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Applications Open: 2014 NPA Copello Health Advocacy Fellowship

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Director of Project Management August 29, 2014 at 5:20 PM

  We are proud to announce the continuation of the Copello Health Advocacy Fellowship into 2014. Since 2010, the NPA’s Copello Physician Leadership Summit provided a day-long leadership and media training to selected physicians from across the country. In 2013, we expanded our commitment to a year-long professional development with the Copello Health Advocacy Fellowship. […]

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FDA Draft Guidance on the Distribution of Risk Information by Pharmaceutical Companies Falls Short of Ensuring Patient Safety

Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media August 29, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Written by Jennifer Y. Seo, MD, JD The FDA has proposed a guidance directed at pharmaceutical companies regarding their distribution of published studies that include new information about the already-identified risks of approved prescription drugs. That is, the guidance addresses the distribution of studies that may contradict or mitigate the known risks of a drug. […]

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Antibiotics Resistance: A Growing Crisis Physicians Can Help Prevent

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Director of Project Management August 6, 2014 at 8:31 PM

  As concerns about bacterial resistance and “super bugs” like MRSA increase, and health professionals work to rein in the overuse of antibiotics in humans, the overuse of antibiotics in the production of food animals to promote growth and prevent illness in cramped, unsanitary living conditions is rampant and growing.  As physicians  we can talk […]

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Gun Violence – A Public Health Issue with Solutions

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Director of Project Management August 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Gun Violence Prevention The NPA views gun violence as a public health crisis, appropriately addressed through a preventive framework, and we support a comprehensive approach to this issue. Our policy recommendations include stronger regulation of guns; robust funding for research on gun violence; federal protection of clinical free speech; and improved access to and support […]

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Avoiding Conflict-of-Interest in Medicine: Grand Rounds, Leadership Development, Online CME

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Director of Project Management August 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM

The NPA is an outspoken leader in the fight to reduce financial conflicts of interest in medicine.  Founded with deep concern over the undue influence of the drug and device marketing in medical education, research, and clinical practice, the NPA is nearly unique among medical organizations in our refusal of funding from the pharmaceutical industry […]

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Help Break the Guns-Domestic Violence Connection

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Director of Project Management August 2, 2014 at 5:22 PM

On Wednesday, July 30th, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing that looked at the connection between firearms and domestic violence. Moving testimony was delivered by victims, along with shocking data from experts that clearly demonstrates the critical need for commonsense gun laws in our nation and in states across the country. American women are 11 […]

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NPA Condemns Appeals Court Ruling on Firearm Safety

Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media July 29, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Press Release Contact: Becky Martin, 202-420-7896, npa@npalliance.org Washington DC—July 29, 2014 The National Physicians Alliance (NPA) strongly opposes the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold a physician gag law that limits a physician’s ability to discuss gun safety with patients. “This is a very disturbing decision and we support the plaintiffs’ petition for […]

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Putting Patients First In Congress: A Lobbying Experience

Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media July 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Written by Keziah Sully, MD. Dr. Sully is a physical medicine and rehabilitation resident at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA and a member of the National Physicians Alliance FDA Task Force. On June 12th I had the opportunity to make legislative visits in our nation’s capital on behalf of the National Physicians Alliance […]

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We have lost a great voice in medicine: On the passing of Dr. Arnold Relman, June 18, 2014, on his 91st birthday

Posted by Simone Isadora Flynn, PhD, NPA Project Manager-Leveraging Social Media June 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Written by Lisa Plymate, MD, Co-Chair of the National Physicians Alliance FDA Task Force. Dr. Plymate practices primary care internal medicine and geriatrics in Seattle, Washington. Even though he had the fortune to live a full life of 91 years and we the great fortune of learning with him for many of those years, the […]

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Support CDC Research on Gun Violence

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Posted by Jim Scott, MD May 30, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Good News. NOT ONLY did the House pass the Thompson Amendment yesterday–increasing funding for states to submit additional records of prohibited firearm purchasers to the FBI ‘s National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS), BUT ALSO, on May 21, Senator Markey and Congresswoman Maloney introduced bicameral legislation that would fund $10 million each year from […]

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