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State Disclosure Reports

  • Hospital-acquired Infections NY State 2014
  • New York Hospital-Acquired Infections Reports
    Source: New York State Department of Health (Saturday September 1, 2012)

Consumers Union Documents

  • Response to Consumer Reports’ questions from Brooklyn Hospital Center
    Posted 09/28/15 at 11:55 am
    The Low-Down Dozen: Hospital responses to CR (Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY)
  • State Medical Error Report Links
    Posted 08/04/14 at 3:55 am
    Reports from the states with laws requiring public reporting of medical errors.
  • New York-area hospitals do poorly in patient safety (report)
    Posted 03/02/12 at 11:28 am
    Consumer Reports rates hospitals in and around the Big Apple. Many hospitals in the New York City area do a poor job on four key measures of patient safety, according to a new Consumer Reports investigation.
  • New York City hospitals do poorly in patient safety
    Posted at 11:25 am
    Consumer Reports issues safety ratings for New York City-area hospitals. Of the 50 lowest-scoring hospitals nationwide in four key patient safety measures, 30 were in the New York City area, which includes the five boroughs as well as neighboring communities in Westchester, Long Island, and New Jersey. And the five lowest-rated hospitals nationally were all in the NYC area, too.
  • State Hospital Infection Public Reporting Laws
    Posted 05/15/09 at 4:49 pm
    Summary of state laws hospital infection reporting laws.
  • Testimony of Jim Guest President, Consumers Union, before the House
    Posted 06/15/07 at 4:26 pm
    On PDUFA, Risk Evaluation & Mitigation Strategies, Clinical Trials, and Advisory Committee Conflicts.
  • Battle for drug safety moves to House floor
    Posted 05/18/07 at 3:38 pm
    A March 2007 Consumer Reports national poll found that more than 60 percent of Americans agree that the Food and Drug Administration and Congress have failed to adequately protect them from harmful prescription drugs.
  • Cost of hospital infections in New York
    Posted 04/13/05 at 11:53 am
    An analysis by Assemblyman Pete Grannis estimates the state and local Medicaid cost of hospital infections is $100-$200 million each year.
  • Requiring Drug Companies to Disclose Marketing Expenditures to Physicians
    Posted 01/27/05 at 12:47 pm
    Drug marketing emphasizes the latest and most expensive drugs even though these drugs may not be the best in their category according to the medical evidence.

Consumers Union News Releases

  • Consumers Union Statement on IOM Medical Device Study
    Posted 07/28/11 at 4:52 pm
    The medical device industry lobby has criticized a report on medical device regulation before it was published.
  • New York report details hospital infection rates
    Posted 06/30/09 at 1:25 pm
    Infection program serves as model because NY invested resources to assist hospitals and validate data
  • In Light of Celebrex News, Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs Urges Patients to Talk to Their Doctors about Alternatives
    Posted 12/22/04 at 7:36 pm
    Web site chooses generic ibuprofen and generic salsalate as Best Buy Drugs

Blog Posts

  • “Mom, You Have to Trust Me”: Safe Patient Activist Published by JAMA Internal Medicine
    Posted 08/07/15 at 12:46 pm
    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.
  • You Saved New York’s Physician Profile Website!
    Posted 04/12/15 at 9:02 pm
    Thanks to your support, we convinced New York lawmakers to keep New York’s Physician Profile website.
  • Consumer voices to be heard at national hospital infection meeting
    Posted 09/13/11 at 6:25 pm
    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”
    Posted 08/18/11 at 5:02 pm
    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
    Posted 08/15/11 at 5:35 pm
    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
    Posted 03/02/10 at 4:49 pm
    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
    Posted 07/08/09 at 5:10 pm
    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
    Posted 10/06/08 at 1:15 pm
    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
    Posted 01/28/08 at 10:23 am
    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
    Posted 01/22/08 at 4:42 pm
    The New England Journal of Medicine issued a report that said a third of FDA-registered studies on popular antidepressants went unpublished.