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2013-04-18 20:25:07

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers Union urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today to adopt a proposed rule requiring metal hip implants to be reviewed through the agency's premarket approval (PMA) process to prove that the devices are safe and effective. In a comment letter to the FDA signed by more than 11,000 consumers, Consumers Union called on the agency to re-classify all high risk implantable medical devices under the PMA process so clinical...

2013-03-19 12:20:12

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a Senate hearing on the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways to be held today, Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, will raise concerns about the deal's potential impact on consumers. William J. McGee, travel and aviation consultant for Consumers Union, has noted, "With each mega-merger in the airline industry, we've been told competition will be enhanced and consumers will be better served, and each...

2013-02-21 12:25:50

Health and Consumer Advocates Discuss Promise of Health Information Technology, Express Concern about Unequal Access to Emerging Resources OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Communities of color could see significant improvements in their health through strategic use of emerging technologies in health care, according to a new report, Equity in the Digital Age: How Health Information Technology Can Reduce Disparities. The report was released today by health and...

2013-02-12 12:25:36

But Most Hospitals Have Not Shown Statistically Significant Improvement Since Five Years Ago; More Effort Needed To Protect Patients WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued today shows that the number of central line-associated bloodstream infections in hospitals nationwide has been reduced markedly. More modest reductions have been achieved in certain surgical site infections and urinary tract...

2012-12-21 16:22:32

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In comments filed today with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, praised the proposed rules that will provide consistent standards for measuring coverage and making it easier for consumers to compare health plan options. The group commended the robust standards for measuring health plan value, but warned regulators about giving insurers too much flexibility when it...

2012-11-12 12:25:48

Consumer Group Highlights The Overuse of Drugs In Food Animals During CDC's "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" YONKERS, N.Y., Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, today called for a major reduction in the use of antibiotics in food animal production because their overuse promotes the spread of drug-resistant superbugs and makes antibiotics less effective for people. Consumers Union is calling attention to the overuse...

2012-11-07 08:31:02

Measure Would Have Required Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California's Proposition 37, which would have required clear labels on genetically engineered food, was defeated following a $45 million opposition campaign financed by chemical and agribusiness industry opponents. Supporters of the measure pledged to continue their campaign to enact labeling requirements for genetically engineered food despite the setback in...

2012-10-16 11:26:22

Waxman Bill Aims to Help Document How Overuse of Drugs In Food Animals Contributes to Antibiotic-Resistance LOS ANGELES, Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, announced its support today for legislation Representative Henry Waxman intends to introduce in Congress that will help the Food and Drug Administration better understand how the overuse of antibiotics in food animals is making these drugs less effective for...

2012-09-27 02:24:00

YONKERS, N.Y., Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the calendar counts down to open enrollment season for health insurance, consumers are beginning to think more about their health insurance options. And many of them may be wondering how the changes brought about by the health reform law will affect them and their families now and in the future. To help answer those questions, Consumer Reports is releasing a new guide, "Health Reform: The Seven Things You Need to Know."...

2012-09-26 10:20:54

Children's Contest Will Award $250 to Winner of Energy Efficiency Video WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new energy efficiency contest, "America's Cutest Lil' Energy Savers" will be launched by Green America and Consumers Union on October 1, 2012. Open to the public and with prizes up to $250, the contest will consist of children's video entries detailing how households can save energy. Video submissions can be made from October 1(st) through October...