Dr. Sidney Wolfe, a long-time health and safety advocate, who is with Public Citizen, sent out some very interesting information last month. Dr. Wolfe has been the editor of Worst Pills, Best Pills, a publication that comes out each month. He turned over the reins as Editor last month. Dr. Wolfe warns folks about “bad drugs” that should not be on the market. He points out that “what you don’t know can hurt you.” The diabetes drug Rezulin, approved in 1997 and then banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) three years later is a prime example of what Dr. Wolfe was saying. In those three years Rezulin had already caused hundreds of cases of liver damage, including 63 reported deaths. Worst Pills, Best Pills News warned of Rezulin’s potential danger in 1998, a year and half earlier. In 1998, Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to ban the medication.
The Health Research Group at Public Citizen, the publisher of Worst Pills, Best Pills News, has helped to remove 25 such dangerous drugs from the market. Dr. Wolfe started the newsletter to warn consumers about dangerous prescription drugs, sometimes years before they are pulled from pharmacy shelves, and it has been effective. Public Citizen does vital work in other ways to protect the health and safety of the American people. The following are some prime examples of the work done by Public Citizen:
These critical, life-saving activities are expensive, and the modest subscription fee for Worst Pills, Best Pills News doesn’t begin to cover the cost. I encourage our readers to support Worst Pills, Best Pills News by making a financial contribution to Public Citizen. It will be a good investment to help to pay for the research behind the newsletter and Public Citizen’s continuing efforts to force unsafe drugs off the market. Unlike most other publications or websites, Public Citizen does not accept money or advertisements from drug companies. This ensures that Public Citizen can remain independent – its judgment is not clouded by commercial interests. Public Citizen’s only obligation is to the public.
Our readers can help Public Citizen continue its work by making a financial contribution to Public Citizen, publisher of Worst Pills, Best Pills News. Also, by subscribing to Worst Pills, Best Pills News, a person can become an advocate for his or her own health and also an advocate for others.
Whether you know it or not, Public Citizen has been your advocate for safe drugs for years. That will continue. But Public Citizen needs your support. It’s very important for the group to continue working to keep dangerous drugs off the market. You can get more information on Public Citizen by going to www.citizen.org. A contribution to Public Citizen will help Dr. Wolfe and others continue with their work. You can send your donation to 1600 20th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 2003. I also strongly encourage our readers to subscribe to Worst Pill, Best Pills News.
Source: Sidney M. Wolfe, M.D.; Founder, Senior Advisor; Health Research Group at
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