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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...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
David Mathis had a successful business career in the office machine industry in Dallas-Ft. Worth. But toward the end of his career, the squeeze put on his company by megaliths like Office Depot forced it to close all its branches, fire everyone and offer them a franchise. David retired, moved to Florida 11 years ago to be near his son, and...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
When they retired a few years back, Gene and Betty Greenspan didn't worry excessively about medications. "It was a concern," says Gene, "but the issue of prescription drugs wasn't that paramount." But as they grew older, they found, as most seniors do, that they needed more medications. Gene developed hypertension, and the...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Ann Streaker is a 32 year-old, single mom living in Florida. Her child has medical coverage through the state's Kid Care program, but Ann has had no medical insurance for herself for years. A contract employee and student, she simply can't afford it. It never has been easy, since she and her son moved to Florida from Ohio five years ago. But now...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Virginia Neill "broke down early in life," as she puts it, but never knuckled under to misfortune. Attacked at the age of 29 by an autoimmune condition known as alopecia universalis, she nonetheless raised two children and continued to work. Her kids both are in their last year of college. Virginia, now 52, is an artist-businesswoman-...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Sheila Franklin survived the barrage of hurricanes that battered Ft. Lauderdale this fall. Her house is standing, and she is all right. Now she is going back to face a different, yet equally treacherous foe: the health care industry and its callous disregard for American citizens, especially older citizens. Sheila, 62, is in that no-man's land for...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Catherine Mulholland is a one-time Washington Post reporter who has been free-lancing for decades and currently writes romance novels. Her latest is a historical work about the Choctaws. She has had an interesting life, raising a family and writing. Her health coverage was "pretty good" with Medicare. It was adequate when she had open...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
During their working years, Nellie and David McGovern's health care was taken care of. Nellie was an R.N. and David worked as a pipe fitter at a paper company. They were covered through Dave's work. Both were healthy. As they grew older however, problems developed. David, now 78, had a heart attack in 1995 and needs Pravacal. Nellie, 74, has had...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Joe Shannon's COBRA coverage ran out in August of this year, and he has not bought the brand name prescription drugs he needs, because he has no coverage for brand names. He is still using the medications he had prior to Aug. 11 - osteo-type medications and pain medication for his artificial hips. His wife, Joyce, takes roughly a dozen medications...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Consumer Watchdog
Marion Hicks was for many years a hospital chaplain in Atlanta, Ga., working the night shift. Two years ago, she left to join her sister, June Preston, in Douglasville, PA. June had been an office manager. The sisters are getting by in retirement, except when it comes to health care. "If we didn't have to have all these expensive medicines,...