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Congress puts pharma before patient safety with 21st Century Cures

A bill in Congress has several key provisions that would significantly weaken consumer protections and lead to patients being exposed to potentially unsafe or ineffective drugs and medical devices. Tell your Senators you support safe, effective, and affordable cures.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 in Drugs, Hip and Knee Replacement | No Comments »

Guest post: Einstein, Secrecy and the Medical Board of California

Guest post by Rae Greulich, member of Consumers Union’s California Safe Patient Network “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” –Albert Einstein In an attempt to drive home the responsibility of first line health care workers to care meticulously for hospital inpatients, a California physician asked his staff Continue Reading

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, August 28th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

Safe Patient Project Director Makes Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare”

Lisa McGiffert, Director of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project, was recognized in Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list. We couldn’t be more proud.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Consumer Reports Survey Shows Americans Affected by Drug Price Increases

One third of Americans in a recent Consumer Reports poll are facing higher prices for their medications. Our advice can help you avoid sticker shock.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, August 21st, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Docs on Probation: Over 5,100 Californians’ signatures presented to Medical Board of California

Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project Director, Lisa McGiffert, presented over 5,100 Californians’ signatures to the Medical Board of California.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, August 7th, 2015 in Doctor Accountability | No Comments »

“Mom, You Have to Trust Me”: Safe Patient Activist Published by JAMA Internal Medicine

Mary Brennan-Taylor, an activist with the Safe Patient Project since the tragic death of her mother in 2009, has just had an article published by JAMA Internal Medicine, wherein she details in a powerful narrative the sequence of events that took her mother’s life.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, August 7th, 2015 in Hospital Infections/ Superbugs, Medical Errors | No Comments »

Consumer Reports Rates Over 3,000 Hospitals On Infection Prevention

The first report of its kind, Consumer Reports has utilized CDC data on C-diff and MRSA infections to develop Ratings for more than 3,000 hospitals across the country.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 in Hospital Infections/ Superbugs | No Comments »

A Tale of Two State Agencies: A Story of a Doctor on Probation

Docs on Probation guest post by Michele Monserratt-Ramos, an activist with Consumers Union California Safe Patient Project.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, July 24th, 2015 in Doctor Accountability | 4 Comments »

Surgeon Scorecard: ProPublica Releases Complication Rates of 17,000 Surgeons Nationwide

ProPublica, an investigative non-profit newsroom, has released a new report publicizing the comparative individual data of the complication rates of upwards of 17,000 surgeons.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Friday, July 17th, 2015 in Doctor Accountability | 1 Comment »

Safe Patient Activist Calls Attention to #DocsOnProbation Campaign in New Op-Ed

Marian Hollingsworth, an invaluable member of our California Safe Patient Network and active with our Docs on Probation campaign, is broadcasting our ongoing fight for patient safety in a new op-ed published by the Sacramento Bee.

Posted by Daniela Nuñez on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 in Doctor Accountability | No Comments »
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