Public Citizen v. HHS
- Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief (02/06/2003)
Public Citizen filed a suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) because the Food and Drug Administration — a part of HHS — was not requesting public comment on rules regarding patient information leaflets that are distributed with prescription drugs by pharmacists, instead relying on a faulty private sector program that does not give patients the vital drug safety information they need. The agency's refusal to request comment violated a statute passed in 1996. Shortly after we filed suit, the agency agreed to hold a public meeting to solicit public comment.