April 15, 2002

Food and Drug Administration

Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (HFA-305)

ATTN: Jenny Butler

5630 Fishers Lane

Rockville, MD 20857

Dear Ms. Butler:


For Release: Immediately

Contact: CDC Press Office (404) 639-3286


HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today released new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that show a 23 percent overall drop in bacterial foodborne illnesses since 1996. The data come from the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) and are published in the April 19 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).



After ordering A&A Medical Of Alpharetta, GA to recall all lots of its medical devices labeled as "Sterile" or "ethylene Oxide Processed," FDA is now going a step further by issuing an "urgent device recall" that asks customers to check their inventories and voluntarily destroy the recalled devices if they are found. FDA says "there is a reasonable probability" that use of the devices "would cause serious, adverse health consequences or death" because they may not have been sterilized. FDA tells customers that A&A may no longer be in operation.






April 15, 2002

Senator Tom Daschle

509 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington DC, 20510

Dear Senator Daschle:

We are a group of individuals and organizations representing older and disabled Americans with Medicare. First, we want to express our gratitude for your commitment to expanding Medicare to include a comprehensive prescription drug benefit. We urge you to pass legislation expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare Part B for everyone with Medicare. The prescription drug benefit should incorporate these key principles:


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