Health Research Group Publications

 

Founded in 1971 by Sidney Wolfe, M.D. and Ralph Nader, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group promotes research-based, system-wide changes in health-care policy and drug safety. The work that we have done since 1995 is listed on this page in chronological order.

Public Citizen and 13 other groups sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary urging him to request that the HHS Inspector General launch an investigation into the conduct of National Institutes of Health (NIH) officials who allegedly were involved in soliciting donations from alcoholic beverage companies to fund a major study that is intended to assess the health effects of moderate alcohol consumption.

[Created on 4/11/2018]

Public Citizen calls on the Louisiana State Legislature to reject Senate Bill No. 286 because it would seriously compromise patient safety in Louisiana. In particular, multiple provisions of the proposed legislation would substantially impede the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners’ ability to appropriately investigate allegations of physician incompetence or unprofessional conduct and thereby to protect the public from dangerous doctors.

[Created on 4/10/2018]

In light of the disturbing revelations that National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Director Dr. George Koob has been doing the bidding of the alcohol industry, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Frances Collins should immediately demand his resignation or fire him.

[Created on 4/5/2018]

In testimony before a meeting of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee, Public Citizen urged the committee to recommend that the FDA reject WorldMeds’s new drug application for lofexidine for the symptomatic treatment of opioid withdrawal because the maximum dose for which approval is being sought is significantly more dangerous but no more effective than lower doses used in the UK.

[Created on 3/27/2018]

In a letter to the editor of The Washington Post, Public Citizen attacked National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins’s plan for an internal investigation into allegations that senior NIH officials orchestrated a concerted campaign to obtain funding from the alcoholic beverage industry for a $100 million study of the health effects of moderate alcohol consumption.

[Created on 3/25/2018]

In response to an announcement by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) director that he had initiated an internal investigation into the conduct of NIH officials who allegedly were involved in soliciting donations from alcoholic beverage companies to fund a major study on the health effects of moderate alcohol consumption, Public Citizen urged the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General not to allow this announcement to dissuade him from opening the type of independent Inspector General’s investigation that these circumstances demand.

[Created on 3/22/2018]

The House’s passage of the seriously flawed False Hope legislation takes us one step closer to the creation of a dangerous, uncharted pathway for accessing experimental medications that have not been shown to be safe or effective.

[Created on 3/21/2018]

Public Citizen called on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General to immediately launch a formal investigation into the conduct of National Institutes of Health (NIH) officials who allegedly were involved in soliciting donations from alcoholic beverage companies to fund a major study that is intended to assess the health effects of moderate alcohol consumption.

[Created on 3/19/2018]

In an invited commentary for the Association of Health Care Journalists’ (AHCJ’s) Sunshine Week, Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, discuss Public Citizen’s updated report cataloging all major financial settlements that the pharmaceutical industry has been forced to sign with federal and state governments from 1991 through 2017 for illegal activities.

[Created on 3/14/2018]

Public Citizen published a report that catalogues all major financial settlements and court judgments between pharmaceutical companies and federal and state governments from 1991 through 2017. The report found that drugmakers entered into 412 settlements totaling $38.6 billion in criminal and civil penalties, but that the number and size of federal and state settlements against the pharmaceutical industry remained low in 2016 and 2017, with federal criminal penalties nearly disappearing.

[Created on 3/14/2018]

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