November 2018 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.

‘Immediate Trouble’ for Don Jr. predicted after Michael Cohen guilty plea

11/29/2018
Common Dreams: ‘Immediate Trouble’ for Don Jr. predicted after Michael Cohen guilty plea by Jon Queally - The morning's developments, especially in light of the Republican's in the Senate blocking an effort on Wednesday to insulate the Mueller probe from further inrterference from the White House, advocacy groups like Public Citizen called on constituents to call their lawmakers and urge them to act

FDA permits ‘export only’ medical devices not for use in US

11/29/2018
AP News: FDA permits ‘export only’ medical devices not for use in US by Andrew W.Lehren and Emily Siegel - "Is an American life worth more than a British life or an Australian life?” said Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, who helped establish the consumer health organization Public Citizen. “I mean that’s the reason they’re not being approved here, is because you’re protecting an American life. So why would it be okay for another country?”

Facebook and google join list of companies withdrawing support for Sen. Hyde-Smith

11/28/2018
Abc News radio: Facebook and google join list of companies withdrawing support for Sen. Hyde-Smith by Nataly Pak - Hyde-Smith's assignment earlier this year to the Senate Appropriations subcommittee, which oversees the Food and Drug Administration, "could not be more critical" for such companies to build relationships with the senator for "influence and access," according to Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs for Public Citizen, the nonprofit consumer advocacy organization.

Background Briefing

11/28/2018
KPFK 90.7-FM: Background Briefing by David Dayen - Lori Wallach on the re-negotiation of NAFTA, which despite its low profile is probably the most important vote of the incoming Congress, because it is likely to result in something getting done.

Judge tosses Cork Wine Bar’s lawsuit against Donald Trump

11/27/2018
Washington Business Journal: Judge tosses Cork Wine Bar’s lawsuit against Donald Trump by Drew Hansen - The couple is represented in the case by a pro bono legal team comprised of Scott Rome, Andrew Kline and Chris LaFon of Veritas Law Firm; Mark Zaid and Bradley Moss of Law Offices of Mark S. Zaid; and Alan Morrison and Steven Schooner of George Washington University Law School. Morrison helped co-found the Public Citizen Litigation Group with Ralph Nader.

Trump’s Pick for Energy Panel Clears Hurdle Despite Democrats’ Opposition

11/27/2018
Bloomberg: Trump’s Pick for Energy Panel Clears Hurdle Despite Democrats’ Opposition by Stephen Cunningham - “The video remarks of McNamee disparaging environmental groups is unprofessional, and will render him a compromised commissioner should he be ultimately confirmed,” said Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at the watchdog group Public Citizen.

Leadership PACs used for ‘bougie perks,’ says government watchdog spokeswoman

11/26/2018
The Hill: Leadership PACs used for ‘bougie perks,’ says government watchdog spokeswoman by Julia Manchester - The vice president of legislative affairs for government watchdog group Public Citizen slammed the use of leadership PACs in an interview that aired Monday on “Rising.” Gilbert’s comments come after Public Citizen called for the FEC to ban the use of leadership PACs for travel and entertainment.

Breast implant injuries hidden as patients’ questions mount

11/26/2018
Associated Press: Breast implant injuries hidden as patients’ questions mount by Meghan Hoyer - As the FDA weighed its expansion of the summary reporting program earlier this year, Cook and a dozen other patients with medical device problems, along with the patient-advocacy group Public Citizen, urged the agency to rethink its plan.

Exporting pain: U.S.-made medical devices cause serious injuries, pain overseas

11/25/2018
NBC News: Exporting pain: U.S.-made medical devices cause serious injuries, pain overseas by Andrew W. Lehren and Emily Siegel -  "That raises a lot of ethical and moral and health questions," said Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, who helped establish Public Citizen, a consumer health advocacy organization, and frequently testifies before Congress on patient safety.

White House approves military to use lethal force at southern border

11/21/2018
USA Today: White House approves military to use lethal force at southern border by Bart Jansen, John Fritze and Alan Gomex - "The authorization of the military to use force within domestic borders is a matter of grave consequence for a nation under civilian rule," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. "Kelly's order should be published immediately for the public to understand exactly what he has authorized, whether the Trump administration is violating the law and what risk of violence may await asylum-seekers."

With ‘Unlimited Funds to Lie,’ insurance industry readies propaganda blitz as Medicare for all surges

11/21/2018
Common Dreams: With ‘Unlimited Funds to Lie,’ insurance industry readies propaganda blitz as Medicare for all surges by Jake Johnson -  "In terms of tactics, it sounds like they will just be updating the same lines they used in the 1990s to sideline reform efforts and in the ACA fight to keep single-payer healthcare off the table," Eagan Kemp, a healthcare policy advocate with Public Citizen, told The Intercept. "The Partnership for America's Health Care Future would be more accurately titled the 'Partnership for Profiting Off America's Health Care.'"

Julian Assange deserves a medal of freedom, not a secret indictment

11/20/2018
USA Today: Julian Assange deserves a medal of freedom, not a secret indictment by James Bovard - On the same day the Assange indictment scored headlines, Trump awarded seven Presidential Medals of Freedom. No controversy greeted posthumous awards to Babe Ruth and Elvis Presley — unlike the ruckus regarding Miriam Adelson, wife of Republican super-donor Sheldon Adelson. Public Citizen, a liberal nonprofit, howled that the Adelson award “is just the latest sign of [Trump’s] ability to corrupt and corrodeall aspects of the government.” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman caterwauled that it was “ludicrous” and “and an insult to people who received the medal for genuine service.”

Liberal watchdog group asks FTC to probe Trump’s involvement with company

11/19/2018
Politico: Liberal watchdog group asks FTC to probe Trump’s involvement with company by Lorraine Woellert - Public Citizen called Trump’s promotion of ACN “a clear-cut infraction” of an “obvious” FTC rule that could lead to a civil fine. “It’s hard to imagine a more clear-cut example of deceptive advertising,” said Remington Gregg, a consumer rights lawyer for Public Citizen. “Companies are using social media and endorsers, and oftentimes the public doesn’t know.”

Bernie Sanders and Ro Khanna have a new plan to tackle prescription drug rip-offs

11/19/2018
HuffPost: Bernie Sanders and Ro Khanna have a new plan to tackle prescription drug rip-offs by Zach Carter - "American consumers pay far too much for drugs, not because it is costly to manufacture them, or even because of the expense of research and development,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a public interest nonprofit. “We pay too much because the U.S. government grants patents and other monopolies to brand-name drug makers, and then stands aside as Big Pharma exploits those monopolies to price gouge.”

The FDA made the wrong call on this powerful, new opioid

11/16/2018
Washington Post: The FDA made the wrong call on this powerful, new opioid by Sidney Wolfe and Raeford Brown - Op-ed by Sidney Wolfe and Raeford Brown

Trump to award Presidential medal of freedom to donor’s wife

11/16/2018
AP: Trump to award Presidential medal of freedom to donor’s wife by Darlene Superville - Robert Weissman, president of public interest group Public Citizen, said it was difficult to believe the decision to recognize Miriam Adelson was based on merit. "It's emblematic of the corrupt and transactional presidency of Donald Trump, and it is a shame, but not a surprise, that he is corroding and corrupting a civic treasure, an honor like the Medal of Freedom," Weissman said.

Elvis Presley gets US presidential medal of freedom

11/16/2018
BBC: Elvis Presley gets US presidential medal of freedom by BBC news -  Public Citizen, an American public interest group told the Guardian "it was difficult to believe the decision to recognise Miriam Adelson was based on merit".

Donald Trump defends Matt Whitaker with nonsensical Robert Mueller Comparison

11/16/2018
Huff Post: Donald Trump defends Matt Whitaker with nonsensical Robert Mueller Comparison by Hayley Miller - Citing the appointments clause in Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, Alan B. Morrison, co-founder of Public Citizen Litigation Group, wrote on Friday that an attorney general must be nominated for that position and confirmed by the Senate if she or he is to carry out all the duties of that office.

Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook as furor over its tactics grows

11/15/2018
New York Times: Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook as furor over its tactics grows by Cecilia Kang, Matthew Rosenberg, Mike Isaac - A coalition called Freedom From Facebook, which represents public interest groups like Demand Progress and Public Citizen, also filed a complaint on Thursday with the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook’s violations of users’ privacy. And Color of Change, a civil-rights group that has been critical of the company, blasted it for hiring Definers to discredit the group.

Meet the lawyer democrats call when it’s recount time

11/15/2018
The Hill: Meet the lawyer democrats call when it’s recount time by Reid Wilson - "Marc Elias has been very effective in doing a great deal of damage to our campaign finance laws," said Craig Holman, the top lobbyist for the good-government group Public Citizen. "He's been instrumental in tearing down the laws that are trying to level the playing field."

House to likely ban lawmakers’ public company board membership

11/15/2018
Bloomberg: House to likely ban lawmakers’ public company board membership by Corporate on Bloomberg Law - The House rule on board seats “was just stunning to me,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist at advocacy group Public Citizen. Holman filed an insider trading complaint against Collins with the Office of Congressional Ethics and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In Florida recount fight, democratic lawyer draws plaudits and fire

11/14/2018
NY Times: In Florida recount fight, democratic lawyer draws plaudits and fire by Ptricia Mazzei - In some ways, Mr. Elias’s efforts to expand big-money fund-raising and spending undermine his efforts to protect and expand voting access, said Craig Holman, an official at the government watchdog group Public Citizen.

‘Rapid release’ Tylenol gelcaps are slower to dissolve than cheaper tablets, study finds

11/14/2018
Washington Post: ‘Rapid release’ Tylenol gelcaps are slower to dissolve than cheaper tablets, study finds by Carolyn Y. Johnson - Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, said that while the “rapid release” claim is accurate, it could also be made about the tablets.

EPA plans to rewrite truck pollution rules, but it’s unclear how much stricter they’ll get

11/14/2018
Los Angeles Times: EPA plans to rewrite truck pollution rules, but it’s unclear how much stricter they’ll get by Tony Barboza - “In this one instance there’s an admission by the EPA that their job is to deal with nitrogen oxides that hurt the health of Americans and children,” said Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate for the group Public Citizen. “If they really believe that, they should also immediately stop the other deregulatory actions.”

Meet the lawyer democrats call when it’s recount time

11/14/2018
The Hill: Meet the lawyer democrats call when it’s recount time by Reid Wilson -  "Marc Elias has been very effective in doing a great deal of damage to our campaign finance laws," said Craig Holman, the top lobbyist for the good-government group Public Citizen. "He's been instrumental in tearing down the laws that are trying to level the playing field."

Advocates draw battle lines over national privacy law

11/13/2018
The Hill: Advocates draw battle lines over national privacy law by Happer Neidig - Among the 34 groups that signed on to the proposal are the Center for Democracy and Technology, Human Rights Watch, Public Citizen and the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

Amazon could boost Washington influence with addition of hub

11/13/2018
Bloomberg Government: Amazon could boost Washington influence with addition of hub by Megan R. Wilson - "Both for the economic reasons and networking reasons, it’s a very strong influence-peddling strategy,” said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at the watchdog group Public Citizen. “That’s why they’re here. I don’t think they would be here for any other reason.”

The indicted and the dead

11/12/2018
Who.What.Why.: The indicted and the dead by Travis Dunn - Prior to the indictment, an insider-trading complaint against Collins was filed by Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a nonprofit ethics watchdog. Holman told WhoWhatWhy his complaint was eventually forwarded from the Office of Congressional Ethics to the House Ethics Committee, which “just sat on it and did nothing with it.”

Problem doctors went unchecked for years as the opioid crisis exploded. Here's how we found out.

11/11/2018
News 5 Cleveland: Problem doctors went unchecked for years as the opioid crisis exploded. Here's how we found out. by Samah Assad, Ron Regan - Dr. Sidney Wolfe, co-founder of the public watchdog organization Public Citizen Health Research Group, spoke to us for our report and said he believes the potential conflict raises red flags.

Senate, Don't Approve Trump's Climate-Denying Appointee to Manage Our Energy Future

11/10/2018
Daily Kos: Senate, Don't Approve Trump's Climate-Denying Appointee to Manage Our Energy Future by Karen Feridun - Tyson Slocum, Energy Program Director at Public Citizen said that McNamee’s naming was a “clear move to support this hair[sic]-brained scheme,” and that “the White House is going to make sure they don’t have buyer’s remorse” with this nomination after being countered by all three of the Republicans appointed last year.

Wife of GOP megadonor to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

11/10/2018
POLITICO: Wife of GOP megadonor to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom by Quint Forgey - Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, said: "The Medal of Freedom has always been awarded based on service, as the award is intended. Trump uniquely envisions government service as a business for self-enrichment, and so it comes as no surprise at all that Trump would award an otherwise honorable medal to Adelson on the grounds of who gives him the most money."

Rick Perry Won't Be Able to Hide From Gavel-Wielding Democrats

11/9/2018
Bloomberg: Rick Perry Won't Be Able to Hide From Gavel-Wielding Democrats by Jennifer Dloughy, Ari Natter - The House Energy and Commerce Committee is set to scrutinize the entire effort, allowing everyone to “more fully understand what’s been driving these very radical administration initiatives on reshaping energy markets,” said Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s energy program.

"Protect Mueller" Tweets Prove People Won't Tolerate Trump Trying To Mess With The Russia Probe

11/9/2018
Bustle: "Protect Mueller" Tweets Prove People Won't Tolerate Trump Trying To Mess With The Russia Probe by Caroline Burke - Public Citizen, a "national, nonprofit advocacy organization that has been standing up to corporate power and holding government accountable for 47 years," tweeted out photos of the protests in various cities, noting how big many of them were.

#ProtectMueller Protests Erupt Across the Country

11/9/2018
Paper Magazine: #ProtectMueller Protests Erupt Across the Country by Matt Moen - Public Citizen embedded tweet

Demonstrators around the country rally to protect Mueller investigation

11/9/2018
MarketWatch: Demonstrators around the country rally to protect Mueller investigation by Mike Murphy - Public Citizen embedded tweet

Hundreds of Protests Nationwide Are Calling on Congress to Protect the Mueller Investigation. Here’s Who Organized Them

11/9/2018
Fortune: Hundreds of Protests Nationwide Are Calling on Congress to Protect the Mueller Investigation. Here’s Who Organized Them by Emily Gillespie - Public Citizen embedded tweet

Watch Live: Leftists Rally at White House to Protest Trump, Protect Mueller

11/9/2018
Breitbart: Watch Live: Leftists Rally at White House to Protest Trump, Protect Mueller by Penny Star - Public Citizen embedded tweet

Hundreds Gather in DC for a Pro-Mueller Demonstration

11/9/2018
Washingtonian: Hundreds Gather in DC for a Pro-Mueller Demonstration by Evy Mages - The protest, one of many held around the US on Thursday, was organized by a coalition of progressive groups, including MoveOn, Common Cause, Indivisible, Public Citizen, and Stand Up America.

If Trump and Whitaker Undermine the Mueller Investigation, That’s an Impeachable Offense

11/9/2018
The Nation: If Trump and Whitaker Undermine the Mueller Investigation, That’s an Impeachable Offense by John Nichols - Lisa Gilbert, the vice president of legislative affairs for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch Division, correctly identified the replacement of Sessions on the day after the November 6 election as “a thumb in the eyes of voters.” She said, “Both parties must insist that the investigation be protected from interference.

FDA Approves New Opioid Drug, Dsuvia

11/9/2018
Campus Safety: FDA Approves New Opioid Drug, Dsuvia by Katie Malafronte - “It is certain that Dsuvia will worsen the opioid epidemic and kill people needlessly,” said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior advisor of the nonprofit Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Anew the Scope of Federal Court Removal Rights Available to Third-Party Counterclaim Defendants

11/9/2018
Lexology: U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Anew the Scope of Federal Court Removal Rights Available to Third-Party Counterclaim Defendants by Faruki Ireland - Home Depot is represented by Supreme Court appellate counsel Goldstein & Russell, which successfully argued South Dakota v. Wayfair last term. Jackson is represented by both Varnell & Warwick and the Public Citizen Litigation Group, both of these firms represent themselves as champions of open courts and access to justice.

Protests Backing Mueller Investigation Across New York, Nation

11/9/2018
Spectrum News: Protests Backing Mueller Investigation Across New York, Nation by Cody Mooney - “We see our country in danger we see our democracy fundamentally in danger,” said Jonnah Minkoff-Zern, campaign director of Public Citizen.

Soros-Funded MoveOn.org plans mass demonstrations Thursday to protest sessions’ firing

11/8/2018
PJ Media: Soros-Funded MoveOn.org plans mass demonstrations Thursday to protest sessions’ firing by Debra Heine - "Trump just put someone who has openly trashed Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation in charge of it," Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, wrote in an "emergency email" Wednesday evening, according to Uncommon Dreams. "Trump thought that by waiting until after the polls closed on Election Day, our voices would be silent. He was wrong."

Democrats’ House victory complicates passage of New NAFTA, trade deals

11/8/2018
Wall Street Journal: Democrats’ House victory complicates passage of New NAFTA, trade deals by William Mauldin and Vivian Salama - Mr. Lighthizer has long signaled an understanding of the need to reach across party lines. “He is going to end up looking like he was a fortuneteller in trying to find a bipartisan balance in Nafta that would let Republicans and Democrats all stay in the conversations,” said Lori Wallach, senior trade expert at the left-leaning watchdog group Public Citizen, and who advises Mr. Lighthizer on some policy issues.

Watch—MoveOn, Anti-Trump Groups Admit They Planned ‘Protect Mueller’ Protest for Months

11/8/2018
Breitbart: Watch—MoveOn, Anti-Trump Groups Admit They Planned ‘Protect Mueller’ Protest for Months by Sean Moran - Thank you, let me first take a moment to point out that all of these events that are going on all over the country did not happen by accident and we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to MoveOn, Indivisible, Public Citizen, who have been organizing this for months.

White House protesters demand protection of Mueller probe

11/8/2018
The GW Hatchet: White House protesters demand protection of Mueller probe by Zach Schonfeld - Lisa Gilbert, the vice president of legislative affairs at Public Citizen, said at the rally that Whitaker’s appointment was “unacceptable” because he has made previous statements criticizing Mueller’s investigation.

Jeff Sessions ouster draws dozens in Corpus Christi to 'Nobody is above the law' protest

11/8/2018
USA TODAY/ Caller Times: Jeff Sessions ouster draws dozens in Corpus Christi to 'Nobody is above the law' protest by Beatriz Alvarado - MoveOn and Public Citizen are among the groups that began protest preparations last summer after Trump fired then-FBI director James Comey, who was overseeing the Russia investigation.

#ProtectMueller trends on Twitter as protests break out in several cities over Sessions' firing

11/8/2018
The Hill: #ProtectMueller trends on Twitter as protests break out in several cities over Sessions' firing by John Bowden - A list of events hosted by the activist group Public Citizen listed dozens of events in smaller cities in nearly every state Thursday night as demonstrators protested what many thought to be an effort by the president to begin shutting down the Russia investigation.

What to Know About Dsuvia, the Controversial New Opioid the FDA Just Approved

11/8/2018
SELF: What to Know About Dsuvia, the Controversial New Opioid the FDA Just Approved by Carolyn Todd - (Dr. Brown, who is also a professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics at the The University of Kentucky and The Kentucky Children’s Hospital and chair of the Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at The American Academy of Pediatrics, was not in attendance at the AADPAC's October vote due to prior commitments, but co-wrote a bold letter of opposition to the FDA’s decision with a group of health experts at the nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen).

The Midterms May Have Broken Your Heart, but There's Still Hope

11/8/2018
teen Vogue: The Midterms May Have Broken Your Heart, but There's Still Hope by Jenn Jackson - “One [in] five African Americans in Florida and 10 percent of the state’s adult population are ineligible to vote because of a criminal record.” Florida voters made possible one of largest expansions of voting rights in the country since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, according to Public Citizen.

8 burning questions for pharma, as Washington braces for a health policy shakeup

11/8/2018
Stat: 8 burning questions for pharma, as Washington braces for a health policy shakeup by Nicholas Florko - Grogan, a mild-mannered policy wonk, has been a tempting target for consumer groups like Public Citizen due to his ties to industry.

Monroe election results reveal urban/rural divide

11/7/2018
USA TODAY/ Democrat and Chronicle: Monroe election results reveal urban/rural divide by Meaghan McDermott - Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a Washington-based consumer advocacy organization, had filed complaints about Collins’ alleged insider trading, including one with the Office of Congressional Ethics. The late U.S. Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, a Democrat, also filed a complaint with the office about Collins’ conduct.

'Our Voice Will Count.' Former Felon Praises Florida Passing Amendment 4, Which Will Restore Voting Rights to 1.4 Million People

11/7/2018
Yahoo/ TIME: 'Our Voice Will Count.' Former Felon Praises Florida Passing Amendment 4, Which Will Restore Voting Rights to 1.4 Million People by Alejandro de la Garza - Approximately 1.4 million people will be granted the right to vote in Florida elections because of Amendment 4, according to Public Citizen.

Democrats won the House and Trump’s foreign policy may be in trouble

11/7/2018
Vox: Democrats won the House and Trump’s foreign policy may be in trouble by Alex Ward -  “Business is booming at the Trump International Hotel in DC, not because of the décor, but because corporations and foreign governments want to curry favor with the president,” Robert Weissman, Public Citizen’s president, said in a statement at the time.

Wednesday Editorial: Rising heat is threatening our health

11/7/2018
Florida Times Union: Wednesday Editorial: Rising heat is threatening our health by Times Union Editorial Board - In a new report on dangerous heat, Public Citizen states that heat-related injuries and illnesses are increasing in Florida — and across the nation.

Florida Editorial Roundup

11/7/2018
U.S. News & World Report/ AP: Florida Editorial Roundup by Staff - It's pretty damning that, as the Public Citizen report notes, less-prosperous nations in Central America have made more progress in protecting outdoor workers than the United States (one of the world's economic giants).

Rising heat is threatening our health

11/7/2018
The Florida Times-Union: Rising heat is threatening our health by Staff - “Many attempt to work through discomfort or illness without complaint,” declares the Public Citizen report, “because they cannot afford to lose work time or fear losing their jobs.”

What a split Congress means for key domestic issues from taxes to health care

11/7/2018
CNN: What a split Congress means for key domestic issues from taxes to health care by Donna Borak, Tami Luhby, Katie Lobosco - "I don't see how procedurally, or politically, they can pull off a lame duck vote on NAFTA 2.0." said Lori Wallach, the director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, a consumer advocacy group, and author of a book on the fast-tack authority.

Powerful new opioid 500 times stronger than morphine approved in U.S. in spite of outcry

11/6/2018
Market Watch: Powerful new opioid 500 times stronger than morphine approved in U.S. in spite of outcry by Emma Court - Outspoken critics like the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen and the FDA advisory committee chair, Dr. Raeford Brown, meanwhile, said they were disappointed with the FDA decision.

Repealing “One of country’s worst Jim Crow Laws,” Florida restores voting rights for 1.4 million people with past felony convictions

11/6/2018
Common Dreams: Repealing “One of country’s worst Jim Crow Laws,” Florida restores voting rights for 1.4 million people with past felony convictions by Jessica Corbett - "Not only does this repeal one of the country's worst Jim Crow laws," noted Public Citizen, "it's also the largest expansion in voting rights since the Voting Rights Act," which was enacted in 1965.

Long-Running Government Study Finds Cellphone Radiation Causes Cancer in Rats

11/6/2018
FairWarning: Long-Running Government Study Finds Cellphone Radiation Causes Cancer in Rats by Chelsea Conaboy - Dr. Raeford Brown, an anesthesiologist, chaired an advisory  panel that reviewed the drug and recommended its approval despite his objections. He criticized Gottlieb’s actions. “Clearly the issue of the safety of the public is not important to the commissioner,” Brown said in a press release issued with the consumer group Public Citizen.

Florida just got 1.4 million new voters, thanks in part to John Oliver

11/6/2018
Fast Company: Florida just got 1.4 million new voters, thanks in part to John Oliver by Melissa Locker - According to nonprofit group, Public Citizen, this not only “repeal[s] one of the country’s worst Jim Crow laws, it’s also the largest expansion in voting rights since the Voting Rights Act.”

How the Trump enforcement numbers were calculated

11/5/2018
NY Times: How the Trump enforcement numbers were calculated by The New York Times - Public Citizen, a left-leaning oversight group, published a report in July that examined enforcement at other agencies. The report was based on data from the Corporate Research Project, a nonprofit group whose Violation Tracker records enforcement actions across the federal government.

Another opioid approval incites questions, criticism

11/5/2018
Biopharma Dive: Another opioid approval incites questions, criticism by Andrew Dunn - In a Nov. 2 statement released by the consumer group Public Citizen, the chairman of the FDA's Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee criticized the decision, reiterating his opposition he had previously voiced last month in a letter to FDA leaders.

US regulators approve powerful opioid pill despite criticism

11/5/2018
Voice of America: US regulators approve powerful opioid pill despite criticism by VOA News - Sidney Wolfe, founder of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said in a statement: "It is certain that Dsuvia will worsen the opioid epidemic and kill people needlessly. It will be taken by medical personnel and others for whom it has not been prescribed. And many of those will overdose and die."

Trump pick for nonpartisan efficiency office active in partisan cases

11/5/2018
Bloomberg Law: Trump pick for nonpartisan efficiency office active in partisan cases by Robert Iafolla - “I would 100 percent expect him to withdraw as counsel in pending litigation if he’s confirmed to chair ACUS,” Allison Zieve, director of Public Citizen Litigation Group and an ACUS fellow, told Bloomberg Law.

Could New Drug Approved by FDA Make the Opioid Epidemic Worse?

11/5/2018
Rolling Stone: Could New Drug Approved by FDA Make the Opioid Epidemic Worse? by Amelia McDonell-Parry - Dr. Raeford Brown, the chairman of the FDA’s Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee (AADPAC), was not able to attend the meeting and vote in October due to a prior commitment, but he urged the agency’s top officials to reject Dsuvia in a strongly worded letter co-signed by leaders of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

FDA approves a powerful new opioid

11/5/2018
Martinsville Bulletin: FDA approves a powerful new opioid by Lenny Bernstein - "It is certain that Dsuvia will worsen the opioid epidemic and kill people needlessly," Sidney Wolfe, founder of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said in a statement. "It will be taken by medical personnel and others for whom it has not been prescribed. And many of those will overdose and die.

Super-Potent Opioid Wins FDA Approval

11/5/2018
Newser: Super-Potent Opioid Wins FDA Approval by Staff - "It is certain that Dsuvia will worsen the opioid epidemic and kill people needlessly," says Dr. Sidney Wolfe of the nonprofit Public Citizen's Health Research Group, per ABC News.

WALL STREET MOVES TO GUT POST-CRISIS FINANCIAL RULES

11/2/2018
The Intercept: WALL STREET MOVES TO GUT POST-CRISIS FINANCIAL RULES by Susan Antilla - The Fed proposal released in May offers new compliance exemptions that include trades that are made in error. Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate at Public Citizen, reminded regulators in his letter that it was trades by Nick Leeson in Barings Bank’s “Error Account 88888” — created by Leeson specifically to hide losses — that “collapsed the bank” in 1995.

Trump administration cuts Medicare payments for pricey new drugs

11/2/2018
Washington Examiner: Trump administration cuts Medicare payments for pricey new drugs by Phili Klein, Kimberly Leonard, Robert King - Dsuvia would be administered in a medically supervised setting, but the patient advocacy group Public Citizen said in a statement on Thursday that people will learn to abuse it and die.

Despite Warnings, FDA Approves Potent New Opioid Painkiller

11/2/2018
NPR: Despite Warnings, FDA Approves Potent New Opioid Painkiller by Jake Harper - Though the advisory committee ultimately voted in favor of the drug, Public Citizen contends the FDA sought to "tilt" the vote's outcome toward approval. Brown, the committee chief, who has been outspoken against certain opioids in the past, says he was unable to attend the advisory committee meeting on Oct. 12 because of a scheduling conflict that he had informed the FDA about months in advance.

FDA approves a powerful new opioid despite fears of more overdose deaths

11/2/2018
Washington Post: FDA approves a powerful new opioid despite fears of more overdose deaths by Lenny Bernstein - In a news release issued before Friday’s decision, Public Citizen contended that “if approved, Dsuvia will be abused and start killing people as soon as it hits the market.”

FDA Approves New Opioid Opposed by Markey and Others

11/2/2018
Regulatory Focus: FDA Approves New Opioid Opposed by Markey and Others by Zach Brennan - "It is likely, if not certain, that that Dsuvia will be banned after ‘enough’ such deaths occur and the inevitable House oversight hearings are held investigating why the FDA approved this opioid with no unique benefit but unique harms,” said Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior adviser of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.

FDA Clears Ultrapotent Opioid Despite Outsiders' Warnings

11/2/2018
MedPage Today: FDA Clears Ultrapotent Opioid Despite Outsiders' Warnings by Staff - Subscription required. 

Farmworkers in Florida will suffer because of climate change, report says

11/2/2018
Florida Phoenix: Farmworkers in Florida will suffer because of climate change, report says by CD Davidson-Hiers - The Farmworkers Association of Florida and national nonprofit political interest group Public Citizen co-authored the report.

Amid deepening addiction crisis, FDA approves powerful new opioid

11/2/2018
CNN: Amid deepening addiction crisis, FDA approves powerful new opioid by Debra Goldschmidt - But the criticism was quick. "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recklessly and needlessly endangering people by approving a super-strong opioid," a statement from the public advocacy group Public Citizen said in response to the approval. The group noted that Dsuvia is five to 10 times more powerful than fentanyl and 1,000 times more potent than morphine. "It is certain that Dsuvia will worsen the opioid epidemic and kill people needlessly," Dr. Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior adviser of Public Citizen's Health Research Group said.

FDA approves powerful new opioid in controversial move

11/2/2018
The Hill: FDA approves powerful new opioid in controversial move by Peter Sullivan - “It is certain that Dsuvia will worsen the opioid epidemic and kill people needlessly,” said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, founder of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “It will be taken by medical personnel and others for whom it has not been prescribed. And many of those will overdose and die.”

Amid opioid concerns, FDA approves Peninsula company's powerful painkiller

11/2/2018
San Franciso Business Times: Amid opioid concerns, FDA approves Peninsula company's powerful painkiller by Ron Leuty - Public Citizen and Dr. Raeford Brown Jr., a Kentucky anesthesiologist who has led past FDA advisory committees, last month urged in a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and other officials that the agency reject Dsuvia.

FDA approves powerful new opioid in "terrible" decision

11/2/2018
NBC: FDA approves powerful new opioid in "terrible" decision by Andrew Harnik - “This is a dangerous, reckless move,” said Dr. Sidney Wolfe senior adviser of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. He questions whether there’s need for yet another synthetic opioid when the U.S. is in the throes of an opioid overdose crisis.

Despite Warnings, FDA Approves Potent New Opioid Painkiller

11/2/2018
88.5 WFDD: Despite Warnings, FDA Approves Potent New Opioid Painkiller by Jake Harper - Dr. Sidney Wolfe, senior adviser to Public Citizen's Health Research Group, dismisses Palmer's claim that Dsuvia meets a crucial need. Along with Brown, the group sent a letter to the FDA expressing concerns about the drug.

FDA Goes Ahead With Approval of Sufentanil Despite Controversy

11/2/2018
Medscape: FDA Goes Ahead With Approval of Sufentanil Despite Controversy by Megan Brooks - "It is certain that Dsuvia will worsen the opioid epidemic and kill people needlessly," said Sidney Wolfe, MD, founder and senior adviser of Public Citizen's Health Research Group.

FDA OKs powerful opioid pill as alternative to IV painkiller

11/2/2018
AP: FDA OKs powerful opioid pill as alternative to IV painkiller by Linda Johnson - Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, a consumer group, called Gottlieb’s statement “empty rhetoric” and said the agency missed a big opportunity when it approved the pill.

FDA approves potent opioid amid national overdose crisis

11/2/2018
HealthExec: FDA approves potent opioid amid national overdose crisis by Amy Baxter - The FDA approved Dsuvia in a vote, despite objections from physicians and even the chair of the FDA advisory committee and the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

FDA OKs Powerful New Opioid Despite Criticisms

11/2/2018
WedMD: FDA OKs Powerful New Opioid Despite Criticisms by E.J. Mundell - The consumer watchdog group Public Citizen has also come out strongly against approval. In a statement issued Friday, the group contended that, "if approved, Dsuvia will be abused and start killing people as soon as it hits the market."