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 September 10, 2007

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WARNING: This Label May Be Dangerous to Your HealthWhen Charles Riegel underwent angioplasty, the catheter used in the procedure burst inside his artery. Mr. Riegel developed a complete heart block and required an emergency coronary bypass. He and his wife later sued the catheter's manufacturer, seeking compensation for his injuries. The company argues that manufacturers of dangerous medical devices cannot be held liable for injuries caused by their products.Find out how Public Citizen is protecting consumers by defending the Riegels in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Presidential Candidates Need to Kick the Lobbyist Habit

We hear plenty about criminal campaign contributors and lobbyist-fundraisers. Former fugitive and big Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu is in the news, as is a Gallup poll indicating that most Americans think presidential candidates should not take money from lobbyists. Get the latest and find out how you can join others in bird-dogging the candidates at

We work to ensure that Congress represents citizens by exposing the harmful impact of money in politics and fighting for an improved democracy.

 Ask a Public Citizen Staffer

Last month Public Citizen's Energy Guru Tyson Slocum answered your questions about energy. Staff on Your Behalf. Last month, Public Citizen's energy guru Tyson Slocum took questions from you. One came from Bill in New Mexico, who asked: Why doesn't the U.S. have high-speed trains?  Couldn't this form of transportation be more efficient then airline travel? Tyson responded: Dear Bill, You're absolutely right that we need high-speed rail in this country. But heavy lobbying by the oil and gas industry - including big campaign contributions from Big Oil to your local elected officials - is keeping America addicted to oil. I have outlined a plan (.pdf) to help finance new investments in mass transit - including high-speed rail - by raising taxes on record oil company profits. Please contact your elected officials and demand that they hold Big Oil accountable by ending all subsidies to oil companies and instead use the money to invest in high-speed rail.

Spied on Eyes on Trade

If You Have a Barbie in the House, tell us how your child is taking the news that the toy is going back to the store. Then find out why jobs are exported and dangers products are imported.

What's In Your Wallet? If it's "free-trade" condoms, find out why they may not live up to your expectations in Public Citizen's Eyes on Trade blog.

We promote democracy by challenging corporate globalization, arguing that the current globalization model is neither a random inevitability nor

 Press Room

Decisions this important should not be made in haste, and definitely not in the dark of night:
The Bush administration continues to ignore the safety of the American public with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trucks pilot program that it announced - late at night last week - would begin immediately. Learn more in the Press Room and write Congress.

UNPROTECTED: Kids and passengers in the back seat of cars and cars hit by SUVs : The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has taken an important first step with a recently released new side-impact standard -- and it should be congratulated. HOWEVER, its work is far from done. Get details in the Press Room.

Public Citizen Health Clinic: Good Health Policy Leading to Good Personal Health
Dr. Peter Lurie is taking questions about health policy.

Is the American Health Care System Sick?
How can it be that in the world's most prosperous nation, 45 million people go without health insurance and millions more are underinsured? Take action to reform our health care system and save on health care costs.

Staff on Your Behalf. This month our expert, Dr. Peter Lurie, is taking questions about health policy. Got a question about the health care delivery system in the U.S., how pharmaceutical companies grew so powerful or how the FDA operates? Ask Dr. Lurie your health care policy question. Check back next month for his answer to a top question. Our doctors and pharmacists analyze the FDA's own data so you get the second opinion YOU need.

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