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  • Consumer voices to be heard at national hospital infection meeting

    Meet the eleven consumer advocates who will be attending a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)hospital infection meeting this week.

  • “It’s not just statistics…it’s somebody’s Mom”

    Hospital infections leave a lasting impact on the individuals and families who had to experience them. For Mary Brennan-Taylor, hospital infections took the life of her mother, Alice Brennan, who passed away in 2009 after entering the hospital for pain and swelling in her leg.

  • Swine flu victim dies from hospital acquired infection

    New York swine flu patient dies from a hospital-acquired infection in a local ICU where she had been successfully treated for swine flu.

  • California Pharmacy Board Should Support Safer Medication Labels

    Guest blog post written by Syed Sayeed, Policy Analyst at Consumers Union’s West Coast Office. CU is calling on California residents to submit comments to the Pharmacy Board by March 10th, in support of requiring all pharmacies to print important label information in at least a 12-point font size.

  • Patient Safety Activists Represent Consumers at Presidential Health Care Forum

    Four patient safety activists – all who have been personally affected by medical harm – were among the 164 participants in ABC’s televised health care forum held with President Obama. Understandably, they came armed with questions but didn’t get to ask them. So we wanted to give them a chance to get their questions in front of the public and lawmakers here on this blog.

  • NYT calls for doctors to be included in Medicare non-payment rules

    The New York Times came out Sunday with a strong call for making the new Medicare rule to stop paying for care needed after hospitals harm their patients apply to physicians too, stating the current policy lets “doctors off scot-free.”

  • Drugmakers in hot water with NY Attorney General

    A newly released study indicates that Vytorin, an expensive new cholesterol drug, is no more effective than an older drug Zocor. Although the drug makers got these results in April 2006, they failed to release them to doctors and the public–meanwhile earning $5 billion in revenue from sales of this drug last year. Sadly, we’re not shocked.

  • Buried data on antidepressants

    The New England Journal of Medicine issued a report that said a third of FDA-registered studies on popular antidepressants went unpublished.

  • Great drug safety article in the New Yorker today – check it out!

    In today’s New Yorker magazine is an article that describes the status of our current prescription drug approval and montitoring process so well it could be called What’s-Wrong-With-Our-Drug-Safety-System-For-Dummies… and I don’t mean that as an insult! Can we try to get this in the hands of every House member before

  • Avandia added to the growing list of drugs that just might kill you

    You can’t pick up a paper or turn on the news this week without hearing about Avandia, the latest blockbuster drug in the spotlight for potentially deadly side effects. This treatment, prescribed to about 6 million diabetics since 1999, is likely to increase cardiovascular disease and heart attacks in its users.

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News Articles

  • Lockport woman’s loss becomes a lesson for all in the health care industry
    Source: Buffalo News (Sunday September 7, 2014)

    Buffalo News highlights the patient safety advocacy of Mary Brennan-Taylor, a member of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project activist network.

  • Surveys give low grades to ENH Lockport
    Source: Lockport Journal (Sunday August 17, 2014)

    Patient safety advocate Mary Brennan-Taylor (member of CU’s Safe Patient Project network) and Consumer Reports’ John Santa quoted on controversy surrounding a Lockport hospital’s poor patient safety scores by Consumer Reports.

  • 3 local hospitals get low grades from Consumer Reports
    Source: The Journal News (Thursday March 27, 2014)

    News coverage of Consumer Reports’ latest hospital safety ratings. Three local hospitals were among seven in the New York metro area that scored 30 or below on a 100-point scale.

  • C. diff in Our Kids: A Call to Action
    Source: CDC (Friday March 7, 2014)

    Guest blog post for CDC by Christian Lillis, co-founder of the NY-based patient safety organization, Peggy Lillis Foundation. Christian is a member of CU’s Safe Patient Project activist network.

  • CDC: Antibiotic Overuse Can Be Lethal
    Source: Wall Street Journal (Tuesday March 4, 2014)

    The overuse of antibiotics in U.S. hospitals is putting patients at risk and helping to fuel the creation of deadly superbugs, according to a government report released Tuesday. NY patient safety advocate and member of CU’s Safe Patient Project network, Mary Brennan-Taylor, quoted. Mary lost her mother in 2009 after she was diagnosed with multiple hospital infections.

  • Doctors Start C-Section on Not-Pregnant Patient
    Source: NBC New York (Friday April 27, 2012)

    Doctors at a Manhattan hospital began cutting into a patient for a C-section only to discover the patient was not pregnant, a News 4 I-Team investigation has found.

  • Article by Christian Lillis: Slaughter doing her part to fight superbugs
    Source: Democrat and Chronicle (Sunday September 29, 2013)

    Christian Lillis of NY, who lost his mother to C.diff infection and formed the Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation, says that Rep. Louise Slaughter is a leader in fighting antibiotic resistant superbugs. C.diff is a potentially deadly infection that kills thousands of Americans every year. Luckily the infection is preventable through handwashing and better use of antibiotics.

  • Peggy Lillis Foundation Keeps Roots in Park Slope
    Source: ParkSlopePatch (Friday September 20, 2013)

    The Park Slope Patch featured the Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation, formed by Christian Lillis of New York after the death of his mother from C.diff, a potentially deadly healthcare infection. Christian is a member of CU’s Safe Patient Project network.

  • St. Joe's "dead" patient awoke as docs prepared to remove organs
    Source: Syracuse Post-Standard (Sunday July 7, 2013)

    The NY state Health Department fined St. Joseph’s Hospital $22,000 for nearly removing organs from a patient who was alive in 2009. Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project Director, Lisa McGiffert, quoted.

  • Survey of New York City Resident Physicians on Cause-of-Death Reporting, 2010
    Source: CDC (Thursday May 9, 2013)

    Study: NYC Resident Physicians Admit to Reporting Incorrect Causes of Death on Death Certificates

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