September 2013 media hits

Public Citizen is mentioned, or its experts quoted, every day in print and broadcast media around the world. Below are links to some of the recent stories in which we have appeared.

Regulators Have Called Off the Dogs, but Concern Over Januvia Lingers

9/5/2013
Regulators Have Called Off the Dogs, but Concern Over Januvia Lingers - Regulators and the pharmaceutical industry have dismissed a study that noted consumer advocacy group Public Citizen referenced as “brilliantly-designed and executed.” Drs. Alexandra Butler and Peter Butler, of whom we have referenced before, undertook the study with their colleagues in concert with UCLA in California and the University of Florida.

What you need to know about acetaminophen

9/3/2013
What you need to know about acetaminophen - Acetaminophen is also the top cause of acute liver failure in the U.S. says Sidney Wolfe, M.D., a former member of the FDA’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Committee. Tylenol, in particular, is currently cited in more than 85 personal injury lawsuits for liver injuries and deaths related to its drugs.

Will Improvements To Medical Examining Board Be Enough?

9/3/2013
Will Improvements To Medical Examining Board Be Enough? - In 2012, Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, ranked Connecticut fifth-lowest among states in taking serious disciplinary actions against physicians between 2009 and 2011.

U.S. Weighs Informed Consent Rules in Wake of Infant Study Controversy

9/3/2013
U.S. Weighs Informed Consent Rules in Wake of Infant Study Controversy - The nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen circulated OHRP’s letter to reporters, drawing widespread media attention. OHRP charged researchers with failing to provide sufficient warning to parents of the 1300 babies in the study. It said researchers should have told parents about concerns that the high-oxygen saturation group had a potentially greater risk of eye disease, while babies in the lower group might be more likely to die or suffer developmental delays. Both concerns proved true at statistically significant levels.

Regulation Nation: Obama rule-making seen as deeply flawed

9/3/2013
Regulation Nation: Obama rule-making seen as deeply flawed - Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate with the pro-regulation Public Citizen, said that the outside commission would likely just be a way to kill old rules without strengthening current ones.

For Immediate Release on Tuesday, September 3

9/3/2013
For Immediate Release on Tuesday, September 3 - Level playing field for union election U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that challengers seeking to unseat incumbent officers of the American Postal Workers Union are entitled to use the union’s email database to send campaign literature to voters. The decision interprets a provision of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act that provides candidates a right to distribute campaign literature at his or her own expense. Public Citizen brought the suit on behalf of three APWU candidates.

Differences on display on US informed consent rules

9/3/2013
Differences on display on US informed consent rules - After OHRP criticized the study’s consent forms in March, a string of reaction followed from the highest research echelons. They included this commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine by NIH director Francis Collins and his policy deputy, Kathy Hudson. Most of the responses defended the trial and the forms, arguing that the babies were put at no additional risk. But a vocal minority of physicians and bioethicists and the advocacy group Public Citizen have loudly disagreed. So did this Nature editorial, published last week.

Tell Congress To Get Serious About Defunding Obamacare

9/1/2013
Tell Congress To Get Serious About Defunding Obamacare - “After passage of major legislation, those who have networks on Capitol Hill take exceedingly lucrative jobs with the same industries subject to the legislation,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen. “It raises questions about the [bill's] integrity.”

'Big bucks' lobbying hurts political system

9/1/2013
'Big bucks' lobbying hurts political system - Public Citizen, a watchdog group, recommends that the cooling off period be extended to two years -- I would say five -- and that the supervision of other lobbyists be prohibited. The group would also revoke the special privileges that former members are afforded, for example, access to the House and Senate floor and to members-only gymnasiums and restaurants