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News Release | MASSPIRG and Community Catalyst | Public Health, Consumer Protection, Health Care

Twenty Top Generic Drugs Delayed by Industry Payoffs

Bay Staters with cancer, heart disease, epilepsy and other conditions have been forced to pay an average of 10 times more than necessary for at least 20 blockbuster drugs, according to a report released today by MASSPIRG and Community Catalyst.

Report | MASSPIRG and Community Catalyst | Public Health, Consumer Protection, Health Care

Top Twenty Pay-for-Delay Drugs

Too often, consumers are forced to shoulder a heavy financial burden, or even go without needed medicine, due to the high cost of brand-name drugs. Our research indicates that one significant cause is the practice called “pay for delay,” which inflates the drug prices paid by tens of millions of Americans.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Protection, Health Care

Big Pharma’s Pay-for-Delay Deals Take a Hit

Following Supreme Court decision, MASSPIRG calls for Congress to stop all drug companies from paying off generic competition.

2011-12 Legislative Scorecard

At the end of each 2-year legislative session, MASSPIRG grades state legislators' votes on key public interest issues.

Report | MASSPIRG | Public Health, Health Care

Prescription for Danger

The contaminated drug that caused last fall’s fungal meningitis outbreak and killed 55 people is just the tip of the iceberg of an industry-wide problem.

A New Direction In Driving Trends

After a 60 year boom, driving is on the decline in the U.S. and no likely scenario shows it returning to previous levels of growth. 

DPH Gives Green Light to Big Pharma’s Wining and Dining

By | Deirdre Cummings
Legislative Director

Regulators move will re-open door to drug companies' expensive and biased marketing schemes.

DPH Gives Green Light to Big Pharma’s Wining and Dining

Over the objections of a broad coalition of consumer, health care, physician and senior organizations the Public Health Council, voted this week to enact final regulations on meals provided by the drug and medical device industry to doctors and other prescribers. The regulations approved Wednesday, Nov. 21, defined  “modest” meals, as whatever a doctor would order on his or her own, opening the door for unlimited wining and dining of physicians by Big Pharma.

How To Clean Up Identity Theft

In general, if you are a victim of identity theft or fraud, you likely will not be responsible for fraudulent charges. But, you do need to clear your name. Here's how.

How to Set Up a Security Freeze

A security freeze prevents new credit from being issued in a person’s name, and therefore stops identity thieves from creating unauthorized accounts, because it allows individual consumers the ability to control who gets access to their credit report.

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