Dr. Sidney Wolfe is a great American who has been a tremendous friend to the American people. Dr. Wolfe started Public Citizen’s Health Research Group in 1971. He has led the group successfully since that time and has never backed down from any challenge. Dr. Wolfe has decided to give up his position and turn it over to Dr. Michael Carome, the man he groomed for the job. Dr. Carome became director, replacing his mentor, on June 3, 2013.
Although Dr. Wolfe is stepping aside, he is not stepping out – he will continue to work at Public Citizen on the issues he cares so deeply about. Those include drug and device safety, patient access to care, medical board oversight of doctors, worker health and much more. Dr. Wolfe’s new title will be “Founder and Senior Advisor.”
In my opinion, Dr. Wolfe may well have done more for U.S. consumers than any one person in recent history. He has been relentless in his efforts to make Big Pharma do right. Robert Weissman, the president of Public Citizen, had this to say:
Sid Wolfe has never backed down in the face of enormous industry and government pressure, and the result is that our country is safer and healthier. His insistence on doing what’s right is now a defining trait of Public Citizen. The good news about the leadership change at the Health Research Group is, first, that Sid has located such an excellent successor, and, second, that Sid himself will continue working with Public Citizen.
Perhaps Dr. Wolfe’s landmark project was “Worst Pills, Best Pills,” a book that provided people with information about the side effects of medications and warned of drug interactions. The book contained advice that folks badly needed, but couldn’t get elsewhere. The book has sold 2 ½ million copies since the first edition in 1988. Worst Pills has been supplemented by a website (WorstPills.org) that is updated regularly. The latest on drug information also is available through Worst Pills, Best Pills News, a monthly newsletter with a circulation of about 150,000.
Dr. Wolfe says he will “keep working on pretty much the same topics as before,” but that Dr. Carome will be “directing the group.” Dr. Wolfe, a strong voice for U.S. consumers, has been a real champion for safety and corporate accountability in the drug manufacturing industry. His work has been a tremendous benefit to consumers who badly need to be protected from dangerous drugs that are put on the market by Big Pharma.
Source: Public Citizen
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