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Letter to Department of Transportation about aviation advisory committee’s failure to address consumer concerns

Letter from Consumer Reports, U.S. PIRG and other consumer advocacy organizations to Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao expressing frustration that the Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee (ACPAC) is failing to address serious consumer concerns with commercial passenger airline travel.

Resource | Antibiotics

U.S. PIRG Comment on “Potential Approach for Defining Durations of Use for Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs Intended for Use In or On Feed”

About a third of medically important antibiotics approved for use in food animals via feed or water have no defined limit for how long they can be used, otherwise known as a “duration limit.” That means meat producers can dose herds of animals for several weeks, months or even indefinitely. Overusing antibiotics in this way can encourage antibiotic resistant bacteria to multiply and spread, and these “superbugs” can make their way off the farm and potentially infect people with dangerous illness. Duration limits are essential for reducing use of medically important antibiotics on farms and curbing antibiotic resistance. 

Nuclear Power and the Threat to Drinking Water

In the United States, 49 million Americans receive their drinking water from surface sources located within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant.

Consumer Brief Supporting NY Attorney General In Alzheimer's Drug Case

In December, a U.S. judge upheld the New York Attorney General's request for an injunction requiring the powerful Big Pharma company Actavis to continue marketing a lower-cost version of its Alzheimer's drug Namenda, instead of using a "product-hopping" scheme to move consumers to a newer but virtually identical version that would enjoy monopoly protection until 2029, making it unlikely that lower-cost generic alternatives could successfully enter the market. We joined other leading groups, including Consumers Union and Public Citizen, in a friend-of-the-court brief to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals supporting General Eric Schneiderman's defense against Actavis in its appeal. Our brief is attached.

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