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Blog Post
9/1/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
If the City of Los Angeles can put a prescription drug bulk purchasing card in the hands of every resident, why can't the United States of America? That's the question I asked myself at the press conference announcing "LA Rx." The ferocious Station fire bearing down on Los Angeles's communication towers atop Mount Wilson diminished the...
Blog Post
8/26/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A quiet recess week in Washington turned somber this morning with the news that Senator Ted Kennedy passed away late last night after a year-long battle with brain cancer. I can’t claim to have known Senator Kennedy, but the one time I did meet him it was in the course of what he called the “cause of my life” -- his fight to make...
Blog Post
8/25/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The drug companies' argument against letting government bargain for bulk prices on prescription drugs is so familiar that even talk radio hosts know it by heart: If the U.S. cuts drug prices (like Europe has), the great American engine of pharmaceutical research will put on the brakes. That's why a new study by the Health Affairs journal (...
News Story
5/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Obama’s campaign to cut health costs by $2 trillion over the next decade, announced with fanfare two weeks ago, may have hit another snag: the nation’s antitrust laws. Antitrust lawyers say doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and drug makers will be running huge legal risks if they get together and...
News Story
4/26/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
One doctor traded prescriptions for sex. A pharmacist illegally popped pain pills while filling prescriptions. And a dentist huffed nitrous oxide until he lost the feeling in his fingers. They are among 46 doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dentists practicing in this area with records marred by substance abuse and, in some cases, criminal...
News Story
4/17/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When the Food and Drug Administration sent letters to 14 major pharmaceutical companies late last month, the warning was strong. The companies’ search advertisements — the short text ads that run beside Google results — had to start including risk information about each drug or else be rewritten or removed. Just how the companies...
Blog Post
3/18/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A newspaper reporter just called to ask about the state of privacy under electronic medical records, which will now be spreading thanks to $20 billion in the federal economic stimulus plan.  Electronic medical records can help avoid medical mistakes, like those suffered by Dennis Quaid's newborn twins, but the privacy protections under the...
Blog Post
3/4/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When Dennis Quaid went to Congress last year to testify about a threatening Supreme Court decision, it was hard to imagine the Supremes might actually listen to why consumers should able to sue drug companies over dangerous drugs when the FDA approved their labels.  The Court had already ruled consumers could not sue medical device...
Blog Post
10/31/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Internal FDA documents revealed by Congressman Henry Waxman show that "key FDA career officials strongly objected to Bush Administration drug labeling regulations that would preempt state liability lawsuits, asserting that the central justifications for the regulations were 'false and misleading' and warning that the changes would deprive...
News Story
9/24/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A bill that would have allowed pharmacies to sell patient prescription and medical information to third-party companies narrowly passed the California State Senate before failing in the State Assembly. The bill would have allowed companies including Adheris, Inc., the main business backer of the bill, access to patient medical records in order to...