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Consumers Union Documents

  • Consumers Union Letter to FDA Commissioner on Avandia drug safety

    In light of the credible estimates of possible continuing harm to patients caused by Avandia (diabetes medication) and the fact that there are readily available alternative treatments, Consumers Union recommends that the FDA make a decision by May on whether the drug’s sales and use should continue in the U.S.

Blog Posts

  • Even doctors are prescribed unnecessary antibiotics

    Dr. Kevin Kavanagh woke up one morning with a sore throat and felt weak. He did what many of us would do in that situation: go to the doctor.

  • Medical-Device Merger Could Eliminate Field’s Only Warranty

    Most of the press attention to the upcoming merger between Zimmer and Biomet, two leading medical-device manufacturers, has been focused on the $13 billion price tag and the fact that the two companies are crosstown rivals, both headquartered in the same small Indiana town.  If it’s approved by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the merger Continue Reading

  • Should TV drug ads shorten list of side effects?

    We’ve all been there. You’re sitting on your couch watching a good TV show and it’s interrupted by a drug company commercial claiming to have an answer to a fill-in-the-blank condition. A funny-sounding drug name is revealed followed by a recital of drug side effects, some which can sound pretty scary. Do you get confused Continue Reading

  • On the road with the Safe Patient Project

    Our mission: ask a large gathering of orthopedic surgeons how long hip and knee implants should be warrantied.

  • Consumer Reports: Warranties for Artificial Hips and Knees Needed

    This week, Consumer Reports released a TV story that discussed the lack of warranties for artificial hips and knees, and Consumer Reports’ nationwide hospital ratings for hip and knee replacement surgery (available to subscribers of ConsumerReports.org).

Research and Reports