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2012-03-22 06:26:32

Mobile Payments Offer New Options For Making Purchases But Consumer Protections Haven't Kept Pace With New Technologies WASHINGTON, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Suzanne Martindale, staff attorney for Consumers Union, the advocacy and policy arm of Consumer Reports, will testify at a House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions hearing on March 22, about the growing mobile payment options in the U.S. and their impact on consumers. Martindale's testimony highlights some of...

2012-03-20 06:26:07

Industry Pressure Stymies Patient Protections In Draft House and Senate Medical Device Bills WASHINGTON, March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new Consumer Reports poll shows overwhelming public support for strong medical device safety oversight. The poll was released just as House and Senate Committees have issued draft legislation to reauthorize the statute governing medical devices and at a time when the FDA's process for reviewing new implants has come under intense...

2012-03-06 09:18:00

Study Finds Progress But Patients Need Greater Access To Their Electronic Medical Data & Stronger Privacy Protections SAN FRANCISCO, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health care organizations need to do more to help patients realize the full benefits of electronic data from emerging health information exchange systems, according to a new study commissioned by Consumers Union that appears in the March 2012 Health Affairs. The study examines how well five major California...

2012-02-29 09:56:00

FDA Should Do More Rigorous Testing To Prove Medical Device Is Safe & Effective WASHINGTON, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A coalition of patient, consumer, and public health groups urged the FDA today to require more rigorous testing before a medical device used for addressing complications from aneurysm treatments can be sold. The FDA recently announced that it granted approval for the new device after a small study of only 10 women and 144 men, under a...

2012-02-15 08:51:00

Congress Shouldn't Sacrifice Patient Safety In The Drive to Speed Up Medical Device Approvals, CU Says WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lisa Swirsky, senior health policy analyst for Consumers Union, will urge Congress today to strengthen medical device safety oversight in testimony before the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee. The subcommittee will hold a hearing on the reauthorization of the Medical Device User Fee Act beginning at 10:15 AM in Room...

2012-02-08 08:15:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ConsumerWatchdogWatch.com, a new website that exposes ConsumerWatchdog as a "pay to play" organization that generates millions of dollars for itself in fundraising schemes without revealing its special interest donors, was launched today. The website includes records of fines levied by the California Fair Political Practices Commission against the organization, a detailed accounting of the millions of dollars in funds it collects for itself...

2012-02-07 08:00:00

Consumer Group Teams Up With Patient Safety Activists To Urge Congress to Strengthen Medical Device Oversight WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the debate in Congress over reauthorizing the statute governing medical devices intensifies, Consumers Union is stepping up its campaign to strengthen the law to better protect patients from potential safety risks. This week, Consumers Union's Safe Patient Project is bringing eight patient safety activists from around the...

2012-02-02 05:00:00

Millions of appliance units recalled in the past five years for defects that could cause a fire; Eight ways consumers can protect themselves YONKERS, N.Y., Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Appliances can pose a fire hazard even when they are not in use according to a recent investigation by Consumer Reports. While human error can play a role, especially in fires involving cooking appliances and clothes dryers, Consumer Reports' in-depth analysis of federal fire data...

2012-02-01 08:28:00

Infection Disclosure Is A Milestone Following A Multi-Year Campaign By Consumer Advocates to Make Information Public WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Health & Human Services is now disclosing for the first time how hospitals across the country compare when it comes to central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive care units, according to Consumers Union. CLABSI information for each hospital is posted on the...

2012-01-17 05:04:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Among all adults who are familiar with them, the American Red Cross, the Consumers Union, the Nature Conservancy, American Public Transportation Association and AARP are seen as the most trusted among 12 large organizations that have considerable influence on public policy, business and are frequently reported on in the media. Conversely, the AFL-CIO, PhRMA, the NRA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are perceived to be the least trusted....