October 26

Consumers Union launches "Prescription for Change" drug information Campaign

Consumers Union launches “Prescription for Change” drug information Campaign

Mon, 13 Dec 2004

The Alliance for Human Research Protection applauds Consumers Union for joining and amplifying our efforts to promote open access and full disclosure of research information affecting the health and welfare of consumers young and old. Specifically, Consumers Union has launched a campaign–PrescriptionForChange.org – which will provide timely information about prescription drug issues and information about current efforts at the state and federal level, whose purpose is to improve safety, effectiveness, and access to medicines.

Both AHRP and Consumers Union are committed to debunking misleading drug advertisements that are being disseminated by pharmaceutical companies – apparently with FDA’s blessing, or at least without FDA interference. See AHRP letter of complaint to the FDA RE: Pfizer Zoloft ad in the New York Times (10/2004) which failed to disclose the FDA-required warnings issued in March: https://ahrp.org/infomail/04/11/01.php

AHRP and Consumers Union are committed to providing the public with complete information about drug side-effects and nega tive (failed) clinical trials. We urge you to take action on Consumers Union website which provides information about and a way for consumers to contact elected officials about the importance of safe, effective, and affordable drugs. See: https://secure2.convio.net/cu/site/Advocacy?page=ActionAlertTakenPage&id=267

Contact: Vera Hassner Sharav

About the Prescription for Change campaign

PrescriptionForChange.org is a project of Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports. The campaign’s goal is to give all consumers access to safe, effective, and affordable prescription drugs. Many people have trouble getting the medications they need because they cost too much or their health plan won’t pay for them. Some people have trouble with specific medications because they learn of side effects or they don’t get complete information from an advertisement.

PrescriptionForChange.org provides consumers with timely information about prescription drug issues and information about current efforts at the state and federal level to improve safety, effectiveness, and access to medicines. We also provide information about and a way for consumers to contact elected officials about the importance of safe, effective, and affordable drugs.

Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, is an independent, nonprofit testing and information organization serving only consumers. We are a comprehensive source for unbiased advice about products and services, personal finance, health and nutrition, and other consumer concerns. Since 1936, our mission has been to test products, inform the public, and protect consumers. Our income is derived solely from the sale of Consumer Reports and our other services, and from noncommercial contributions, grants, and fees. Consumers Union is governed by a board of 18 directors, who are elected by CU members and meet three times a year. Consumers Union’s President, Jim Guest, oversees a staff of more than 450.

We report on current issues of concern to consumers. Our staff of researchers, editors, and consumer advocates brings you in-depth information on matters that affect your health, your money, and your well-being.

Our three advocacy offices and Consumer Policy Institute address the crucial task of influencing policy that affects consumers, which is so integral to Consumers Union’s mission.

Consumers Union’s advocates deal with consumer issues that are regional, national, and even international in scope from their offices in Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, California; and Austin, Texas. They testify before Federal and state legislative and regulatory bodies, petition government agencies, and file lawsuits on behalf of the consumer interest.

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