Since our founding in 1971, Public Citizen has worked to ensure the safety and effectiveness of prescription drugs. When the pharmaceutical industry provides false or misleading information to doctors or patients, we act. We have helped force dozens of dangerous drugs off the market and ensured stronger warnings on many others.
What you can do
Using research, analysis, petitions, and media outreach, our doctors and medical experts push to have dangerous medications taken off the market or their use limited.
Sounding the Alarm on Dangerous Gout Medication
Public Citizen urged the FDA to remove from the market the widely-used gout medication febuxostat because it poses unique, serious risks and offers no unique benefit.
Seeking a Ban of Dangerous Chemical Promoted to Treat Cancer
We successfully petitioned the FDA to ban pharmacy compounding of cesium chloride because it does not treat or prevent cancer and is unsafe for human use.