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News Story
9/15/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumers' ability to collect damages from drug makers over serious side effects is at stake in an upcoming ruling. Prescription drugs sometimes cause serious side effects. A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court expected this fall could radically alter consumers' ability to seek recourse from drug makers should they suffer harm. The case, called Wyeth...
Blog Post
8/28/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Suppose you made two drugs that did the same thing, but one sold for $60 a month and the other for $2,000.  Wouldn't you want to know if they were equally effective? Not if you're Genentech. Those folks would rather bury their heads in the sand and maximize their profits. Here's the deal:  Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is one of...
Blog Post
8/27/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Stanford University's decision to curtail drug and medical device company financing of its continuing medical education (CME) programs is a major step toward ensuring doctors practice medicine based on science, not marketing plans. In announcing the new policy medical school Dean Philip Pizzo said: “I want to be able to honor the public...
Archived Article
8/22/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
[Editor’s note: When 15-year-old Dawn Marie Esposito of Lincoln Park, N.J., was hospitalized with a head injury after a car accident, doctors assured her parents that it wasn’t potentially fatal. But days later, she suddenly and “inexplicably” died. It was only later, after seeking legal help, that they found out the likely...
News Story
7/6/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It took only an instant for 58-year-old Gailanne Reeh to go from the picture of health to death’s door. By chance, her doctor noticed a lump under her arm during a routine exam. It turned out to be advanced breast cancer. Soon she was having tests to reveal the extent of the cancer and hearing the grim results. The surgeon, she recalled,...
News Story
7/2/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Let's say you were recently diagnosed with a serious medical condition -- depression, for instance. Your doctor thinks medication is the way to go, but says it may take some experimentation to find the right drug. The first try: Paxil. For two weeks, you don't notice a difference. But then suddenly you can't sleep and you're suffering from...
News Story
6/23/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Doctors are supposed to prescribe tests and treatments that are medically necessary for their patients. Health insurers are expected to cover that care, while keeping inappropriate expenses in check. But what happens when that process breaks down and sick patients are left to fight for medical care? Each year, thousands of Californians find...
News Release
6/17/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog Hails Assembly Push Against Sale of Patients' Prescription Information to Marketers; "Big Pharma's Lobbying Steamroller Is Out of Gas," Says Advocate. Sacramento, CA -- A bill allowing marketers hired by drug companies to secretly access patient prescription drug records failed to get a single ‘yes’ in a key...
News Story
6/16/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
As of today, your pharmacist is not allowed to share your prescription information for marketing purposes. That would change if Senate Bill 1096 is passed into law. As with most efforts by commercial interests to undermine state privacy laws, this is being advertised as an attempt to help you. Don't buy it. SB1096, authored by Sen. Ron Calderon, D...
News Story
6/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Two proposals by state officials would weaken the security surrounding prescription records. Medical records often contain excruciatingly revealing personal information, and yet they're also surprisingly vulnerable. According to Pam Dixon of the World Privacy Forum, there are about 250,000 cases of medical identity theft every year, many of them...