physician/researchers reveals that “natural killer cells,” renowned for being able to destroy tumors, also produce helpful proteins in the uterus.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Tuesday, Jun 12 2018

At the Mikvah, Hadassah Helps Advance Women’s Health

This time Member of Knesset (MK) and former nurse Shuli Mualem got personal: “I don’t often get the opportunity to speak about my time defeating breast cancer, but I feel privileged to share my experience here, among women active in their communities, at this conference that joins the medical and the ritual.”

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Thursday, May 31 2018

Julie Benbenishty: Bridging the Geographical Divide in Nursing Care

Julie Benbenishty, Nurse Coordinator of the Hadassah Medical Organization’s Trauma Unit, was concerned about continuity of care when her patients from the West Bank and Gaza left Hadassah. “The minute they returned home,” she relates, “I had no one to be in touch with about follow-up care.”

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Friday, May 25 2018

Rep. Raul Ruiz Joins Hadassah To Advocate for Women's Health Equity on May 16 in Washington

May 18, 2018 - Washington, DC — Yesterday, 300 women gathered at the Second Annual Women’s Health Empowerment Summit in Washington — an event convened by Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), in conjunction with the 28-member Coalition for Women’s Health Equity during National Women’s Health Week.

READ MORE ›

Donation Questions

donorservices@hadassah.org

(800) 928-0685

Membership Questions

membership@hadassah.org

(800) 664-5646

Missions Department

missions@hadassah.org

(800) 237-1517

Contact Us

40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

support@hadassah.org

More ›

Show More