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Lock up poisons to celebrate the 60th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week

Protect your kids, teens, and elders from poisonings by locking up potentially harmful household products and medications. Nearly nine out of 10 unintentional poisonings occur in the home. Thirty-one children under the age of five die in the U.S. each year from consumer products found in the home Read more →


Progress made in public health, climate, and consumer protection during 2021, consumer group says

Since I wrote an article recently on the top consumer and personal finance stories of 2021, I was interested in a list offered by U.S. PIRG on the progress made in health, climate, and consumer issues in 2021. U.S. PIRG, a public interest research group, and its state partners worked on or supported many of these issues. Read more →


Vyera Pharmaceuticals to pay $40 million for raising price on life-saving drug more than 4,000%

Vyera Pharmaceuticals and a former CEO, Kevin Mulleady, entered into an agreement Tuesday with the New York Attorney General’s Office to end anticompetitive behavior in the pricing of a drug to treat toxoplasmosis. The agreement also requires the company to pay up to $40 million and bans Mulleady from the pharmaceutical industry for seven years. Read more →


Biden signs sweeping order aimed at reining in corporate power

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday on promoting competition in the American economy. It launches a government effort to combat growing market power in the U.S. economy by seeking to ensure that markets are competitive. Read more →


Corporate prosecutions dropped to a 25-year low during last year of Trump administration

Corporations escaped punishment at record levels during President Trump’s last year in office, when federal prosecutions of corporate criminals fell to just 94 – the lowest on record since the government started tracking corporate prosecution statistics in 1996, a Public Citizen report found. Read more →


Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to 3 criminal charges for opioid sales, but attorneys general and consumer groups say it’s not enough

Opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma has agreed to plead guilty to three criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion. The agreement doesn’t include the criminal release of the company’s executives or owners Read more →


Real solutions needed to high drug prices, not $200 Trump cards

Thirty-three million Medicare beneficiaries will receive a discount card in the mail for $200 that can be used to help pay for prescription drugs, President Trump said Sept. 24. However, a consumer group said Trump’s bizarre announcement is a transparent and pathetic attempt to bribe seniors for their votes. Read more →


Pharmaceutical companies raise the prices of more than 250 drugs as of Jan. 1

Big pharmaceutical corporations, including Gilead, Pfizer, and GlaxoSmithKline, have hiked the prices of more than 250 prescription drugs as of Jan. 1. Annual and biannual price increases on medicines have become a standard practice of brand-name pharma corporations. Read more →