ASHES

  


Advocating Safety in Healthcare, E-Sisters

Our Work

On November 15, 2018, Holly Ennis and Amanda Dykeman had the opportunity to present at a public meeting sponsored by the FDA's Patient Advisory Committee.  The meeting was to establish dialogue between the FDA, Industry and Patients regarding how the FDA can utilize patient driven platforms and social media to better engage patients and to assist the FDA in analyzing real world data.


We were able to present arguments that social media platforms such as Facebook, can provide relevant and reliable real world data more timely to the FDA,  which may ultimately affect decisions such as whether to require updated labeling, additional post-market studies or even to recall a device. We advised that patient support groups, such as the Essure Problems Facebook Group, can be a virtual 'goldmine' of information quickly, as opposed to solely relying on years of MAUDE reports. 

 I am proud to say that the Essure Problems Group was also mentioned  and used as examples by at least two other non-related speakers, heralding the                                                                                                                              achievements of the group in creating both awareness and advocacy. 
                                                                                                                           ~Holly Ennis
Holly and Amanda are at the 4 hour mark.

November 1, 2018

Lisa Saenz


It was such an honor and privilege to be invited to Medshadow Foundation’s first event. They are an organization advocating and educating the public on medication side effects. ASHES was invited to present on Medical Device Safety.
I was able to show through PowerPoint the amazing work the ASHES team is doing to bring awareness to medical device side effects. The audience consisted of doctors, medical professionals and students. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, was also in attendance and gave an amazing speech. She took the time to talk with me about MDSA H.R.2164 and is interested in learning more about what ASHES is doing.
It was apparent everyone who attended has the same goal in mind, patient safety. Medical device safety and medication side effect awareness is essential in today’s environment. The other presenter’s discussed their practices of holistic treatment and concerns with the current culture of medication treatment versus problem focused.