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Drugs and medical products have the ability to improve your health if they work, or seriously injure or kill you if they are dangerous. And companies that produce drugs and devices have a lot at stake when the government is evaluating whether a new product is safe to put out on the market. So why is Congress currently considering giving these  companies more influence over how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves drugs and medical devices?

According to new UCS analysis, these companies have spent $700 million dollars lobbying Congress. And Congress seems to be blind to the human costs of the FDA’s decisions—that’s why they need to hear about Gwen and her mother, Maxine.

Maxine suffered several strokes after taking Vioxx for arthritis pain—cutting short the active retirement Maxine shared with her husband, Eugene, after decades working a Nebraska family farm. Maxine moved into a nursing home, where she lived out the rest of her life. Eugene, unable to keep up the house by himself, moved into an assisted living facility. Maxine’s many grandchildren were deprived of her love. And Gwen no longer has the mother she was used to confiding in.

Please use the links below to share Maxine's story with your senators on Facebook and Twitter—make a public statement to Congress and your friends and family that we need a strong and independent FDA to protect public health. You can also send the same message by calling the Captiol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and requesting your senator's office.

Alabama

Go to Senator Jeff Sessions’ Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Sessions.

Go to Senator Richard Shelby’s Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Shelby.

Alaska

Go to Senator Mark Begich’s Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Begich.

Go to Senator Lisa Murkowski's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Murkowski. 

Arizona

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Jon Kyl.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator John McCain.

Arkansas

Go to Senator John Boozman’s Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Boozman.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Mark Pryor. 

California

Go to Senator Barbara Boxer’s Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Boxer.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Colorado

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Michael Bennet.

Go to Senator Mark Udall's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Udall.

Connecticutt

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Richard Blumenthal.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Joseph Lieberman.

Delaware

Go to Senator Thomas Carper's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Carper.

Go to Senator Coons's acebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Coons.

Florida

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Bill Nelson.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Marco Rubio.

Georgia

Go to Senator Saxby Chambliss's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories.

Go to Senator Johnny Isakson’s web page and send him a message with the link http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories.

Hawaii

Go to Senator Daniel Akaka's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Akaka.

Go to Senator Inouye's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Inouye.

Idaho

Go to Senator Mike Crapo's web page and send him a message with the link http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories.

Go to Senator James Risch's web page and send him a message with the link http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories.

Illinois

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Richard Durbin.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Mark Kirk.

Indiana

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Daniel Coats.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Richard Lugar.

Iowa

Go to Senator Chuck Grassley's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Grassley.

Go to Senator Tom Harkin’s Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Harkin.

Kansas

Go to Senator Jerry Moran's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Moran.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Pat Roberts.

Kentucky

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Mitch McConnell.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Rand Paul.

Louisiana

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Mary Landrieu.

Go to Senator David Vitter's web page and send him a message with the link http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories.

Maine

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Susan Collins.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Olympia Snowe.

Maryland

Go to Senator Benjamin Cardin’s Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Cardin.

Go to Senator Barbara Mikulski's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Mikulski.

Massachusetts

Go to Senator Scott Brown's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Brown.

Go to Senator John Kerry's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Kerry.

Michigan

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Carl Levin.

Go to Senator Debbie Stabenow's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Stabenow.

Minnesota

Go to Senator Al Franken’s web page and send him a message with the link http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories.

Go to Senator Amy Klobuchar’s web page and send her a message with the link http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories.

Mississippi

Go to Senator Thad Cochran's web page and send him a message with the link http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories.

Go to Senator Roger Wicker's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Wicker.

Missouri

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Roy Blunt.

Go to Senator Claire McCaskill's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator McCaskill.

Montana

Go to Senator Max Baucus's web page and send him a message with the link http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories.

Go to Senator Jon Tester's web page and send him a message with the link http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories.

Nebraska

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Mike Johanns.

Go to Senator Ben Nelson's web page and send him a message with the link http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories.

Nevada

Go to Senator Dean Heller’s Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Heller.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Harry Reid.

New Hampshire

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Kelly Ayotte.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

New Jersey

Go to Senator Frank Lautenberg’s Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Robert Menendez.

New Mexico

Go to Senator Jeff Bingaman's web page and send him a message with the link http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Tom Udall.

New York

Go to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Gillibrand.

Go to Senator Charles Schumer's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Schumer.

North Carolina

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Richard Burr.

Click here to weet Maxine’s story to Senator Kay Hagan.

North Dakota

Go to Senator Kent Conrad's web page and send him a message with the link http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories.

Go to Senator John Hoeven's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories .

Ohio

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Sherrod Brown.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Rob Portman.

Oklahoma

Go to Senator Tom Coburn's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Coburn.

Go to Senator James Inhofe's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories .

Oregon

Go to Senator Jeff Merkley's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Merkley.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Ron Wyden.

Pennsylvania

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Robert Casey.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Patrick Toomey.

Rhode Island

Go to Senator Jack Reed's web page and send him a message with the link http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories.

Go to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Whitehouse.

South Carolina

Go to Senator Jim DeMint's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator DeMint.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Lindsey Graham.

South Dakota

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Tim Johnson.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator John Thune.

Tennessee

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Lamar Alexander.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Bob Corker.

Texas

Go to Senator John Cornyn’s Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Cornyn.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

Utah

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Orrin Hatch.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Mike Lee.

Vermont

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Patrick Leahy.

Go to Senator Bernard Sanders' Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Sanders.

Virginia

Go to Senator Mark Warner’s Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Warner.

Go to Senator Jim Webb's web page and send him a message with the link http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories.

Washington

Go to Senator Maria Cantwell's web page and send her a message with the link http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Patty Murray.

West Virginia

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Joe Manchin III.

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator John Rockefeller IV.

Wisconsin

Click here to tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Ron Johnson.

Go to Senator Herb Kohl's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories.

Wyoming

Go to Senator John Barrasso's Facebook page and post a link to Maxine's story at http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories or tweet Maxine’s story to Senator Barasso.

Go to Senator Michael Enzi's web page and send him a message with the link http://ucsusa.org/FDAstories.

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