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News Release
11/23/2010
CONTACT See below
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...
Blog Post
12/29/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
Health insurers, hospitals and even some state-level doctor groups are gearing up for the next battle against reform, in state capitols. So, just as insurance companies used your ever-rising premium dollars to coerce their employees into lobbying against a public option and a Medicare expansion, they'll spend lavishly in the states to stop...
Blog Post
12/16/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
This sizzling editorial (two words you can't often use together) in the New York Times lays out the damage Sen. Joe Lieberman has singlehandedly done to health reform. It's the best argument you could find for following the call of my colleague, Jamie Court, to dump the Senate's 60-vote "filibuster rule" that lets industry mouthpieces...
News Release
12/15/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912; or Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The failure of the U.S. Senate to allow importation of prescription drugs to cut costs, much less the more effective direct bulk purchasing of prescription drugs, is just the latest example of how big industry controls the health reform debate, according to Consumer Watchdog. "The proposed drug amendment by Senator Dorgan...
Blog Post
9/1/2009
Posted by Jamie Court
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 Carmen Balber
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 Judy Dugan
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 (...
Blog Post
3/18/2009
Posted by Jamie Court
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 Jamie Court
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 Jamie Court
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...