Unproven or unnecessary medical treatments and procedures not only can fail to help patients, but also can expose them to avoidable serious harm. Public Citizen protects patients by monitoring drugs, devices, dietary supplements and other areas in which patients may be subject to potentially harmful treatments or procedures.
We expose unnecessary or unproven drugs, devices and dietary supplements on the market, and other treatments and procedures in which the potential risks outweigh the benefits.
Petition to Ban Benzocaine Products for Teething in Infants
We successfully petitioned the FDA to ban benzocaine products for treating teething in infants because they can kill infants and are ineffective.
Florida Clinic Deceived Patients About Cancer Treatment
Public Citizen exposed a medical center that deceived patients about the safety and benefits of an illegal heart-toxic drug, called cesium chloride, for treating cancer.