Drug industry lobbyists have been crawling all over Congress for months to make sure their interests are favored over consumers’ in the reauthorization of our federal drug-safety laws.
Missing from these conversations are the millions of us who take, pay for, and are bombarded by endless TV drug ads. Not to mention those who have suffered life-altering effects after taking unsafe drugs. These laws are supposed to ensure that the drugs we’re prescribed are safe -- and do what they claim. Make sure you get your say in these negotiations!
We saw how dangerous unsafe drugs can be just three years ago, when 149 Americans died after using contaminated heparin from China. Some 80 percent of active pharmaceutical ingredients in the U.S. are manufactured outside the country. The new laws should make sure drug imports are safe, that the FDA can recall harmful medicines on the market, and that all those drug ads on TV and the Internet are regulated.
Send an email to lawmakers in Congress who must approve these new drug laws so they can make sure your concerns are represented!
When physicians provide poor quality care, their patients are typically the last to know. Some physician backgrounds may be available in your state, but can you tell which ones have the most complaints, malpractice claims or disciplinary actions? Knowing the background information on your doctor could save your life.
Americans have suffered and lost their lives because they are not given ALL information about risks by either manufacturers or the FDA. Pharmaceutical companies should be accountable for safety problems, and not keep drug risks hidden from the public. Medical device companies should respond to malfunctioning implants.
Hospital acquired infections are a leading cause of death in the U.S. Consumers Union supports public disclosure of infection rates so that you can choose the safest hospital and hospitals will have an incentive to improve.
Wrong surgery, wrong medication, serious bedsores... Unsafe practices and poor quality care kill 98,000 patients each year and waste billions of dollars every year. What information do you have about the safety of your hospital? What protections do you have if the hospital makes a mistake with you?