September 2015 media hits

Public Citizen is mentioned, or its experts quoted, every day in print and broadcast media around the world. Below are links to some of the recent stories in which we have appeared.

New Paxil Warnings For Teens Prompt Fury From Former Patients

9/29/2015
International Business Times: New Paxil Warnings For Teens Prompt Fury From Former Patients by Amy Nordrum - The company has also settled multiple class action lawsuits in which plaintiffs argued that Paxil was dangerous and ineffective for adolescents and children, including a $63.8 million agreement with consumer watchdog group Public Citizen in 2007.

SEC Touts Inflated Numbers to Look Way Tougher Than It Is

9/29/2015
The Intercept: SEC Touts Inflated Numbers to Look Way Tougher Than It Is by David Dayem - “That a government agency charged with insuring the integrity of corporate reporting should fudge its own numbers is troubling,” said Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate for Public Citizen.

The unexpected upshot of John Boehner’s ouster: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is in danger

9/29/2015
Salon: The unexpected upshot of John Boehner’s ouster: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is in danger by David Dayen - Trade expert Lori Wallach of Public Citizen puts the earliest possible date at Feb. 15. And these are based on very accelerated timelines that assume no slip-ups or delays when the legal text gets scrubbed.

White House hopes for final deal in days on Asia-Pacific free-trade accord

9/29/2015
Washington Post: White House hopes for final deal in days on Asia-Pacific free-trade accord by David Nakamura - Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, another source of vehement opposition to the deal, noted in a memo for reporters that all of the House members are up for reelection next year, raising the specter that some who supported fast-track authority could look more skeptically at the TPP deal.

Poll shows bipartisan voter support for corporate giving rule

9/28/2015
The Hill: Poll shows bipartisan voter support for corporate giving rule by Lydia Wheeler - Given the findings of the poll, Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, said SEC Chair Mary Jo White should move forward with a rulemaking. “With ever growing support, the question has become what excuse does Chair White have not to proceed rather than why doesn’t she act,” she said. “We hope she heeds the groundswell of public and investor demand and holds roundtables to begin thinking seriously about how best to move this rule.”

TPP round kicks off in Atlanta

9/28/2015
Politico: TPP round kicks off in Atlanta by Victoria Guida - Public Citizen put out its own exhaustive list ahead of what it called the “latest” final TPP meeting.

Hillary Clinton Prescription Drug Plan Challenges Past Policies of Bill and Hillary Clinton

9/25/2015
International Business Times: Hillary Clinton Prescription Drug Plan Challenges Past Policies of Bill and Hillary Clinton by David Sirota - The consumer watchdog group Public Citizen said a recent leak of the still-secret partnership's text shows it would “reduce the capability of the government to negotiate lower prices” by subjecting them to trade rules.

Medical Panel Calls for Further Study of Bayer Sterility Device

9/24/2015
Wall Street Journal: Medical Panel Calls for Further Study of Bayer Sterility Device by Tom Burton - Sarah Sorscher, of Public Citizen Health Research Group in Washington, said abdominal pain and pain severity weren't systematically measured in the original device trials that led to Essure's approval. She told of one early patient, Kim Hudak, who reported pain but said her doctor didn't record it.

Women Complain to FDA About Birth Control Device

9/24/2015
Associated Press: Women Complain to FDA About Birth Control Device - The advocacy group Public Citizen also pressed for the device to be taken off the market. "The device causes long-term, debilitating pain and other chronic adverse effects in some users. Additionally, Public Citizen raised significant concerns regarding how serious adverse events and patient satisfaction were assessed during clinical testing of the device," the group said.

Congress, not agencies, to blame for regulation delays

9/24/2015
The Hill: Congress, not agencies, to blame for regulation delays - op-ed by Amit Narang

Volkswagen Diesel Scandal: Is The EPA Partly To Blame?

9/24/2015
International Business Times: Volkswagen Diesel Scandal: Is The EPA Partly To Blame? by Cole Stangler - Still, Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, said it’s unfair “to claim the EPA is responsible for a very sophisticated deception.”

Volkswagen executives must go to jail for 'truly heinous crimes' says Public Citizen

9/23/2015
International Business Times VW scandal: Volkswagen executives must go to jail for 'truly heinous crimes' says Public Citizen by Alistair Charlton - "If all this is true – and Volkswagen has admitted to installing software designed to evade emissions rules – then these crimes are truly heinous. Not only did the company deliberately deceive consumers, but Volkswagen consciously poisoned the air with gases that cause respiratory illness and exacerbate climate change," said Robert Weissman.

As VW Scandal Unfolds, Ripple Effect Extends Through Entire Auto Industry

9/22/2015
Common Dreams: As VW Scandal Unfolds, Ripple Effect Extends Through Entire Auto Industry by Deirdre Fulton - "Justice demands a sharp break from the kid-glove, coddling treatment that the U.S. Department of Justice has shown to corporate criminals over the past decade," said Public Citizen president Robert Weissman. "Assuming the allegations are true, this is a premeditated, intentional act designed to circumvent the law, with callous disregard for the fact that the vehicles were poisoning people and the planet in the process."

Jeb Bush says regulation changes can lift wages

9/22/2015
Bloomberg: Jeb Bush says regulation changes can lift wages by Michael C. Bender - Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate at Public Citizen, a Washington-based nonprofit, called Bush’s plan a “big business wish list” that “propagates the myth” that a strong economy can’t exist without tough regulations.

Drug price hike with Peter Mabarduk of Public Citizen

9/22/2015
KGO: Drug price hike with Peter Mabarduk of Public Citizen -

F.D.A. Nominee Califf's Ties to Drug Makers Worry Some

9/19/2015
The New York Times: F.D.A. Nominee Califf's Ties to Drug Makers Worry Some by Sabrina Tavernise- - “He has amassed an extensive record of close collaboration with industry, through consulting fees, speaking fees and research grants supporting his salary,” said Dr. Michael Carome, the director of the health research group at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group. “This will color his views when it comes to making regulatory decisions.”

The Justice Departement Pledge to Prosecute White-Collar Criminals is About To Face A Major Test

9/19/2015
The Huffington Post: The Justice Departement Pledge to Prosecute White-Collar Criminals is About To Face A Major Test by Daniel Marans - “This is a huge test of how serious the administration’s commitment is to prosecuting white collar crime,” Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, told The Huffington Post. “If the facts end up showing that Volkswagen executives deliberately designed and implemented a program to evade emissions testing, that is a brazen act and there has to be some accountability. It cannot just be yet another instance of Volkswagen opens up its checkbook and writes a check of shareholders' money to pay a fine.

FDA to establish patient advisory committee on medical devices

9/19/2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune: FDA to establish patient advisory committee on medical devices by Jim Spencer- - “Often so-called patient groups are sponsored heavily by the medical device industry,” said Dr. Michael Carome, health research director at the consumer group Public Citizen. “Patients can make the agency aware of unmet medical needs. But when [FDA] decides whether or not to approve a device, the decision should be made based on scientific research and not patient preference.”

VW Is Said to Cheat on Diesel Emissions; U.S. to Order Big Recall

9/18/2015
The New York Times: VW Is Said to Cheat on Diesel Emissions; U.S. to Order Big Recall by Coral Davenport and Jack Ewing - -“This is several steps beyond the violations that we’ve seen from other auto companies," said Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group. "They appear to have designed a system with the intention to mislead consumers and the government. If that’s proven true, it’s remarkable and outrageous. It would merit a heck of a lot more than just a recall and a fine. We would see criminal prosecution.”

Everett C. Parker, Who Won Landmark Fight Over Media Race Bias, Dies at 102

9/18/2015
The New York Times: Everett C. Parker, Who Won Landmark Fight Over Media Race Bias, Dies at 102 by Robert D. McFadden- Armed with the power to threaten licenses, Dr. Parker, in the 1970s and - ’80s, joined other religious and civic groups — the Citizens’ Communications Center, the Media Access Project and Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen organization, among others — in challenging television and radio stations on broadcast content and other issues, including employment discrimination.

Yelp to surrender critic's info in defamation suit by Newton jewelry store

9/18/2015
The Boston Globe: Yelp to surrender critic's info in defamation suit by Newton jewelry store by Jack Newsham- Paul Levy, an attorney for the firm Public Citizen who represented Yelp, said it would comply with the subpoena of - a Boston judge who demanded the company turn over contact information for the user, whose screen name was Linda G. and now lives in Boulder, Colo. He said he had spoken to her, and said she “passionately believes” in her cause.

Health Advocates: To Combat Opioid Epidemic, Target Big Pharma

9/17/2015
Common Dreams: Health Advocates: To Combat Opioid Epidemic, Target Big Pharma by Nadia Prupis - "The results of the investigation are not simply a matter of historical importance," said Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research group. "They are crucial to saving lives because these groups continue promoting aggressive opioid use and continue blocking federal and state interventions that could reduce overprescribing."

Critics Rip GM Deferred Prosecution Agreement in Engine Switch Case

9/17/2015
Common Dreams: Critics Rip GM Deferred Prosecution Agreement in Engine Switch Case by Russell Mokhiber - Public Citizen’s Rob Weissman said that “instead of advancing justice, federal prosecutors have compounded the damage inflicted on those injured and killed by GM’s wrongdoing, and on their families.” “This deal will not deter future corporate wrongdoers, it will not hold GM accountable and it sets back the demand for justice by the family members of victims of GM’s horrible actions.”

Justice Department Lets Giant Corporation Evade Prosecution for Deaths of Over 100 People

9/17/2015
Common Dreams: Justice Department Lets Giant Corporation Evade Prosecution for Deaths of Over 100 People by Andrea Germanos - Robert Weissman, president of the watchdog organization Public Citizen, lambasted the deal, stating Thursday, "Shame on the Department of Justice and shame on its prosecutors."

Court hears why deal that OK’d kids’ images in Facebook ads is illegal

9/17/2015
Ars Technica: Court hears why deal that OK’d kids’ images in Facebook ads is illegal by Cyrus Farivar - "Our main point is that this settlement does not protect minors," Scott Michelman, an attorney with Public Citizen, told Ars after the hearing concluded. "The deal as a whole didn't accomplish anything and worst of all violates the law."

Groups Want Senate to Release Opioid Investigation Findings

9/17/2015
Bloomberg BNA: Groups Want Senate to Release Opioid Investigation Findings by Bronwyn Mixter - The letter was signed by 36 groups, including Public Citizen, the Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP), American Addiction Centers, Horizon Health Services, the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

Nuclear Fallout: Is the Pepco-Exelon Merger Really Dead?

9/17/2015
Washington City Paper: Nuclear Fallout: Is the Pepco-Exelon Merger Really Dead? by William Sommer - “If Exelon [were] to come to the table with a bigger package deal on the consumer investment fund, that would be problematic for the other states that have already signed off on the deal,” says Allison Fisher, climate and energy outreach director at Public Citizen.

Advocates push senators for findings of painkiller probe

9/16/2015
Washington Examiner: Advocates push senators for findings of painkiller probe by Robert King - Various advocacy groups signed the letter, including Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, Public Citizen, National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse and Change Addiction Now.

Who Is the New Head of the FDA?

9/16/2015
TIME Online: Who Is the New Head of the FDA? by Alexandra Sifferlin - In a statement, Dr. Michael Carome, director of the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, said the Senate should reject the nomination due to Califf’s ties to pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers (something TIME reported on in February): “During his tenure at Duke University, Califf racked up a long history of extensive financial ties to multiple drug and medical device companies, including Amgen, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Merck Sharp & Dohme and Sanofi-Aventis, to name a few,” Carome said.

Facebook hoping court clicks 'like' on privacy settlement

9/15/2015
San Jose Mercury News: Facebook hoping court clicks 'like' on privacy settlement by Howard Mintz - "It's akin to having a kid sign their own permission slip to get out of school," Scott Michelman, Public Citizen's lawyer, said of the settlement's provisions for dealing with the use of teen images in Facebook advertising.

Group demands U.S. Senate release records on opioid industry

9/15/2015
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Group demands U.S. Senate release records on opioid industry by John Fauber - Some of the groups continue to promote aggressive opioid use and continue to block federal and state interventions that could reduce overprescribing, Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said in a statement. "This addiction epidemic will not go away on its own," Carome said. "We need Congress to act."

Clinton Proposes Campaign Finance Reform While Raking in Millions From Wall Street Since 2008

9/11/2015
Truthout: Clinton Proposes Campaign Finance Reform While Raking in Millions From Wall Street Since 2008 by Candice Bernd - "It's not as if Clinton should get a pass - or any other candidate should get a pass - from a critical look at where their support comes from because they say good things about reform," Robert Weissman, president of the advocacy group Public Citizen, told Truthout.

U.S. outlines new policy for investigating corporate executives

9/10/2015
Reuters: U.S. outlines new policy for investigating corporate executives by David Ingram - The memo "amounts to a striking admission that the DOJ's policy on Wall Street corporate crime has been completely ineffective," Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, said in a statement.

Both sides gearing up for a new fight over Wall Street rules

9/10/2015
Washington Examiner: Both sides gearing up for a new fight over Wall Street rules by Joseph Lawler - "We're expecting and preparing for yet another fight," said Bartlett Naylor, an expert at Public Citizen, a public advocacy group aligned with Warren and other liberals in last year's showdown.

Get Your Ideology Out of Federal Budget, 178 Groups Say to Congress

9/10/2015
Common Dreams: Get Your Ideology Out of Federal Budget, 178 Groups Say to Congress by Deirdre Fulton - "With hundreds of outrageous policy riders, the 2016 appropriations bills look more like a Christmas wish list for big business than a serious federal budget," said Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch division. "These riders are designed to do one thing: hijack the budget process to roll back basic protections for Main Street."

Is the fine print taking away your right to sue?

9/10/2015
ABC 15 AZ: Is the fine print taking away your right to sue? by Joe Ducey - "What we have here is one party, a company, choosing to use their non-negotiable contracts to say you can't go to court," Hines said. "You can only resolve disputes with us through this private forced arbitration process."

DOJ Vows to Crack Down on Corporate Criminals, But Watchdogs Skeptical

9/10/2015
Common Dreams: DOJ Vows to Crack Down on Corporate Criminals, But Watchdogs Skeptical by Sarah Lazare - "The memo amounts to a striking admission that the DOJ's policy on Wall Street corporate crime has been completely ineffective," said Robert Weissman, president of watchdog group Public Citizen, in a statement released Thursday. "The real test going forward will be if the agency can put this policy into action and enforce it aggressively."

Clinton Announces Campaign Finance Reform Plan, Includes More Donor Disclosure

9/9/2015
Think Progress: Clinton Announces Campaign Finance Reform Plan, Includes More Donor Disclosure by Alice Ollstein - “Americans think the political system is fixed, rigged on behalf of corporations and the super rich, and they’re right,” he told ThinkProgress. “The single most important vehicle for that rigging is campaign spending. So we need strong rules that stop corporations from dominating the political process, which will make it possible to carry forward a progressive agenda that’s otherwise blocked by the power of the donor class.”

Hillary Clinton Proposes Making Companies Disclose Political Donations

9/8/2015
Bloomberg: Hillary Clinton Proposes Making Companies Disclose Political Donations by Jennifer Epstein - “This is foundational,” Warren said in 2013 at an event hosted by watchdog group Public Citizen. “There is no excuse. There is no reason, on the other side, for saying a corporation wants to be able to spend shareholders' money and not tell shareholders how that money is being spent.”

For-Profit Companies Seek, and Get, Medicare 'Wellness' $$

9/8/2015
MedPage Today: For-Profit Companies Seek, and Get, Medicare 'Wellness' $$ by Cheryl Clark - On Feb. 19, the patient advocacy group Public Citizen accused Life Line of unethical practices, misleading consumers through deceptive direct-to consumer advertising, and doing more harm than good with unnecessary services.

Hillary Clinton unveils plan to curb corporate political influence

9/8/2015
Fortune: Hillary Clinton unveils plan to curb corporate political influence by Tory Newmyer - “The specific endorsement by Clinton of the transparency measures the executive branch can implement like the SEC requiring corporate political spending disclosure and the executive order on contractor disclosure is an important step,” Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, said in a statement.

Sanofi’s Genzyme pays $33m, enters DPA in criminal Seprafilm case

9/4/2015
Reuters: Sanofi’s Genzyme pays $33m, enters DPA in criminal Seprafilm case - In July, consumer watchdog Public Citizen said it petitioned the FDA to withdraw its approval for Seprafilm and order a recall, saying the surgical implant has been associated with side effects including death.

Hopkins Developing New Drug To Fight Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

9/4/2015
CBS Baltimore: Hopkins Developing New Drug To Fight Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis by Alex DeMetrick - “Tuberculosis is most common in poor environments,” said Peter Maybarduk, Public Citizen Group.

Rules protecting human research subjects undergo overhaul

9/3/2015
Modern Healthcare: Rules protecting human research subjects undergo overhaul by Michael Sandler - That rule would inappropriately mandate that only one IRB may review clinical trials conducted at multiple institutions, including trials that involve dozens or hundreds of sites, said Dr. Michael Carome, director of the health research group at not-for-profit advocacy group Public Citizen. “IRBs review human research to ensure it is ethical and complies with regulations,” Carome said in a statement.

Public health advocates call on Johns Hopkins to make TB drug widely available

9/3/2015
Baltimore Sun: Public health advocates call on Johns Hopkins to make TB drug widely available by Lorraine Mirabella - The situation at Johns Hopkins represents a larger problem, said Pete Maybarduk, global access to medicines director for Public Citizen. Much of the medical research is conducted at universities, rather than in pharmaceutical company labs, then licensed exclusively to pharmaceutical companies, "which proceed to charge whatever they want, and that leads to people not having access to the drug in low- and middle-income countries," he said.

eBay Seller Who Sued Customers For Bad Feedback Ordered To Pay $19,250 In Legal Fees

9/3/2015
Consumerist: eBay Seller Who Sued Customers For Bad Feedback Ordered To Pay $19,250 In Legal Fees by Laura Northrup - Sales at the eBay store fell, but it is still in business. Public Citizen’s Paul Levy reports that the company has changed its name twice since this story blew up in the spring of 2013.

Concerns About Diabetes Drug Direct-to-Consumer Ads

9/1/2015
Top Class Actions: Concerns About Diabetes Drug Direct-to-Consumer Ads by Ashely Vanover - In a letter submitted to the FDA, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen urged the agency to take action against direct-to-consumer advertisements for diabetic medications, specifically SGLT2 inhibitor drugs.

Outrage of the Month: Initial Ruling in Industry Lawsuit Threatens FDA's Regulation of Drugs

9/1/2015
Huffington Post: Outrage of the Month: Initial Ruling in Industry Lawsuit Threatens FDA's Regulation of Drugs - Dr. Michael Carome’s Monthly Blog