Citizen Direct: Insider Info for Public Citizen Activists
June 28, 2007
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-- Mother Jones

Activist Spotlight

In the spotlight -- activist Ray Cellura
High-flying activist Ray Cellura is a retired psychologist who testified in support of clean elections.
Meet Ray.

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If you purchased Paxil for your child, you are entitled to recover 100% of your out-of-pocket expenses.

Has your child taken the antidepressant Paxil? A class-action lawsuit filed against the maker of Paxil alleged that the drug company knew that Paxil was dangerous AND ineffective when given to children under the age of 18. Although a settlement was reached in October 2006, Public Citizen has successfully pushed for a dramatic improvement. Now, if you ever purchased Paxil or Paxil CR for your child, you are entitled to recover expenses. Learn more.

for Good Health Policy Leading to Good Personal Health

Health Clinic for Good Health, Good Health PolicyBest or Worst? Find out how your state medical board ranks.

Don't Diet With This Drug: It doesn't work well, there are embarrassing side effects and it's not safe (but the FDA approved it anyway).

Government Action on Dietary Supplements Won't Protect You From Ineffective and Unsafe Products: Public Citizen's Sid Wolfe, MD, warns that the FDA is not doing enough.

Doctor's Diagnosis: The life of a doctor must be tough. To judge by most of their offices, doctors are unable to afford pens, mugs, refrigerator magnets or pads of paper. Even lunch is beyond their reach, it seems. And dinner at a fancy downtown restaurant? Fuhgeddaboutit. Read Dr. Lurie's blog post about how doctors' gifts and drug company favors can impact your care. See Public Citizen's stand on disclosure of drug company gifts.

Take Two: Recommended Actions

Outrage of the Week:
Your electric bills may be unfairly high because of unreasonable whole electricity prices permitted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Public Citizen sued over this practice and the D.C. Court of Appeals declined to consider the matter. Listen in (60-second .mp3) to Public Citizen's Tyson Slocum's outrage.

Congress Watch Director Laura MacCleery Discusses President Bush’s New Counselor - Enron and Viacom Lobbyist Ed Gillespie - on NPR’s Marketplace. Find that and more at the WatchdogBlog.

Appellate Court Ruling in Deficit Reduction Act Case Fails to Uphold Basic Constitutional Principle.
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