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Feature
8/15/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
FTCR organized two three-day "Rx Express" train trips to Canada promoting prescription drug bulk purchasing which resulted in 300 television appearances with a cumulative Nielsen audience of 65 million viewers, as well as 60 newspaper articles and more than 100 radio interviews. Watch a short documentary about the experiences of the Rx...
Blog Post
5/24/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Arnold's promises to voters - to stand up to special interests - and the precedent he sets for legislators, whom he targeted in the recall campaign as beholden to special interest spending, require him to prove that he's not addicted to drug company contributions by giving back the 325K+ he's received. Assembly Members who have themselves taken a...
Blog Post
4/13/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The "Collectinator" has done a far better job of collecting campaign cash for himself from pharmaceutical companies - over $290,000 in checks cashed - than he has collecting money reportedly owed California taxpayers by pharmaceutical giants (known collectively as Big Pharma). A recent Bush Administration audit found that California...
News Story
5/1/2002
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Swallow This: How Drug Makers Use Pharmacies To Push Pricey Pills -- Drugstores Are Paid to Tout Refills, New Alternatives To Prescription Customers -- Suits Allege Privacy Violations Teresa Hohu received a letter from Longs Drug Stores Co. in January suggesting that she switch from her daily Fosamax  pill for osteoporosis to a new weekly...
News Story
5/3/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Two years after Elensys Care Services Inc. ran into an explosion of disapproval over its use of pharmacies' confidential prescription records, the Massachusetts database-management company has taken an unusual approach to public relations. It went away. Without issuing a news release, Elensys dropped its old name and, in state documents filed last...
News Story
2/23/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
First Giant Food Inc. and then CVS Corp. last week terminated agreements with a Massachusetts marketing firm, Elensys Inc., to mail reminders to customers to refill their prescriptions. The decision to end the agreements is a small but important victory for consumers in the struggle to balance an individual's right to privacy with advances in...
News Story
2/19/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
CVS Corp. yesterday cut its ties to a Massachusetts marketing firm that reminds customers to refill prescriptions, saying customers complained that the arrangement might erode the confidentiality of their medical information. The announcement followed Giant Food Inc.'s announcement it would no longer send customer information to Elensys Inc. of...
News Story
2/18/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In response to a deluge of complaints, Giant Food Inc. announced it will no longer send prescription information to a Massachusetts marketing company that tracks customers who don't refill prescriptions. "The agreement we signed with the company had extensive safeguards to protect our customers' privacy," said a letter from Giant...
News Story
2/18/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Does the average person mind when, after having a prescription filled at the pharmacist, he or she starts getting related junk mail from drug companies to which the pharmacy has passed along his or her name, address and medical condition? Are such customers likely to be pleased at the convenience -- as the pioneers of this new form of medical...
News Story
2/15/1998
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Using technology in a new way to market drugs, CVS Corp. and Giant Food Inc. are sending confidential prescription information to a Massachusetts company that tracks customers who don't refill prescriptions, a practice that some experts say raises new questions about medical privacy. The company, a computer database marketing specialist, uses the...