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Today’s Hot Topics
7/31/2013

The Bill Press Show:  Today’s Hot Topics- Dave Sterrett is a guest on syndicated radio’s Bill Press Show with an advance look at the single-payer events on the Hill.   

Dirty Water Under the Bridge
7/31/2013

Fortworth Weekly: Dirty Water Under the Bridge- Tom “Smitty” Smith, Texas state director of the Public Citizen watchdog group, said there are a dozen bodies of water in Texas where the fish are so contaminated by mercury that health authorities warn against eating them. For 10 of those 12, he said, “the largest contributor [of mercury pollution] is a nearby coal plant.”

Checkered past of doctor recently charged in 4 killings fell through the cracks in Illinois
7/31/2013

Chicago Tribune: Checkered past of doctor recently charged in 4 killings fell through the cracks in Illinois- "This case of Dr. Garcia highlights all the reasons why the National Practitioner Data Bank should have enhanced legal authority to require all these residency programs to report," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, Founder of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a consumer and health advocacy organization. "Slipping through the cracks are people like Dr. Garcia."

‘Thousands of People Will Die Every Year’ Under Obamacare
7/31/2013

CNS News: Liberal Activist: ‘Thousands of People Will Die Every Year’ Under Obamacare- The only solution is to nationalize health care through a single-payer system, Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Public Citizen argued outside the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

Vitamins from LI tainted with anabolic steroids
7/31/2013

Newsday: Vitamins from LI tainted with anabolic steroids- Between 2008 and 2011, the FDA received 6,307 reports of health problems related to dietary supplements.Dr. Sidney Wolfe of the consumer watchdog organization Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said supplements should be regulated under the same rules for over-the-counter drugs.

Angus King bill hopes to cut excessive government regulations
7/31/2013

Portland Press Herald: Angus King bill hopes to cut excessive government regulations- “Reviewing rules to see if they need to be adjusted is a good idea in theory, but this bill sets up a process with a pre-determined outcome of eliminating public protections,” Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate at Public Citizen, said in a statement. “Any kind of oversight commission should have a much more balanced mission and be empowered to look for regulatory gaps – to help prevent the next contaminated food outbreak or oil spill.” 

Fulfilling the Promise of Medicare
7/31/2013

Huffington Post: Fulfilling the Promise of Medicare- Representative John Conyers represents Michigan's 13th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Robert Weissman serves as the President of Public Citizen.

The Most Dangerous Job in America?
7/30/2013

Outpatient Surgery: The Most Dangerous Job in America?- These findings, published in a recent report by the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit Public Citizen, highlight what the group sees as a shortfall in attention to the safety and health of the nation's professional caregivers.

It’s all about the money
7/29/2013

Community Word: It’s all about the money- According to Public Citizen, a progressive advocacy group, millions and millions of those dollars are being laundered through shadowy outside groups like Carl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, the Koch’s Affiliated for Prosperity, and that leading big business trade association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Pharmacists Group Lobbies Against Senate Compounding Bill
7/29/2013

Pharmalive: Pharmacists Group Lobbies Against Senate Compounding Bill- Public Citizen argues the legislation is deficient because it would not require compounding pharmacies that mass-produce standardized drugs to seek pre-market approval from the FDA or meet important federal labeling requirements.

U.S. accuses JPMorgan of manipulating California energy market
7/29/2013

Los Angeles Times: U.S. accuses JPMorgan of manipulating California energy market- The prospect of a multimillion-dollar settlement with no admission of wrongdoing would be a "laughable" civil punishment, said Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program for Public Citizen, a Washington consumer advocacy group.

JPMorgan Accused of Energy-Market Manipulation by U.S. Agency
7/29/2013

Bloomberg: JPMorgan Accused of Energy-Market Manipulation by U.S. Agency- “I do not see a positive role in the way that these banks are operating in these markets,” Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at Public Citizen, a Washington-based consumer-advocacy group, said in a phone interview. “I don’t understand the value added to reliability, to efficiency.”

U.S. regulators moving cautiously on mortgage reforms
7/29/2013

Reuters:  U.S. regulators moving cautiously on mortgage reforms- Bartlett Naylor, who tracks financial policy for advocacy group Public Citizen, called the dilemma a "very important and dangerous issue."

Blocking Generics
7/29/2013

The Bulletin: Blocking Generics - Part of the problem, said Dr. Michael Carome, director of the health research group at Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, is the FDA doesn't take into account whether a new drug, like Delzicol, truly represents a step forward when granting approval.

The "Unusual" Yet Ubiquitous Left-Right Alliance
7/29/2013

Truthout: The "Unusual" Yet Ubiquitous Left-Right Alliance: Towards an Anti-Establishment Center - "Few could have predicted the trend we’re seeing now: Amid calls for austerity, some green groups are aligning with conservative think tanks to push for cuts to environmentally harmful programs. The odd alliance kicked off last month when Friends of the Earth and Public Citizen teamed up with Taxpayers for Common Sense and the conservative Heartland Institute for their 'Green Scissors' report, focusing on cuts to everything from ethanol and oil tax credits to timber subsidies." [Washington Post, September 14, 2011]

Dentist who used copyright to silence her patients is on the run
7/28/2013

ArsTechnica: Dentist who used copyright to silence her patients is on the run- Lee got in touch with attorney Paul Levy at Public Citizen, who has a history of taking on Internet free-speech issues, and was looking for a way to challenge the Medical Justice contract. In November 2011, Public Citizen filed a lawsuit seeking class action status, arguing that Lee’s reviews were fair use and non-defamatory.

Do You Take Any of These 11 Dangerous Statins or Cholesterol Drugs?
7/28/2013

Someone Somewhere (blog): Do You Take Any of These 11 Dangerous Statins or Cholesterol Drugs? - Excerpts from Public Citizen’s Health Research Group’s Petition to Require a Box Warning on All HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors (“Statins”): …

Effort to push for NY resolution to amend Constitution now under way
7/28/2013

Examiner.com: Effort to push for NY resolution to amend Constitution now under way - On Wednesday, July 24th, Move to Amend and Public Citizen co-hosted a webinar on lobbying the New York State Senate for a resolution to Congress calling on them to pass an amendment to overturn the Citizens United v FEC decision of 2010. To date, 16 other states have either passed resolutions or the majority of legislators have signed a letter to that effect.

Ralph Nader's new cause: Tort law museum in Conn.
7/28/2013

Associated Press: Ralph Nader's new cause: Tort law museum in Conn. - Nader, who twice ran for president and still works at the nonprofit advocacy organization Public Citizen, has been pursuing the idea for the museum for years only to run into several roadblocks. But he said he has raised about $2 million, a museum design firm has been hired, and renovations are set to begin in the fall. He expects the museum to be established in the next two years.

TTIP’s “Science-based” Assault on Democracy Begins
7/28/2013

Open… (blog): TTIP’s “Science-based” Assault on Democracy Begins - A great article from Public Citizen shows that this line of attack has already been deployed in a series of submissions hammering home the idea to both the US and EU delegations: ...

More leftover campaign cash
7/28/2013

Off the Kuff: More leftover campaign cash - “There’s actually quite a lot of room for lawmakers to finagle their own campaign budgets,” said Craig Holman, a campaign finance expert at the liberal advocacy group Public Citizen.

After 3 years, new attempts to limit Citizens United
7/27/2013

Marketplace.org: After 3 years, new attempts to limit Citizens United - "What I'm hoping for is that the actions by the New York state attorney general will serve as a model for other states coming out with their own transparency proposals," says Craig Holman, money and politics lobbyist for Public Citizen.

Malaysian police use “drug charges” to stop protest of trade deal
7/26/2013

Southeast Asia: News, Culture, Voices (blog): Malaysian police use “drug charges” to stop protest of trade deal - However, thanks to investigative work by groups like Citizens Trade Campaign and Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, enough internal documents have been leaked to paint a picture that should draw attention.

LaRouche PAC: July 26th, 2013 Podcast
7/26/2013

LaRouche PAC: July 26th, 2013 Podcast - According to the Public Citizen website, in 2009 more than 900 ex-government officials, including 70 former Members of Congress, lobbied for the Financial Services Sector. Today that number is even greater. More than 940 former Federal employees are Federal lobbyists.

Dems Introduce Bill to Eliminate Mandatory Arbitration
7/26/2013

Maryland Malpractice Lawyer Blog: Dems Introduce Bill to Eliminate Mandatory Arbitration - A 2012 report by Public Citizen, a consumer-oriented advocacy group, and the National Association of Consumer Advocates found that judges nationwide had thrown 76 potential class action cases out of court after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in 2011 that, not only is it all right for companies to put clauses in their contracts forcing customers to settle disputes in private arbitration, but they can also bar customers from bringing class action lawsuits against them or even arbitrating their disputes as a class.

Diabetes Drugs’ Pancreas Risk Not Backed by Evidence: EMA
7/26/2013

Bloomberg: Diabetes Drugs’ Pancreas Risk Not Backed by Evidence: EMA - GLP-1-based medicines approved for use in the European Union include Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.’s Byetta, Novo Nordisk A/S (NOVOB)’s Victoza and Merck & Co.’s Januvia. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles found increased pre-cancerous changes in diabetes patients using this class of drugs, the Washington-based public advocacy group Public Citizen said when the research was published.

Groups push for release of final device identifier rule
7/26/2013

FierceHealthIT: Groups push for release of final device identifier rule - In a letter to OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell earlier this month, 18 groups noted that owners of recalled cars have more information than patients with dangerously defective pacemakers. Those groups include Consumers Union, Public Citizen and the National Women's Health Network.

Huma Abedin faces questions about dual jobs
7/26/2013

Fox News: Huma Abedin faces questions about dual jobs - Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a government ethics watchdog group, says Abedin's dual status raises serious questions. "If this story pans out that Huma actually had access to inside information while serving as a government official but at the same time serving as a strategic consultant to a firm that actively trades in the stock market, this could be quite a problem, " he said.

Blocking NSA, America’s fracked up, drone bombing Americans, busting immigration myths
7/25/2013

RT: Blocking NSA, America’s fracked up, drone bombing Americans, busting immigration myth- Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s energy program, talks about the dangerous side effects of fracking and if supporters of the practice are right about it being a good alternative to dirty energy.

Thursday, July 25: Conflict mineral rule survives legal test
7/25/2013

Talk Radio News Service: Thursday, July 25: Conflict mineral rule survives legal test- The law was challenged as an infringement of corporate Free Speech rights by three trade associations—National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable—whose members acquire diamonds and other minerals from the Congo. Public Citizen and Amnesty International said the rule will provide critical information to investors and consumers.

The Perennially “Unusual” Yet Somehow Ubiquitous Left-Right Alliance
7/25/2013

Counter Punch: The Perennially “Unusual” Yet Somehow Ubiquitous Left-Right Alliance - The odd alliance kicked off last month when Friends of the Earth and Public Citizen teamed up with Taxpayers for Common Sense and the conservative Heartland Institute for their ‘Green Scissors’ report, focusing on cuts to everything from ethanol and oil tax credits to timber subsidies.” [Washington Post, September 14, 2011]

The Most Dangerous Industry For Workers
7/25/2013

AOL News: The Most Dangerous Industry For Workers - "I think a lot of the reasons may have to do with people being on medication, and being off medication," explains Keith Wreightson, the work safety and health advocate at Public Citizen's Congress Watch, and a co-author of the report. He believes many of the violent incidents occur in psychiatric facilities, and in general, "a lot of people are not particularly happy to be in a health care facility. They're angry."

Congress to Fed: End Too-Big-to-Fail Already!
7/25/2013

Mother Jones: Congress to Fed: End Too-Big-to-Fail Already! - Bart Naylor, a financial-policy advocate at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, is more cynical. "Power," he half-jokes. "Some people are humbled by it. Most lust for it."

Can two new FEC nominees fix a 'mired' agency?
7/24/2013

Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group: Can two new FEC nominees fix a 'mired' agency?- According to Public Citizen, the commissioners deadlocked on enforcement actions just one percent of the time in 2003, compared to more than 18 percent of the time last year.

Pharma Update July 2013: FDA, Preemption & SCOTUS
7/24/2013

IP Watchdog: Pharma Update July 2013: FDA, Preemption & SCOTUS- Meanwhile, Public Citizen Health Research Group filed a citizen’s petition with the FDA to demand a change in regulations.

Une première réflexion sur les modifications au règlement sur les heures de service
7/24/2013

TransportRoutier.ca: Une première réflexion sur les modifications au règlement sur les heures de service- La règle a été contestée devant une cour d'appel fédérale pour différents motifs, par l’American Trucking Associations et par le groupe de défense Public Citizen. Une décision pourrait être rendue à tout moment.

Lawmakers collect thousands in per diem during special sessions
7/24/2013

KVUE: Lawmakers collect thousands in per diem during special sessions- "The intent is to reimburse people just for the times they're in Austin," said Tom “Smitty” Smith, state director for Public Citizen, a non-profit watchdog group.

Board to rebuke OSHA for failing to write safety rules
7/24/2013

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Board to rebuke OSHA for failing to write safety rules-A 2011 report by consumer and worker rights advocacy group Public Citizen said that "onerous" rules OSHA must follow in setting safety standards, along with influence from corporations, delay lifesaving regulations.

U.S. drugmakers cheer 'speed lane' for breakthrough therapies
7/24/2013

Reuters: U.S. drugmakers cheer 'speed lane' for breakthrough therapies- "A discussion on this topic is reckless if it doesn't discuss the next stage after the drug reaches the market," said Sidney Wolfe, co-founder and senior adviser to Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a watchdog organization that has frequently criticized the FDA for approving, or failing to withdraw, drugs it considers unsafe. 

Mercer grand jury indicts therapist on fraud allegations
7/23/2013

Advocate Messenger: Mercer grand jury indicts therapist on fraud allegations- In 2012, General Conway’s Medicaid Fraud Unit was named one of the most aggressive in the country by the nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen.

R.I. nonprofits that aid children in state care face payment for lobbyists at General Assembly
7/23/2013

Providence Journal: R.I. nonprofits that aid children in state care face payment for lobbyists at General Assembly- The prohibition is “kind of easy to get around,” said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist with Public Citizen’s Congress Watch in Washington, D.C. “The contractors could just claim they’re using state funds.

State Medical Board Is Too Slow
7/23/2013

The Courant: State Medical Board Is Too Slow- The Public Citizen Health Care Research Group, which looks at medical boards nationwide and ranks Connecticut's fairly low, suggests that ours be fully funded directly from physician license fees, as happens in most other states.

The GOP's Plan B to Kill Elizabeth Warren's Consumer Watch Dog
7/23/2013

Mother Jones: The GOP's Plan B to Kill Elizabeth Warren's Consumer Watch Dog- Another would "totally remake regulatory process," says Amit Narang, an expert on the federal regulatory process at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, by adding tons of new analytical and procedural steps for each new rule created at all agencies. "This is really an attempt to try to gut agencies across the board, in the same way they've been trying to gut the CFPB since its inception," Narang says.

'If You Create The Democracy You Want To Have...' - An Afternoon With Jim Hightower
7/23/2013

Chicagoist: 'If You Create The Democracy You Want To Have...' - An Afternoon With Jim Hightower- “Two years ago when it was first starting, Public Citizen and the Move to Amend—two groups working together—people on our sides said you can’t have a constitutional amendment it’s not even worth trying. But now they’re not saying that anymore.”

Ban JPMorgan from California's electricity trading business
7/23/2013

Los Angeles Times: Ban JPMorgan from California's electricity trading business- "Turning electricity into another casino commodity has hurt consumers," says Tyson Slocum, an electrical regulation expert at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Farmers stealing TPP spotlight from other key issues [Japan Times, Tokyo]
7/23/2013

Bloomberg Businessweek: Farmers stealing TPP spotlight from other key issues [Japan Times, Tokyo]- Public Citizen, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that opposes the TPP in general, said that Japan's entry this week to the ongoing negotiations multiplies the threat posed to the public interest in both countries by including an ISDS clause.

Blame the IRS or Fix It? | Rules of the Game
7/23/2013

Roll Call: Blame the IRS or Fix It? | Rules of the Game-  “It’s quite clear that the blurry standards are what led to the potential misconduct,” said Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch. “The hearings so far have focused on that potential misconduct, and we haven’t seen a shift to discussing solutions.”

A Dose of Citizens United Reality
7/23/2013

Blog for Iowa: A Dose of Citizens United Reality - Public Citizen, Move to Amend and others have organized, launched petitions, and convinced legislators in 16 states, the District of Columbia, and about 500 municipalities to support overturning Citizens United.

OSHA Launches Safe-Patient-Handling Campaign Amid Criticism
7/23/2013

Shrm.org: OSHA Launches Safe-Patient-Handling Campaign Amid Criticism - In a recently published report, the consumer-advocacy group Public Citizen charged that OSHA’s insufficient inspections at health care facilities and lack of an ergonomic safety standard are failing health care workers, who suffer more injuries than workers in any other occupational sector.

Occupational Health News Roundup
7/22/2013

ScienceBlogs: Occupational Health News Roundup-  OSHA and Public Citizen:  Public Citizen has just released a report on healthcare workers’ high injury and illness rates and the inadequacy of federal protections for workers who care for patients’ health.

Supreme Court Rules Drug Companies Exempt From Lawsuits Regardless of Harm or Death Caused By Medications
7/22/2013

PreventDisease.com: Supreme Court Rules Drug Companies Exempt From Lawsuits Regardless of Harm or Death Caused By Medications- "Today's court decision provides a disincentive for generic makers of drugs to monitor safety of their products and to make sure that they have a surveillance system in place to detect adverse events that pose a threat to patients," Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group told the news outlet.

UDI Final Rule Still Pending
7/22/2013

Health Leaders Media: UDI Final Rule Still Pending - "Unfortunately, however, the UDI (unique device identification) rule has encountered delays at every step of the process," says a July 3 letter from 18 consumer groups, including Breast Cancer Action, Public Citizen, and Consumer's Union, to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, OMB director.

Agency Reviews Patent Application Approval Request for "Holistic Breast Patch"
7/22/2013

Pharmacy Choice: Agency Reviews Patent Application Approval Request for "Holistic Breast Patch"- The action came on the heels of a national TV investigative report and a lawsuit against the FDA by the Public Citizen's Health Research Group and the National Women's Health Network.

Workplace may be unsafe for healthcare professionals
7/22/2013

Healthcare Purchasing News: Workplace may be unsafe for healthcare professionals-Healthcare workers – particularly nurses, nurses' aides, orderlies, and attendants – suffer more musculoskeletal injuries than those working in any other field, a Public Citizen report found.  

GOP forwards a new ‘doc fix’ for Medicare payments
7/22/2013

Mass Device: GOP forwards a new ‘doc fix’ for Medicare payments- Non-profit interest group Public Citizen is pushing doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers, to demand safer conditions at work.

Health Care Professionals Face Workplace Risks, On-The-Job Injuries
7/22/2013

Kaiser Health News: Health Care Professionals Face Workplace Risks, On-The-Job Injuries- Healthcare workers -- particularly nurses, nurses' aides, orderlies, and attendants -- suffer more musculoskeletal injuries than those working in any other field, a Public Citizen report found. Those injuries cost the U.S. about $7 billion each year, according to the Public Citizen report, which was written by Keith Wrightson and Taylor Lincoln, both of the organization's Congress Watch division.

OSHA Wants Ergonomic Conditions for Hospital Workers
7/21/2013

B2C: OSHA Wants Ergonomic Conditions for Hospital Workers- Watchdog group Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division released a report on July 17 that pointed out that while healthcare workers are at a significantly higher risk for the musculoskeletal disorders, the industry only receives a small percentage of attention from OSHA when compared to other high-risk injuries.

TPP: The Terrible Plutocratic Plan
7/21/2013

Fire Dog Lake: TPP: The Terrible Plutocratic Plan- The TPP, drafts of which have been leaked to Public Citizen, has 29 chapters, only five of which — according to Public Citizen’s thinking — deal with trade.

Regulations differ for supplements: FDA holds drugs to higher clinical requirements than products such as Anatabloc
7/21/2013

TimesDispatch.com: Regulations differ for supplements: FDA holds drugs to higher clinical requirements than products such as Anatabloc - The requirements for dietary supplements “are significantly less than for drugs or pharmaceuticals,” said Dr. Michael Carome, director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, a consumer protection advocacy organization.

Leftover campaign funds can be a treat for lawmakers
7/21/2013

Houston Chronicle: Leftover campaign funds can be a treat for lawmakers- "There's actually quite a lot of room for lawmakers to finagle their own campaign budgets," said Craig Holman, a campaign finance expert at the liberal advocacy group Public Citizen.

Health care workers suffer most on-the-job injuries, illnesses, but have few federal safety protections
7/20/2013

The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide: Health care workers suffer most on-the-job injuries, illnesses, but have few federal safety protections-Health care workers suffer more injuries and illnesses on the job each year than those in any other industry, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducts few inspections of health care facilities and is hampered in its ability to take action to resolve unsafe conditions because of the absence of needed safety standards, a report by Public Citizen shows.

Does Dodd-Frank work? We asked 16 experts to find out
7/20/2013

The Washington Post: Does Dodd-Frank work? We asked 16 experts to find out - Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division: “Seven years after the crash, the debate about solutions has grown better than expected, with more sophisticated arguments and actual progress on leverage requirements, a sophisticated Glass-Steagall reconstitution plan, and talk from Republicans about size limits…”

Healthcare most dangerous place for workplace injuries
7/20/2013

MediLexicon: Healthcare most dangerous place for workplace injuries- Healthcare is the most dangerous industry for injuries and illnesses, with 653,000 nurses, aides, orderlies and others injured or falling ill every year, according to a new Public Citizen Report.

Money in Politics This Week: Gov. Cuomo Establishes Moreland Commission to Investigate Corruption
7/19/2013

Brennan Center for Justice: Money in Politics This Week: Gov. Cuomo Establishes Moreland Commission to Investigate Corruption- Support for an amendment reversing Citizens United comes on the heels of national efforts by Public Citizen, Common Cause, Free Speech for People, Move to Amend and other grassroots coalitions.

Action Line: Richard Cordray's confirmation is victory for consumers
7/19/2013

Tulsa World: Action Line: Richard Cordray's confirmation is victory for consumers-Public Citizen: The bureau was created in the aftermath of the financial crisis to protect Americans from the predatory practices of banks, lenders, securities firms, debt collectors and other institutions that have repeatedly abused power when left unchecked. In just two years, it has made several important contributions to the lives of Americans.   

Capitol culture can foster bad behavior
7/19/2013

UT San Diego: Capitol culture can foster bad behavior- Lawmakers control billions in federal money, draw millions in campaign donations and influence large parts of the U.S. economy, pointed out Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen.

Healthcare tops list for workplace injuries; OSHA 'hamstrung'
7/19/2013

FierceHealthcare.com: Healthcare tops list for workplace injuries; OSHA 'hamstrung'- Healthcare is the country's most dangerous occupation, causing more than $7 billion each year in back injuries alone, according to a new report by Public Citizen. 

Workplace May Be Unsafe for Healthcare Professionals
7/19/2013

MedPage Today: Workplace May Be Unsafe for Healthcare Professionals- Those injuries cost the U.S. about $7 billion each year, according to the Public Citizen report, which was written by Keith Wrightson and Taylor Lincoln, both of the organization's Congress Watch division.

Forget crab fishermen, U.S. healthcare workers have most injuries
7/19/2013

UPI.com: Forget crab fishermen, U.S. healthcare workers have most injuries- A report by Public Citizen found nurses, nursing aides, orderlies and attendants suffer more musculoskeletal injuries than workers in any other field, and it's estimated it costs more than $7 billion annually for healthcare back injuries alone.

Heat wave prompts strike at Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s
7/19/2013

In These Times: Heat wave prompts strike at Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s- “It’s really just typical of every lack of a standard that we have seen at OSHA. Anything that requires a rulemaking because of the bureaucratic fighting with Congress, OSHA is very hesitant to do because of what is involved in fighting with Congress,” says Sammy Almashat, a research associate with Public Citizen. “When you talk about a standard such as heat that would be wide ranging across industries, obviously the political opposition is going to be quite wide, which is why we don’t have a heat standard rule today. Its really a case study of what's wrong with OSHA today that they haven’t issued a standard that has been recommended for 41 years.”

Friss infrmációk a generikus szerek alkalmazási előiratába
7/18/2013

PharmaOnline.hu: Friss infrmációk a generikus szerek alkalmazási előiratába - A Public Citizen nevű fogyasztói érdekvédelmi szervezet alapítója, dr. Sidney Wolfe azállásfoglalásban így fogalmaz: „Amint a módosítás elnyeri végső formáját, áthidalhatja azt aszabályozási rést, mely jelenleg még komolyan veszélyezteti a betegek biztonságát.”

Report: OSHA not doing enough to prevent healthcare worker injuries
7/18/2013

HCPro.com: Report: OSHA not doing enough to prevent healthcare worker injuries - Just weeks after the American Nurses Association (ANA) released new guidance on safe patient handling, Public Citizen has issued the “Health Care Workers Unprotected” report, which the ANA says should be a “clarion call” for improving the culture of safety in healthcare.

Healthcare Industry Has the Most Workplace Injuries but is the Least OSHA- Regulated
7/18/2013

Therealnews.com: Healthcare Industry Has the Most Workplace Injuries but is the Least OSHA- Regulated - Interview of Keith Wrightson, expert on worker safety and health issues for Public Citizen's Congress Watch division.

No Jobs from Trade Pacts
7/18/2013

Economic Policy Institute: No Jobs from Trade Pacts - But as Lori Wallach of Public Citizen has noted, agreements like KORUS “facilitate offshoring, ban Buy American provisions and erode manufacturing jobs, utterly contradicting the president’s domestic agenda” (Public Citizen 2013).

Groups Say Window Cords Still Strangle Kids
7/18/2013

Courthouse News Service: Groups Say Window Cords Still Strangle Kids - Nine groups signed the petition, citing 324 strangulation deaths and 122 injuries since 1985, according to the CPSC in its notice.  The groups include Parents for Window Blind Safety, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Kids in Danger, Public Citizen, U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group), Independent Safety Consulting, Safety Behavior Analysis Inc. and Onder Shelton O'Leary & Peterson, a personal injury law firm based in St. Louis, Mo.

EHS Today: Health Care Workers Suffer Most Injuries, Have Few Federal Protections
7/18/2013

Nola.com: EHS Today: Health Care Workers Suffer Most Injuries, Have Few Federal Protections - Consumer watchdog group Public Citizen told Reuters in an interview that the Supreme Court decision undermines patient safety at a time when about 80 percent of U.S. prescriptions are filled with generic medicines. According to WebMD, however, 44 percent of all prescriptions are filled with generic drugs.

Health care workers suffer highest total worker injury toll, study shows
7/18/2013

ISHN: Health care workers suffer highest total worker injury toll, study shows - Health care workers suffer more injuries and illnesses on the job each year than those in any other industry, but OSHA conducts relatively few inspections of health care facilities, according to a new report by Public Citizen.

Council leader Clarke draws praise for his work
7/18/2013

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Council leader Clarke draws praise for his work - Donna Cooper, the executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth, praised Council's deliberations on school funding - though she called Clarke's decision to cut off public comment at the last Council session with more than 50 people waiting to speak "a low point."

JPMorgan may settle California energy market manipulation case
7/18/2013

Los Angeles Times: JPMorgan may settle California energy market manipulation case - "FERC has managed to catch a small fraction of the very complex manipulation schemes engineered by sophisticated banks, and we're just seeing a tip of the iceberg," said Tyson Slocum, energy program director at the advocacy group Public Citizen in Washington, D.C. "The manipulation is so widespread that FERC is simply catching what it can."

Obama would veto both mandate bills - Sebelius asks NAACP for ACA help - House committees explore federal data hub
7/17/2013

Politico: Obama would veto both mandate bills - Sebelius asks NAACP for ACA help - House committees explore federal data hub- ON COMPOUNDING, PUBLIC CITIZEN AND PHARMA AGREE – In an odd bedfellows moment, the consumer advocate organization and brand and generic trade groups said yesterday that they don’t like a Senate HELP proposal to create a new tier of “compounding manufacturers” for a new level of FDA regulation.

Healthcare worker safety needs closer monitoring
7/17/2013

Nurse.com: Report: Healthcare worker safety needs closer monitoring- "OSHA is required by law to ensure safe conditions for every employee in the United States," Keith Wrightson, worker safety and health advocate for Public Citizen and co-author of the report, said in a news release. "The record is clear that the government has broken its promise to healthcare workers."

Compounding Pharmacy Bill Would Put Public At Risk, Group Claims
7/17/2013

AboutLawsuits.com: Compounding Pharmacy Bill Would Put Public At Risk, Group Claims- The prominent consumer watchdog group Public Citizen indicates that a senate bill designed to restructure federal oversight of pharmacies may actually put Americans at risk, allowing compounding pharmacies to mass produce drugs without seeking FDA approval.

Retinal Detachment from Levaquin, Cipro May Be Underreported
7/17/2013

AboutLawsuits.com: Retinal Detachment from Levaquin, Cipro May Be Underreported- However, consumer advocates called for stronger tendon rupture warnings to be added at least two years earlier, with Public Citizen filing a petition with the FDA in 2006, insisting that consumers and the medical community be provided with clearer warnings about the risk of tendon damage.

Changing Climate-Change Climate?
7/17/2013

Pittsburgh City Paper: Changing Climate-Change Climate?- Watchdog group Public Citizen said the president's plan fell short of launching the "national mobilization" needed to confront this incipient crisis. Worse, said Public Citizen president Robert Weissman, Obama's "all of the above strategy" to increase domestic oil and gas production — and even exports — is a "disaster" that threatens to offset the good the plan might do, including further development of renewable energy.

PhRMA: Compounders Just Drugmakers by Another Name
7/17/2013

BioWorld: PhRMA: Compounders Just Drugmakers by Another Name- "Rather than strengthening the oversight of traditional pharmacy compounding, any of these bills, if enacted, would undermine the strict legal standards for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of manufactured drugs that have been in place in the U.S. for more than half a century," Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said in comments submitted to the subcommittee.

Health care employees suffer more on-the-job injuries and illnesses than other workers
7/17/2013

Dallas Morning News: Health care employees suffer more on-the-job injuries and illnesses than other workers- Still, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducts relatively few inspections of health care facilities and is hamstrung in its ability to take action to resolve unsafe conditions, according to a new report by Public Citizen. “OSHA is required by law to ensure safe conditions for every employee in the United States,” said Keith Wrightson, worker safety and health advocate for Public Citizen and a co-author of the report.

READER POLL: Who Should Administer .Pharmacy Domain Names?
7/17/2013

Pharmalive: READER POLL: Who Should Administer .Pharmacy Domain Names?-“Granting the pharmacy domain to NABP would confer legitimacy on pharmacies sanctions by NABP to the detriment of those that are not,” writes Peter Maybarduk, who heads the Global Access to Medicines program at Public Citizen, the consumer advocacy group, in a letter to ICANN earlier this year.

Public Citizen report pushes OSHA to boost efforts in healthcare industry
7/17/2013

ModernHealthcare.com: Public Citizen report pushes OSHA to boost efforts in healthcare industry- The watchdog group Public Citizen is calling for OSHA to increase the number of workplace inspections and develop stronger standards to protect healthcare workers from injuries and violence.

Senate Calls Ceasefire in Nomination Battle
7/17/2013

The Fiscal Times: Senate Calls Ceasefire in Nomination Battle- Bart Naylor, a former investigator for the Senate Banking Committee and a financial policy analyst for the advocacy group Public Citizen, described himself as “giddy.” “The win is this big: I'm holding my arms out as far as they go--5 feet 11 and two-thirds inches,” Naylor said, adding that he hopes the CFPB continues to be “the hyper energetic teenager it is today.”

House Inches Toward Oversight of Compounding
7/17/2013

MedPage Today: House Inches Toward Oversight of Compounding- Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a consumer organization often at odds with PhRMA, criticized both Griffith's draft bill and the Senate bill along lines similar to PhRMA's, saying the Senate bill would create a "second, substandard tier of drug manufacturers, confusingly called 'compounding manufacturers,'" which would not be required to get new drug approval by the FDA or comply with the standard federal labeling requirements. 

The Hidden Health Care Problem
7/17/2013

Huffington Post: The Hidden Health Care Problem- Taylor Lincoln writes a Huffington Post blog post about Public Citizen’s report on health care worker safety.

Vallone Files Election Petitions, Comrie Bows Out Of BP Race
7/17/2013

The Queens Gazette: Vallone Files Election Petitions, Comrie Bows Out Of BP Race - In support of the bill, Lisa Gilbert, of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, stated: “Since the ill-fated 2010 decision of Citizens United, corporations have been able to spend money freely on elections, and often do so by giving funds to ‘dark money’ organizations not required to disclose the identities of their donors. But investors have a right to know how their money—a corporation’s profits—is being spent. The trouble is, there is no requirement that companies share this information.”

FDA Moves to Improve Generic Drug Label Warnings
7/17/2013

Main Street: FDA Moves to Improve Generic Drug Label Warnings- "Almost two years ago, in August 2011, Public Citizen submitted a citizen petition to the FDA asking it to revise its labeling rules to fill the safety gap," Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior adviser, Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said in a statement. "The FDA's proposal suggests that the agency plans to grant that petition."  

How Congress might have already tied Obama’s hands in trade negotiations
7/17/2013

Washington Post: How Congress might have already tied Obama’s hands in trade negotiations- “There are a lot of members who’re saying, ‘you’ve treated me abysmally, why would I give myself handcuffs involuntarily?’” says Lori Wallach of Public Citizen, which opposes fast track.  ”It means the president can dictate domestic policy on a whole range of issues. And they can implement all sorts of unpopular provisions, and superglue them into a trade agreement.”

Newfound wealth allows Pingree to pay her ‘dues’ to House Democrats
7/17/2013

Maine Sun Journal: Newfound wealth allows Pingree to pay her ‘dues’ to House Democrats-  “It is a conundrum,” Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, said of Pingree’s large donations and her reputation as anti-big money. “She does believe in trying to get big money out of politics, but she also realizes that she’s in a world where big money dominates politics.”

Colorado congressmen rack up frequent flier miles on other people’s dimes
7/17/2013

The Daily Caller: Colorado congressmen rack up frequent flier miles on other people’s dimes- Craig Holman, a spokesman from the watchdog group Public Citizen, told 9News said groups like the Aspen Institute — which funded much of DeGette’s travels, including a five-day $7,000 jaunt to Spain to attend a forum on U.S.-Russia relations — can have undue influence on legislators. “It becomes part of the influence-peddling game,” Holman said. “We have now seen the number of travel junkets creep right back up to the pre-2007 levels. We’ve got a problem on our hands.”

Dr. Sid Wolfe: Consumer Health Advocate (7/16/13)
7/16/2013

The Diane Rehm Show: Dr. Sid Wolfe: Consumer Health Advocate (7/16/13) - Dr. Sid Wolfe is a guest on the show.  Consumers may soon have more safety information about generic drugs, and they may also have the ability to sue manufacturers if they experience an adverse reaction. Dr Sid Wolfe says these changes are long overdue. As founder and senior advisor of the non–profit advocacy organization, Public Citizen, these are among hundreds of changes he’s pushed for over the last four decades.

How An Overhaul of Eminent Domain Law Failed In Texas
7/16/2013

NPR: State Impact: How An Overhaul of Eminent Domain Law Failed In Texas- “You had these two very large family interests,” Tom “Smitty” Smith, with Texas Public Citizen told StateImpact Texas. “The pipeline-owning Koch brothers and the landowners and oil-and-gas company Bass brothers. Fighting each other over both issues of principle and probably a significant amount of money.” 

Approving The Keystone Pipeline Could Cost U.S. Consumers $3-4 Billion Per Year in Higher Gas Prices
7/16/2013

Think Progress: Approving The Keystone Pipeline Could Cost U.S. Consumers $3-4 Billion Per Year in Higher Gas Prices- In particular, drivers in the Midwest would see increases at the pump ranging from 25 to 40 cents per gallon. This dovetails with another report by Public Citizen earlier this year.

Gasoline prices are surging; here's why
7/15/2013

Consumer Affairs: Gasoline prices are surging; here's why - In the first three months of 2013 the U.S. became a net exporter of gasoline. While the oil industry denies this has had any impact on domestic pump prices, the consumer group Public Citizen estimates it had added as much as 12 cents a gallon to what consumers pay.

Report: ‘Bright Lines’ suggestions fall short for nonprofit-IRS oversight - Washington stops France from adopting tough new tax rules - Three IRS employees set to testify
7/15/2013

Politico: Report: ‘Bright Lines’ suggestions fall short for nonprofit-IRS oversight - Washington stops France from adopting tough new tax rules - Three IRS employees set to testify- Released just weeks after the IRS targeting scandal broke, the Public Citizen report suggests changing the rules that govern how nonprofits can speak about issues and candidates running for public office — suggestions that do not go far enough for Center for Competitive Politics.

Congressman aims to protect minors from online commercialization
7/15/2013

The Daily Caller: Congressman aims to protect minors from online commercialization-  Scott Michelman, an attorney for Public Citizen, supports the bill, saying that the commercial use of minors’ photos hurts a guardian’s ability to parent their child, not to mention is an invasion of privacy.

Smith: Get ready to hold your nose
7/15/2013

Houston Chronicle: Smith: Get ready to hold your nose-  Tom “Smitty” Smith and Matt Haertner of Public Citizen Texas write an op-ed about Governor Rick Perry’s veto of funding for the Public Integrity Unit and of a bill that would disclose “dark money”.

Tort Reform Fails to Reduce Health Care Costs—Or Improve Patient Safety
7/15/2013

The Legal Examiner: Tort Reform Fails to Reduce Health Care Costs—Or Improve Patient Safety- In October 2011, non-profit advocacy group Public Citizen released a report entitled “A Failed Experiment,” noting that health care in Texas has worsened in key respects since liability caps were put into effect in 2003.

TPP’s Corporate Takeover, Your Third Amendment Right, Lobbying: Legalized Bribery
7/12/2013

Breaking the Set: TPP’s Corporate Takeover, Your Third Amendment Right, Lobbying: Legalized Bribery - On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks to Lori Wallach, director of Global Trade Watch at Public Citizen about why the TPP trade negotiations remain so secretive, and the dangerous implications this international agreement has on the rest of us.

FDA Considering Review Of Generic Drug Label Policy
7/12/2013

RTT News: FDA Considering Review Of Generic Drug Label Policy   - In an official statement, Public Citizen's Sidney Wolfe says the revision could prove critical: "When finalized, the revisions will fill a regulatory gap that poses a risk to patient safety. The proposed rule is a classic example of harm reduction. When finalized after public comments, it will provide added protection to the tens of millions of people who regularly use generic drugs."

An Early Take on the Impact of the Hours of Service Changes
7/12/2013

Today’s Trucking: An Early Take on the Impact of the Hours of Service Changes - The rule has been challenged in a federal appeals court on different grounds by American Trucking Associations and Public Citizen.

Boston Scientific sees flood of suits over surgical mesh
7/12/2013

Boston Scientific Journal: Boston Scientific sees flood of suits over surgical mesh - …he said of transvaginal mesh, in use since the 1990s. "However, ... it really can cause a lot of people problems." Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group that filed a petition with the FDA in 2011 to ban transvaginal mesh, ...

TPP’s Corporate Takeover, Your Third Amendment Right, Lobbying: Legalized Bribery
7/12/2013

Breaking the Set: TPP’s Corporate Takeover, Your Third Amendment Right, Lobbying: Legalized Bribery - On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks to Lori Wallach, director of Global Trade Watch at Public Citizen about why the TPP trade negotiations remain so secretive, and the dangerous implications this international agreement has on the rest of us.

Almost impossible to sue for adverse drug makers (Bijna onmogelijk om medicijnmakers aan te klagen voor bijwerkingen)
7/11/2013

Niburu: Almost impossible to sue for adverse drug makers (Bijna onmogelijk om medicijnmakers aan te klagen voor bijwerkingen) - De consumentenorganisatie Public Citizen liet weten dat het besluit de veiligheid van patiënten ondermijnt in een tijd waarin Amerikaanse huisartsen in ruim 80 procent van de gevallen generieke middelen voorschrijven.

How States Can Get Close to a Single-Payer System
7/11/2013

Environmental, Health, and Safety News (blog): How States Can Get Close to a Single-Payer System - The steps a state would need to take to move toward creating a single-payer health care system are somewhat complicated but are doable, according to a new Public Citizen report that provides states with a road map of how to achieve unified, universal health coverage.

Supreme Court rules Drug Companies exempt from Lawsuits
7/11/2013

Take the Red Pill Now (blog): Supreme Court rules Drug Companies exempt from Lawsuits - One industry critic was quoted by Reuters after the verdict. "Today's court decision provides a disincentive for generic makers of drugs to monitor safety of their products and to make sure that they have a surveillance system in place to detect adverse events that pose a threat to patients," Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group told the news outlet.

Supremes Say You Can’t Sue Generic Drug Makers But FDA May Change That
7/11/2013

Bob’s Newheart (blog): Supremes Say You Can’t Sue Generic Drug Makers But FDA May Change That - The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen released a report Monday that found 11 instances over the last five years in which serious safety warnings were added to the labels of drugs for which there were no longer any brand-name versions on the market.

Consumer groups fret as first round of European trade talks nears end
7/11/2013

McClatchy: Consumer groups fret as first round of European trade talks nears end - “The European system is far superior. . . . A lot of stuff under your sink could probably kill you. In Europe, they’re phasing it out,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, a nonprofit consumer group.

America's Most Dynamic (Yet Under-Covered) Movement: Overturning 'Citizens United'
7/11/2013

ZCommunications.org: America's Most Dynamic (Yet Under-Covered) Movement: Overturning 'Citizens United' - “Why does it matter how many states call for an amendment? Ultimately, an amendment will have to be ratified by three-fourths of the states. That’s thirty-eight. Four more and we’re halfway there,” says Rob Weissman, the president of Public Citizen, which is working with a burgeoning Corporate Reform Coalition of more than seventy groups nationwide. “But before that, an amendment must be passed by a two-thirds vote in both chambers of the US Congress.

FDA Plans to Give Generic Drugmakers Power to Change Labels
7/11/2013

The Burrill Report: FDA Plans to Give Generic Drugmakers Power to Change Labels - The effort comes two years after the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen petitioned the agency to revise generic drug labeling rules to ensure that drug labels provide adequate warnings to reflect new information that becomes available after a drug is approved for marketing.

States Push Post-Citizens United Reforms As Washington Stands Still
7/11/2013

Huffington Post Politics: States Push Post-Citizens United Reforms As Washington Stands Still - "What we're doing this summer is getting the entire congressional delegation, as much as possible, in the states that passed resolutions to support an amendment," said Aquene Freechild, senior organizer for Public Citizen's constitutional amendment campaign.

Lawmaker wants to prohibit social media from using kids' photos in advertising
7/11/2013

The Republic: Lawmaker wants to prohibit social media from using kids' photos in advertising - "A federal law that offers protections to minors' privacy at a national level would be a good thing in that it would enhance the protection for minor children's privacy in the other 43 states that don't have specific protections," said Scott Michelman, an attorney for Public Citizen.

Dave Sterrett interviewed
7/11/2013

KBOO: Dave Sterrett interviewed about single-payer report.

Senior Doctor Calls On Governments To Investigate Possible Lack Of Informed Consent In Premature Baby Studies
7/10/2013

Medical News Today: Senior Doctor Calls On Governments To Investigate Possible Lack Of Informed Consent In Premature Baby Studies- Dr. Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior adviser to the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, says it is surprising that the adequacy of consent forms for nearly identical studies in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and other countries with similar regulation of human research, has apparently not yet been examined.

Expert: Medicare’s role in meningitis outbreak
7/10/2013

Associated Press: Expert: Medicare’s role in meningitis outbreak (video) - Dr. Michael Carome of Public Citizen in Washington talks about how Medicare patients could have gotten contaminated drugs from compounding pharmacies that led to a meningitis outbreak. He says it comes down to unsure rules. (Oct. 19)

Hedge fund ads: Game changer?
7/10/2013

Bankrate.com: Hedge fund ads: Game changer?-  "General solicitation for hedge funds must only be to sophisticated investors. Already, that's oxymoronic, since a person who doesn't know enough to find a broker in a phone book hardly qualifies as a sophisticated investor," says Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate for Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization in Washington, D.C.

SOPA Should Have Ended Backroom Deals About Copyrights & Patents; So Why Is TPP Still Secret?
7/10/2013

TechDirt: SOPA Should Have Ended Backroom Deals About Copyrights & Patents; So Why Is TPP Still Secret?- There's a fantastic op ed in the NY Times, by Lori Wallach and Ben Beachy from Public Citizen, questioning why the TPP negotiating texts are still secret.

Generic drug companies granted total immunity against all lawsuits from patients harmed by side effects
7/10/2013

NaturalNews.com: Generic drug companies granted total immunity against all lawsuits from patients harmed by side effects- "Today's court decision provides a disincentive for generic makers of drugs to monitor the safety of their products and to make sure that they have a surveillance system in place to detect adverse events that pose a threat to patients," says Michael Carome, Director of the Public Citizen's Health Research Group, as quoted by Reuters.

Senate Democrats Spar Over Wall Street Reform
7/10/2013

Mother Jones: Senate Democrats Spar Over Wall Street Reform-  Bart Naylor, a financial-policy advocate at Public Citizen, says that it's no surprise that Gillibrand and Schumer are urging a delay for this regulation; Wall Street is in their backyard.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement Would Harm Our Environment
7/10/2013

Huffington Post: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement Would Harm Our Environment- These organizations include the Sierra Club, Public Citizen group (founded by Ralph Nader), the Citizens Trade Campaign, and Economy in Crisis, among many others.

Bunch of City Employees Took a Taxpayer-Financed Trip to Amsterdam
7/9/2013

Austinist: A Bunch of City Employees Took a Taxpayer-Financed Trip to Amsterdam-  Tom “Smitty” Smith, the director of Public Citizen, a taxpayer watchdog group in Austin, meanwhile, is in a bit of a huff over the whole thing.

The Price Of Science: OHRP Identifies Infant Study Where Parents Were Misled Regarding Health Risks Of Test Treatment
7/9/2013

Medical Daily: The Price Of Science: OHRP Identifies Infant Study Where Parents Were Misled Regarding Health Risks Of Test Treatment- They did not expect an increased rate of death in the low oxygen group, this clearly possible risk did not need to be disclosed in the consent forms. The fact that death was one of the primary stated outcomes of the study seems to have escaped them," Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, founder and senior adviser at the Health Research Group at Public Citizen explains.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement Would Harm Our Environment
7/9/2013

San Diego News Room: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement Would Harm Our Environment- These organizations include the Sierra Club, Public Citizen group (founded by Ralph Nader), the Citizens Trade Campaign and Economy in Crisis, among many others.

How Texans Could Be on the Hook if Energy Future Holdings Goes Bankrupt
7/9/2013

Dallas Observer: How Texans Could Be on the Hook if Energy Future Holdings Goes Bankrupt-  Environmentalists and watchdog group Public Citizen are posing two main questions.

Think Tank Releasing Rival Bangladesh Safety Accord Receives Funds From Walmart and Its Lobbyists
7/9/2013

The Nation: Think Tank Releasing Rival Bangladesh Safety Accord Receives Funds From Walmart and Its Lobbyists - As Public Citizen’s Tyson Slocum blogged in September, both former senators lobby for oil companies: Lott for ExxonMobil and Shell Oil; Dorgan for Noble Energy.

Supreme Court: Drug Corps Are Exempt From Liability Lawsuits
7/9/2013

Occupycorporatism.com: Supreme Court: Drug Corps Are Exempt From Liability Lawsuits- Michael Carome, director of the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group said : “Today’s court decision provides a disincentive for generic makers of drugs to monitor safety of their products and to make sure that they have a surveillance system in place to detect adverse events that pose a threat to patients.”

US study criticized for experimentation with premature infants
7/9/2013

British Medical Journal:  US study criticized for experimentation with premature infants-  Sidney M. Wolfe writes an article for the British Medical Journal on premature infants study.

Preemie Study Triggers Debate Over Informed Consent
7/9/2013

Live Science: Preemie Study Triggers Debate Over Informed Consent - In an editorial published today (July 9) in the British Medical Journal, Dr. Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior adviser to the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, said the study conditions were "clearly experimental procedures" that differed from what would happen under normal circumstances.

Texas Puts Luminant Mining Under Closer Financial Scrutiny
7/8/2013

NPR: StateImpact: Texas Puts Luminant Mining Under Closer Financial Scrutiny-“We’ve asked the Railroad Commission to take a really good, hard look at this and begin an investigation because the risks are high to the state,” said Smitty Smith, Texas director of the industry watchdog group, Public Citizen.  

FDA Moves to Allow Updates of Generic Drug Warnings
7/8/2013

HealtheCareers Network: FDA Moves to Allow Updates of Generic Drug Warnings-This comes after years of petitioning from consumer watchdog groups such as Public Citizen, which issued a report last week calling on the FDA to make it easier for generic drugmakers to update safety labeling.

Forced Arbitration: When Your Rights Get the Runaround
7/8/2013

Money Talks News: Forced Arbitration: When Your Rights Get the Runaround- The bill has the support of not only attorneys but also groups like Public Citizen and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

European Trade Deal Could Undermine Important Regulations Here At Home
7/8/2013

Think Progress: European Trade Deal Could Undermine Important Regulations Here At Home-  “No place is the economic downside [of the agreement] more probable than in rolling back important financial regulations,” Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach said.

Prime Interest Show: The Foreign Derivatives Ticking Bomb and Spitzer's Comeback?
7/8/2013

RT: Prime Interest Show: The Foreign Derivatives Ticking Bomb and Spitzer's Comeback?- Bob talks about the looming CFTC derivatives deadline with Bart Naylor of Public Citizen. 

Supreme Court rules Drug Companies exempt from Lawsuits
7/8/2013

Laleva.org: Supreme Court rules Drug Companies exempt from Lawsuits- "Today's court decision provides a disincentive for generic makers of drugs to monitor safety of their products and to make sure that they have a surveillance system in place to detect adverse events that pose a threat to patients," Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group told the news outlet.

Austin pays for staff’s trip to Amsterdam
7/8/2013

KVUE ABC: Austin pays for staff’s trip to Amsterdam-  "Nothing substitute’s boots on the ground, but the question you have to ask yourself is, did we have to take all of these people?" argued Tom “Smitty” Smith, the director of Public Citizen, a taxpayer watchdog group in Austin.

Audi to Zappa See Trade Talks as Chance to Cut Rules
7/8/2013

Bloomberg:  Audi to Zappa See Trade Talks as Chance to Cut Rules - “Such standards should not be subject to negotiations heavily influenced by corporations that would profit from the dismantling of those standards,” Ben Beachy, research director for trade issues at Public Citizen in Washington, said in a phone interview.

How Saving Money on Generic Drugs Can Cost You Your Health
7/8/2013

Main Street: How Saving Money on Generic Drugs Can Cost You Your Health - A recent report by the non-profit consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen shows that at least 53 drugs that were approved by the FDA more than a decade ago have, in the past five years, required new black-box warnings, which alert patients to serious or life-threatening risks.

Congress restarts: Cyber-espionage, FCC at hand in the House; Senate examines Comey for FBI – Motorola Solutions quietly lobbied State AGs against FirstNet
7/8/2013

Politico: Congress restarts: Cyber-espionage, FCC at hand in the House; Senate examines Comey for FBI – Motorola Solutions quietly lobbied State AGs against FirstNet - TTIP NEGOTIATIONS GET UNDERWAY; TECH KEEPS MAKING ITS CASE: Groups like Consumer Federation of America and Center for Digital Democracy, for example, will fight a push to relax data regulations as part of the agreement.  CCIA, eBay, TechAmerica, ITI, and Public Citizen will make presentations as well.

Republican Federal Election Commissioners Seek to End Cooperation with Justice Department
7/7/2013

Main Justice: Republican Federal Election Commissioners Seek to End Cooperation with Justice Department- Liberal-leaning watchdog groups Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government and Public Citizen have decried partisan deadlock that they say is paralyzing the commission.

FDA Proposal May Soon Allow Updated Safety Information On Generic Drug Labels
7/7/2013

Medical News Today: FDA Proposal May Soon Allow Updated Safety Information On Generic Drug Labels-  Nearly two years ago, watchdog group Public Citizen submitted a petition to the FDA calling for a change in regulations regarding generic drug labeling. After an FDA announcement on July 3rd that the regulation may soon change, it appears that Public Citizen's plea has been heard.

Bed rails for elderly, their risks long known, face relative lack of scrutiny
7/7/2013

Chicago Tribune: Bed rails for elderly, their risks long known, face relative lack of scrutiny-  Some consumer advocates say portable adult bed rails are inherently dangerous and that it is not possible to create acceptable safety standards; the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen filed a petition this year asking the CPSC to ban them.

Delays Hamper State's Doctor Discipline Process
7/6/2013

The Courant: Delays Hamper State's Doctor Discipline Process- Over the last decade, Connecticut has consistently ranked in the bottom fifth of states in the rate of serious disciplinary actions taken against physicians, according to the watchdog group, Public Citizen.

FDA Moves to Blunt the Effects of the Supreme Court’s Mensing and Bartlett Generic Drug Preemption Decisions
7/5/2013

FDA Law Blog: FDA Moves to Blunt the Effects of the Supreme Court’s Mensing and Bartlett Generic Drug Preemption Decisions-  Public Citizen, which announced the news in a press release, commented that the organization is “extremely pleased to see that [FDA plans] to issue a proposed rule to revise FDA regulations about prescription drug labeling.  When finalized, the revisions will fill a regulatory gap that poses a risk to patient safety.”

America's Most Dynamic (Yet Under-Covered) Movement: Overturning 'Citizens United'
7/5/2013

The Nation: America's Most Dynamic (Yet Under-Covered) Movement: Overturning 'Citizens United'- "Why does it matter how many states call for an amendment? Ultimately, an amendment will have to be ratified by three-fourths of the states. That’s thirty-eight. Four more and we’re halfway there,” says Rob Weissman, the president of Public Citizen, which is working with a burgeoning Corporate Reform Coalition of more than seventy groups nationwide. “But before that, an amendment must be passed by a two-thirds vote in both chambers of the US Congress. And one of the most effective ways to show a state’s representatives and senators in Washington, DC, that there is popular demand for an amendment is to pass a resolution back home.” 

FDA Plans to Allow Generic Drug Makers to Make Safety Label Changes
7/5/2013

TopNews: FDA Plans to Allow Generic Drug Makers to Make Safety Label Changes- It was last week only when consumer watchdog group Public Citizen has asked the Food and Drug Administration to allow generic drug makers to change safety labels on drugs.

Proposed FDA Rule Strips Court Protection From Generic Drugs
7/5/2013

AboutLawsuits.com: Proposed FDA Rule Strips Court Protection From Generic Drugs - In August 2011, the prominent consumer advocacy group Public Citizen filed a petition with the FDA calling for the agency to amend the federal regulations that limit generic drug makers’ ability to update warning labels.

TAFTA delay good for workers
7/5/2013

Teamster Nation: TAFTA delay good for workers- A recent Public Citizen blog, for instance, exposes that U.S. and European corporations want to use TAFTA to water down necessary agriculture, communications, energy production and financial safeguards.

Cuomo aide turns Wall Street hammer
7/5/2013

Politico: Cuomo aide turns Wall Street hammer- The document was made public through a Freedom of Information Act request by Public Citizen.

FDA Could Allow Generic Drugmakers To Update Safety Labels
7/5/2013

RedOrbit: FDA Could Allow Generic Drugmakers To Update Safety Labels-Likewise, Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, a senior adviser to the Health Research Group at Public Citizen told the Times the rule changes were “common sense” and would allow individuals who were physically harmed by generic drugs to go to “court and get redress for serious damages.”  

Wall Street Dodges Financial Reform Again
7/5/2013

Mother Jones: Wall Street Dodges Financial Reform Again-  Financial reformers are not shocked. "Quelle surprise!" quips Bart Naylor, a policy advocate at the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. "The Federal Reserve decides to heed the crush of Wall Street lobbyists."

FDA Proposes Rule To Allow Generic Drugmakers To Change Labeling
7/5/2013

Pharmalive: FDA Proposes Rule To Allow Generic Drugmakers To Change Labeling- “Many potential hazards are not discovered until years after drugs have been on the market,” says Public Citizen’s Sidney Wolfe in a statement. “Yet, currently, drug manufacturers can do little to warn doctors and patients about newly discovered information, putting patients at risk. The proposed rule is a classic example of harm reduction. When finalized after public comments, it will provide added protection to the tens of millions of people who regularly use generic drugs.”

FDA to allow generic drug companies to update own warning information
7/5/2013

CBS News: FDA to allow generic drug companies to update own warning information-  "We are extremely pleased to see that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced its plan to issue a proposed rule to revise FDA regulations about prescription drug labeling. When finalized, the revisions will fill a regulatory gap that poses a risk to patient safety," Dr. Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior adviser of the Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said in a statement.

FDA to update generic labeling rules
7/5/2013

Fierce Pharma: FDA to update generic labeling rules- Public Citizen lauded the proposed change, which it claims is needed to fill the "regulatory gap" that now exists between branded and generic drugs, USAToday reports.

FDA moves to allow updates of generic drug warnings
7/4/2013

USA Today: FDA moves to allow updates of generic drug warnings- "The proposed rule is a classic example of harm reduction," Dr. Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen's health research group said in a statement. "When finalized…it will provide added protection to the tens of millions of people who regularly use generic drugs."

FDA Rule Could Make Generic Drugmakers Liable
7/4/2013

ABC News: FDA Rule Could Make Generic Drugmakers Liable- Consumer watchdog group Public Citizen applauded the FDA, having petitioned for a similar rule in 2011. "Many potential hazards are not discovered until years after drugs have been on the market," Public Citizen's Health Research Group founder Dr. Sidney Wolfe said in a statement. "Yet, currently, generic drug manufacturers can do little to warn doctors and patients about newly discovered information, putting patients at risk.".

The Fight Over Keeping Austin Weird
7/4/2013

Time: The Fight Over Keeping Austin Weird-  “Many opponents said that this is kind of the wrong image — frivolous emissions, carbon and other pollutants into the air just for amusement purposes — for a city that wants to be seen as the most sustainable city in the United States,” Tom Smith, director of the Texas office of consumer-advocacy nonprofit Public Citizen, told Reuters.

FDA to propose rule allowing generic-drug firms to update Rx data
7/4/2013

Smart Brief: FDA to propose rule allowing generic-drug firms to update Rx data- When finalized after public comments, it will provide added protection to the tens of millions of people who regularly use generic drugs," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen's Health Research Group.

Failure to Stop Doubling of Student Loan Rates Sparks Call to Tackle "Systemic" Debt Crisis
7/3/2013

Pacifica’s Democracy Now!: Failure to Stop Doubling of Student Loan Rates Sparks Call to Tackle "Systemic" Debt Crisis- We’re joined by two guests: Micah Hauptman, the financial policy counsel for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, and Pamela Brown, a Ph.D. student in sociology at the New School, where she helped launch the Occupy Student Debt Campaign pledge of refusal.

Singulair Psychiatric Side Effects Result in ‘Do Not Use’ Recommendation
7/3/2013

AboutLawsuits.com: Singulair Psychiatric Side Effects Result in ‘Do Not Use’ Recommendation - Nightmares and other psychiatric side effects of the asthma drug Singulair have led the consumer watchdog Public Citizen to place the medication on their “Do Not Use” list.

U.S. FDA to propose allowing generic drugmakers to update drug labels
7/3/2013

Reuters: U.S. FDA to propose allowing generic drugmakers to update drug labels- "Many potential hazards are not discovered until years after drugs have been on the market," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, founder of Public Citizen's Health Research Group. 

F.D.A. Rule Could Open Generic Drug Makers to Suits
7/3/2013

The New York Times: F.D.A. Rule Could Open Generic Drug Makers to Suit  - “It’s common sense,” said Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, a senior adviser to the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, which in 2011 petitioned the F.D.A. to pass just such a rule. “It will obviously end this situation where people are being harmed physically and yet, although they are harmed, they have no right to go into court and get redress for serious damages.”

Regulators to Beef Up Wall Street Rules…Thanks to Republicans?!
7/2/2013

Mother Jones: Regulators to Beef Up Wall Street Rules…Thanks to Republicans?! -Increasing banks' capital requirements "is necessary, and the baby step just announced is welcome," says Bart Naylor, a financial-policy advocate at Public Citizen. "But adult steps are necessary."

Obama's New Climate Plan
7/2/2013

Daily Censored: Obama's New Climate Plan-  Public Citizen called the bill a new way to pollute. It solved nothing environmentally. It benefitted powerful, oil, coal and nuclear interests.

Climate of Change: What Does an Inside-Outside Strategy Mean?
7/2/2013

Dissent: Climate of Change: What Does an Inside-Outside Strategy Mean?-  “It’s not accurate to call this a climate bill,” Public Citizen’s Tyson Slocum told reporter Joshua Frank. “This is nuclear energy-promoting, oil drilling-championing, coal mining-boosting legislation with a weak carbon pricing mechanism thrown in.”

RxRights Initiates Petition Opposing New Pharmacy Domain
7/2/2013

TMCnet.com: RxRights Initiates Petition Opposing New Pharmacy Domain- Public interest groups such as Public Citizen and Demand Progress also have spoken out against NABP's application.

Outten & Golden LLP: Certification Sought for U.S. Census Bureau Discrimination Class Action
7/1/2013

Yahoo! Finance: Outten & Golden LLP: Certification Sought for U.S. Census Bureau Discrimination Class Action- The legal team for the plaintiffs includes Outten & Golden LLP, Center for Constitutional Rights; Community Legal Services of Philadelphia; Community Service Society, of New York; Indian Legal Resource Center, of Helena, Mont.; LatinoJustice PRLDEF, of New York; Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, of Washington, D.C.; and Public Citizen Litigation Group, of Washington, D.C.

New rules for truck drivers take effect
7/1/2013

Newsday: New rules for truck drivers take effect- The new hours-of-service rule was originally announced by the administration in December 2011 following a series of lawsuits from Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group that re-filed its ongoing lawsuit over the hours-of-service rule in February 2012. 

Dark Money Group Spent on House Race, Then Told IRS It Didn’t
7/1/2013

ProPublica: Dark Money Group Spent on House Race, Then Told IRS It Didn’t- “This type of inaccurate reporting by electioneering nonprofit groups has a long history,” says Public Citizen’s Craig Holman, when asked about the group’s most recent filing. “It is rooted in the fact that the IRS almost never holds these groups accountable for such false declarations.” 

Amid D.C. Gridlock, Has Supreme Court Stepped In?
7/1/2013

Real Clear Politics: Amid D.C. Gridlock, Has Supreme Court Stepped In?- And Morrison, who co-founded the Public Citizen Litigation Group, said he did not believe Congress was deliberately tossing hot potatoes to the court. “The legislative process doesn’t allow [Congress] to think through, in every respect, all of the ramifications,” he said.

Will Snowden Revelations About Spying on Foreign Governments Undermine the European and Pacific Trade Talks?
7/1/2013

Naked Capitalism: Will Snowden Revelations About Spying on Foreign Governments Undermine the European and Pacific Trade Talks?-Public Citizen noted they are already unworkable under existing trade agreements. 

Trade Agreements threaten Food Safety and Promote GMOs
7/1/2013

Ecowatch: Trade Agreements threaten Food Safety and Promote GMOs- No wonder then that, according to leaked drafts obtained by groups like the CTC, Public Citizen and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, the TPP contains proposals designed to give transnational corporations “special rights” that go far beyond those possessed by domestic businesses and American citizens, says Arthur Stamoulis, executive director of the CTC.

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