Genetics and Public Policy Center

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.

Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information,view the materials below, visit the Genetics & Public Policy Center Web site or visit the Genetics and Public Policy Center on


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