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The Ongoing Fight Over Dangerous Recalled Cars

At least 11 people have now been killed in incidents involving Takata airbags, which can send shrapnel into the driver when the devices malfunction. Huma Hanif, a 17-year-old Texas woman, was the most recent victim.

Generic Drug Manufacturers Escape Accountability, with Deadly Results

Emily Mitchell, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, had no reason to believe her newborn baby had any health problems. The sonograms had been normal. But her son, Lucian, was born with severe heart defects. He died one week later. 

A Move by Congress to Take Away Patients' Rights, Stopped in Its Tracks

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the latest research. The Washington Post wrote, “A new study by patient-safety researchers…shows that ‘medical errors’ in hospitals and other healthcare facilities are incredibly common and may now be the third-leading cause of death in the United States – claiming 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s.”

Families Affected by Asbestos tell Senators to Stand with Them, not with Asbestos Companies

Too often, when members of Congress and their staffs hear anything about asbestos, they’re hearing it from the corporations that manufactured asbestos and exposed workers or veterans to it. These companies and their lobbying powerhouse, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have been championing a bill, the so-called “FACT Act,” that would delay and deny justice to people sickened by asbestos exposure.

TV reporter crashes secret conference where corporate lobbyists write state laws

State legislators meeting with their counterparts from other states to discuss policy ideas – that all sounds well and good, right? But what if corporate lobbyists are paying for the whole event, and are inside the private meeting, and are even writing the draft bills that the legislators are discussing?

23,485 petitioners tell FDA: Finish the generic drug safety labeling rule now!

With your help, 23,485 people have signed our petition to the FDA, calling on the agency to promptly finalize its rule that would enable up-to-date safety warnings on generic drugs.

Make Your Voice Heard on Generic Drug Safety

Here’s a problem: Generic drug manufacturers are not allowed to independently update their labels to warn of newly discovered side-effects. And they can’t be held accountable if their drugs injure or kill Americans. It’s a generic drug safety loophole.

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