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    Prescription Drug Safety

    Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Andrew C. von Eschenbach talked about efforts to balance drug safety, risk, benefit, and access in the prescription drug approval process. He also…

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    Medicare Discount Drug Cards

    Panelists spoke about the recently introduced Medicare discount drug plan. The plan has met with criticisms about its benefits and complexity. The panelists also responded to audience…

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    Patient-Based Organizations in Medical Research

    Mr. Varmus talked about the importance of research at the National Institutes of Health and proposed that greater interaction between the scientific community and patient advocacy groups…

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    The FDA: Its Mission for the New Millennium

    Ms. Henney outlined the priorities of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the immediate future. She said that the top priority was passage of the FDA Modernization Act, followed by…

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    Priorities and Challenges for Disease Control

    Mr. Koplan talked about the priorities of the Centers for Disease Control. Among the priorities were strengthening science for public health action, national and international cooperation…

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    Medicare and Medicaid after Balanced Budget

    Ms. DeParle talked about the future of Medicare and Medicaid. She focused on the impact of the balanced budget agreement of last year and offered solutions to ensure their solvency.…

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    Health Research Funding and Priorities

    Mr. Varmus spoke about the funding and priorities for the National Institutes of Health. He outlined how the organization could continue to meet its goals of continuing medical research in…

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    Future of Health Care Legislation

    Senator Wellstone spoke about the future of health care reform, focusing on prospects for it in the 104th Congress. After his remarks, he took questions from the audience.

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    U.S. Child Health and Education Concerns

    Surgeon General Koop spoke to medical personnel on the relationship between child health and education, stressing the need for adequate nutrition in America’s schoolchildren to enable their…

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    Health System Reform by the Year 2000?

    Senator Kennedy addressed the current problems of the health care system, and the major federal reforms that are required to sufficiently address the growing inadequacies of the system which hurts the…

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    Public and Private Health Care System Reform

    Dr. Myers talked about the private and public health care issues facing the United States, particularly poor, urban citizens. His remarks focused a case study which illustrated the problems…

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