Consumers Union hosted its first-ever Activist Summit this week in which 50 activists from all over the country came to learn, meet each other and speak out for change in Washington–especially change in our drug safety laws.

Within the course of two days:

Fifty citizen activists visited their Senators and Representatives to talk about drug safety legislation, hospital infections, financial privacy and car safety & children.
Click here to meet the activists!

A full-page ad ran in USA Today highlighting Patricia Slingo’s personal experience (one of you, our activists), with a strong message to the entire nation about the need for the disclosure of clinical trial research findings and better drug safety.

NBC featured a story about drug safety issues with statements by Patricia Slingo and CU President Jim Guest.

Jim Guest was interviewed specifically about the pending drug safety reform legislation – on CNBC.

Consumers Union and a number of key lawmakers called a press conference on the need for drug safety reform, with statements by Congressman Edward Markey, Jim Guest, and Patricia Slingo, Kim Witzcak and Kathy Harter – activists who each had a story to tell about undisclosed drug side effects. See the Consumers Union’s news Release here.

Even as our activists delivered our drug safety message to lawmakers and their staff in individual offices, many of us attended an important public hearing in the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee on the very drug safety reform legislation we’ve been fighting for. CU President Jim Guest was invited to give testimony at the hearing, and spoke about the dire need for reforms in our drug safety system. Check out this clip of Congressman Markey questioning a pharmaceutical representative. Go Congressman!

It was inspiring to have so many people working together in different capacities to bring the importance of drug safety reform to the forefront. Thanks to everyone who came and spoke out!