Medical Safety

America’s doctors and healthcare facilities offer health products, therapies and treatments that were unimaginable 50 years ago. The development and use of biologics such as blood products, vaccines and gene therapies has exploded in recent years, providing hope and relief for patients when no other medical treatments are available. We should be able to trust the pharmaceuticals, medical devices and the hospitals we visit to improve and save our lives.

The Pew Health Group works to protect the public by advancing solutions to ensure the safety of medical products and services. Our initiatives, including established programs on prescription drug safety and the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms, increase both government and corporate accountability. Our campaigns carefully assess health risks, promote safe practices, and strengthen federal and state laws and regulations. The work is grounded on sound science and the realistic evaluation of the policy environment to promote reform.

  • Genetics and Public Policy Center

    Our initiatives, including programs on prescription drug safety and the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms, work to protect Americans by advancing solutions to ensure the safety and effectiveness of medical products and services.
  • Pandemic Planning

    The Pandemic Preparedness Initiative worked to ensure that decision-makers in the public and private sectors are taking appropriate steps to protect the public and the economy from a potential pandemic.

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