men's health

4 petitions

Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Caddy McKeown, Jeff Merkley, Herman Baertschiger, Lee Beyer, Brian Boquist, Ginny Burdick, Peter Courtney, Alan DeBoer, Michael Dembrow, Richard Devlin, Ted Ferrioli, Lew Frederick, Sara Gelser, Fred Girod, Mark Hass, Betsy Johnson, Tim Knopp, Jeff Kruse, Dennis Linthicum, James Manning, Laurie Monnes Anderson, Rod Monroe, Alan Olsen, Floyd Prozanski, Chuck Riley, Arnie Roblan, Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Kathleen Taylor, Kim Thatcher, Chuck Thomsen, Jackie Winters, Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Angus King, Ben Cardin, Bernie Sanders, Bill Cassidy, Bill Nelson, Bob Corker, Catherine Cortez Masto, Chris Van Hollen, Chuck Grassley, Claire McCaskill, Cory Booker, Cory Gardner, David Perdue, Dean Heller, Deb Fischer, Debbie Stabenow, Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin, Elizabeth Warren, Gary Peters, Heidi Heitkamp, Jack Reed, James Lankford, Jeanne Shaheen, Jeff Flake, Jerry Moran, Joe Donnelly, Joe Manchin, John Barrasso, John Boozman, John Cornyn, John Hoeven, John McCain, John Kennedy, John Thune, Johnny Isakson, Jon Tester, Joni Ernst, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Lamar Alexander, Lindsey Graham, Lisa Murkowski, Luther Strange, Maggie Hassan, Marco Rubio, Maria Cantwell, Mark Warner, Martin Heinrich, Mazie Hirono, Michael Bennet, Mike Crapo, Mike Enzi, Mike Lee, Mike Rounds, Mitch McConnell, Orrin Hatch, Pat Roberts, Pat Toomey, Patrick Leahy, Patty Murray, Rand Paul, Richard Blumenthal, Richard Burr, Richard Shelby, Rob Portman, Roger Wicker, Ron Johnson, Roy Blunt, Sheldon Whitehouse, Shelley Capito, Sherrod Brown, Steve Daines, Susan Collins, Tammy Baldwin, Tammy Duckworth, Ted Cruz, Thad Cochran, Thom Tillis, Tim Kaine, Tim Scott, Todd Young, Tom Carper, Tom Cotton, Tom Udall, Janet Woodcock, M.D., Brian Schatz, Christopher Murphy, Daniel Sullivan, U.S. House of Representatives

Tell Congress to get Vasagel on the Market ASAP

Non-hormonal MALE birth control is now right around the corner! We need Congress and our FDA to hear this message: Prioritize human trials so Vasagel can become publicly available as soon as possible. WHAT IS THIS STUFF? Vasalgel is a polymer hydrogel that is injected into the vas deferens (the tube sperm swim through) and blocks sperm. WHY? Women have had dozens of options for birth control widely available for decades: many different pills, intrauterine devices, and dermal implants to name a few common ones. To control their own reproduction, men must abstain (not have sex), become permanently sterilized (Vasectomy), or use condoms - which are 85% effective when accounting for human error *sad face*. BUT THIS ---> Vasagel will provide men a safe, non-hormonal, reversible, long term option that is 99.99% effective. HOW DOES IT GET IN THERE? The quick procedure is similar to No-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV), except the doctor injects the vas deferens with gel, instead of cutting it. It is reversed by flushing a saline solution through the vas deferens. WHAT'S THE HOLD UP? Creating medications is complicated, costly, and there are a lot of steps involved. Right now, human trials are scheduled for 2018. We can do better than that! Vasagel has already tested effective, safe, and reversible in rabbits and rhesus monkeys. Humans are next!PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION, and then SHARE IT so others can both help get congress and the FDA the message, and also educate our leaders and the public about this option for male control. They need to hear our voice to help us make this happen faster than years from now! This petition is set up to communicate directly to every member of the US Congress. If we sign, they will hear us - and if they hear us they will help us. Please sign and Share.   BUT I HAVE QUESTIONS! The Vasagel website and Promethius Foundation have answers. Please visit their website at to learn everything there is to know about this exciting breakthrough. Once you have learned more, please come back to Sign and Share.   

Brandi Martindale
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Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Secretary of Health and Human Services, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States

Protest High Cancer Drug Prices so all Patients with Cancer have Access to Affordable Drugs to Save their Lives

A. Background• Cancer drug prices are increasing at an alarming rate (1), which is causing harm to patients. • Prices have increased more than tenfold (2) between 2000 (average price $5,000-$10,000 per year) and today (average price of new cancer drugs exceeds $120,000 per year). • The average price of cancer drugs is increasing by about $8,500 (3,4) a year. The average household income today for a family of four is $52,000, down 8% from a decade ago (5). • Even patients with insurance have out-of-pocket expenses of 20-25% (6). Since each American has a 1 of 3 lifetime chance of developing cancer, every one of us is at risk of being unable to pay for the prescription medicines that will control and cure our cancer.• This could force many families to decide whether to pay $25,000 a year for one cancer drug, about half the household income, or forgo the treatment to save the money for other necessities. • The high price of cancer drugs is causing harm (7) by shortening the lives of patients who cannot afford the treatment. This is an injustice (8) that creates differential treatment conditioned by financial status. B. PetitionWe request that our President, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), and all Members of the United States Congress, consider our petition and protest against high cancer drug prices by implementing the following strategies: 1) Allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices by removing all current legal restrictions. Allow Medicare to have the same right to negotiate drug prices as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs now enjoys; 2) Allow the importation of cancer drugs across U.S. borders, for personal use. Prices in Canada are sometimes close to fifty percent less than what we pay for the exact same cancer drugs in the United States; 3) Enact and sign into law, new federal legislation that prevents drug companies from delaying access to generic drugs (“Pay-for-Delay”) and extending the life of drug patents (Patent “Evergreening”); 4) Create a post FDA drug approval mechanism/organization/group/ concerned parties (that include the strong voice of patients and their advocates) to estimate/propose a fair price for the new treatment, based on its value to patients and health care; 5) Allow organizations such as the PCORI – the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (nonprofit, nongovernmental organization located in Washington, DC. created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) to include drug prices in their assessments of the value of drugs and treatments; 6) Request nonprofit organizations that represent cancer specialists and their patients - such as ASCO, ASH, ACS, LLS, and NCCN - develop guidelines to incorporate prices of drugs relative to treatment value. C. Conclusion• In the United States, all cancer patients must have immediate access to affordable prescription drugs in order to save their lives. • We believe the measures as outlined above, will allow market forces to work in favor of lower cancer drug prices. This will provide all cancer patients with equal access to the best treatments now available. • We believe the measures as outlined above, will be fair to both the cancer patient and to pharmaceutical companies. • This is Justice. References 1.     Kantarjian H, Rajkumar SV. Why Are Cancer Drugs So Expensive in the United States, and What Are the Solutions? Mayo Clin Proc. In Press 2/2015. 2.     Kantarjian H, Steensma D, Rius SJ, Elshaug A, Light D. High Cancer Drug Prices in the United States: Reasons and Proposed Solutions. J Oncol Pract. 2014; 10(4): 208-211. 3.     Howard D, Bach P, Berndt E, Conti R. Pricing in the Market for Anticancer Drugs. Journal of Economic Perspectives. 2015; 29(1): 139-162. 4.     Silverman E. High Prices for Cancer Drugs are set at Launch: “It’s Where the Action Is”. Wall Street Journal Pharmalot. January 21, 2015. Accessed online February 16, 2015. 5.     Household Income in the United States. Wikipedia. Accessed online February 26, 2015: 6.     Gould E. Increased Health Care Cost Sharing Works as Intended. It Burdens Patients Who Need Care the Most. Accessed online January 15, 2015: 7.     Kantarjian H. 119 Collaborator Experts in CML. The price of drugs for chronic myeloid (CML) is a reflection of the unsustainable prices of cancer drugs: from the perspective of a large group of CML experts. Blood. 2013; 12(22): 4439-4442. 8.     Kantarjian H. Relevance of the Hippocratic Oath in the 21st Century. The ASCO Post. October 2014; 5(16). Image courtesy of amenic181 at This image is for illustration purposes only, and a simulation of cancer medications and their high cost.

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