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News Release
5/23/2013
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross patients with HIV/AIDS may “opt-out” of a program that would have required them to obtain their medications by mail order under a settlement announced today by Consumer Watchdog and Whatley Kallas LLC.   The lawsuit, filed in January in San Diego Superior Court, alleged that Blue Cross...
News Story
5/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
HIV/AIDS patients covered by Anthem Blue Cross insurance won a legal settlement today allowing them to get their medicines at a pharmacy rather than by mail. Attorney Harvey Rosenfield of Consumer Watchdog said HIV /AIDS patients often need to consult with their pharmacists about their drug regimen. In addition, he said, receiving drugs through...
News Story
3/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A former meth user who was convicted on federal criminal charges for drug dealing will be treating California patients again within a year under an agreement recently announced by the California Medical Board. Pilots, lawyers or professional athletes would have lost their jobs for life. California's physician-controlled medical board, however...
News Story
8/16/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
One man's case illustrates the problem: His medicine to treat Crohn's disease runs the hospital about $6,300 per dose. But the bill he gets is for $38,000. It's bad enough that her son has a chronic disease that can send him to the emergency room when the pain becomes unbearable. But Susan Kenyon is also grappling with wildly...
Video
8/4/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog's Jerry Flanagan discusses the anticipated 20% - 80% reduction in price for several name-brand drugs whose patents will expire in the next few months.
News Release
11/23/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
CONTACT: Jeff Chester, Center for digital Democracy, jeff@democraticmedia.org, 202-494-7100; Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG, edm@pirg.org, 202-546-9707, ext .314; Pam Dixon, World Privacy Forum, pdixon@worldprivacyforum.org, 760-470-2000; John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog, john@consumerwatchdog.org, 310-392-7041 Washington, DC -- In a complaint...
News Story
11/23/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
QualityHealth is a popular health Web site with more than 20 million registered users that offers online medical information and e-mail newsletters on a variety of topics, including diabetes, allergies, asthma and arthritis. But according to a complaint filed Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission, site visitors who provide personal details...
News Story
11/23/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
A coalition of privacy groups and other advocates are asking the Federal Trade Commission to probe whether online health marketers engage in deceptive practices by tracking users across the Web in order to serve them targeted ads. "Digital marketing raises many distinct consumer protection and privacy issues, including an overall lack of...
News Story
11/23/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Four public interest groups filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday urging the agency to investigate whether those offering online health information and services are engaging in unfair and deceptive advertising practices. In their complaint, the Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog, the U.S. Public Interest...
Success Story
11/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The 2004 presidential election provided a moment of clarity for many Americans about the high cost of prescription drugs. The issue infected the presidential debate between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry. So our consumer group chartered two private trains—dubbed the Rx Express—to take seniors to Canada to buy...