By Krystal Redman, DrPH, Executive Director
We have an urgent action request for you: contact your legislators today and let them know you strongly oppose Dr. Janet Woodcock for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner.
The FDA has granted more new drug approvals for breast cancer than for any other type of solid tumor, and the breast cancer community is far too familiar with the consequences of FDA leadership failing to protect our health. We know what happens when people living with breast cancer are exposed to expensive, experimental, and toxic treatments that are not ready to go to market or do not improve survival rates.
President Biden is expected to announce his nomination for a new FDA Commissioner at any moment. Dr. Janet Woodcock, the current acting Commissioner of the agency, is a potential candidate for the permanent role as head of the agency, and she is enthusiastically supported by many pharmaceutical companies. If she’s nominated, it will be difficult to stop her confirmation. We have to speak out and oppose Dr. Woodcock before her nomination, and here’s why:
Dr. Woodcock’s track record suggests that if she were to lead the FDA, she would favor industry interests over public health, undermine scientific evidence regarding the safety and efficacy of breast cancer drugs, and put patients at risk.
As the watchdog of the breast cancer movement, we will continue to hold the FDA accountable, no matter who is at the helm. But by taking action now, before Dr. Woodcock’s nomination, we can help to ensure the next leader of the FDA is not a candidate who is well-known for putting industry interest over the health and safety of patients and consumers.