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FDA Can Curtail Antibiotic Crisis by Ending Misuse in Livestock Animals, Say Health Advocate Groups in New Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. January 24, 2023 – To protect the safety of consumers, meat processing workers and farming communities, a coalition of public health advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and its Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), challenging their refusal to phase out unnecessary uses of antibiotics in […]

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New Research: Equitable Global mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Access Could Save Over A Million Lives

A new study released today by Public Citizen and researchers from Yale University, Stanford University, Brown University, and the University of Maryland estimates that reversing inequities in global COVID-19 vaccine access by providing two doses of mRNA vaccine to everyone in low and lower-middle-income countries (LIC/LMIC) tomorrow could avert 1.3 million deaths. Global vaccination would […]

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40,000 Petitioners Urge Secretary Yellen to Lead Strong Climate Action Plan in Upcoming Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. October 15, 2021 – Public Citizen, Sierra Club,, Americans for Financial Reform, Evergreen Action, and Action Center on Race and the Economy today delivered more than 40,000 petition signatures to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen demanding that an upcoming report highlight the gravity of climate threats to our financial system and identify […]

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Ahead of Tokyo Olympics, People’s Vaccine Alliance Urges World Leaders to #StopPlayingGames and Vaccinate the World

Today, the People’s Vaccine Alliance is launching #StopPlayingGames, a global campaign using the power of sport and the platform of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to demand that world leaders launch an urgent and ambitious plan for equitable, universal access to COVID-19 vaccines. The Alliance is calling on world leaders to live up to the Olympic […]

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Letter: Acting FDA Commissioner Woodcock, Other Top Officials Must Resign Following Indefensible Aducanumab Approval

Top U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials responsible for the reckless approval of aducanumab for Alzheimer’s disease, including Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock, should immediately resign, Public Citizen said in a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra.  Last week, the FDA announced its approval of aducanumab for treatment of […]

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66 Global Health and Development Orgs: Biden Must Launch A Global Vaccine Manufacturing Program to End the Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 13, 2021 – Public Citizen and 65 other global health, development and humanitarian organizations today called on President Joe Biden to announce and implement a global vaccine manufacturing program to end the pandemic and build a globally-distributed vaccine infrastructure for future pandemics. “Much more ambitious U.S. leadership is needed to end the global […]

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Federal Court Throws Out USDA Rule Lifting Line Speed Cap in Hog-Slaughter Plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a major victory for workers in America’s pork industry, a federal district court in Minneapolis today ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) acted unlawfully when it eliminated limits on the speeds at which plants run their slaughter lines without considering the increased risk of injury to plant workers. “The court’s […]

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Robert Weissman: Keep Track of Trump’s Lame Duck Temper Tantrum

WASHINGTON, D.C. December 15, 2020 – President Donald Trump’s administration may be winding down, but his cruelty, recklessness and cronyism are not. Today Public Citizen unveiled a new web tool tracking some of his most corrupt, norm-breaking, dangerous and unjust actions during the lame duck session. (See our Twitter thread about it.) From attempting to […]

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USDA, Meatpacking Industry Collaborated to Undermine COVID-19 Response, FOIA Docs Show

WASHINGTON, D.C. September 15, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the meatpacking industry worked together to downplay and disregard risks to worker health during the pandemic, as shown in documents uncovered by Public Citizen and American Oversight through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. “While we knew that the meatpacking industry was lobbying the […]

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Poultry Workers, Already at Risk From COVID-19, Sue USDA Over Dangerous Line Speeds

WASHINGTON, D.C. July 28, 2020 – The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and five of its local unions represented by Public Citizen Litigation Group filed a federal lawsuit today to end U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) waivers allowing poultry plants to increase production line speeds and further endanger workers already facing elevated […]

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Lisa Gilbert: McConnell’s Proposal Would Leave Tens of Millions of Americans to Fend for Themselves, Is DOA

July 23, 2020 – Note: Details of the agreement between the White House and U.S. Senate Republicans on a coronavirus response package have emerged. The proposal was negotiated by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) McConnell has taken the wrong approach in almost every way. Instead of using the last several months to negotiate […]

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Robert Weissman: COVID-19 Medicine Pricing, Transparency Bills Are a Matter of Life and Death

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2020 – Note: Today, U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Peter Defazio (D-Ore.) introduced the Make Medications Affordable by Preventing Pandemic Pricegouging (MMAPPP) Act and the Taxpayer Research and Coronavirus Knowledge (TRACK) Act. President Donald Trump’s sycophancy to drug corporations is endangering the nation’s […]

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Hostility to Global Cooperation, Limited Production Threaten Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 23, 2020– Open science, ramped-up manufacturing, fair pricing and sharing of technology, among other actions, are urgently needed to reduce loss of life during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 254 groups including Public Citizen said today. The groups released a list of principles calling for action from governments, international agencies, manufacturers, donors and […]

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Public Citizen: Ban on Internet-Connected Voting Systems Moves Forward

Note: The Technical Guidelines Development Committee of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission voted unanimously to recommend passage of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines 2.0 requirements including a ban on internet connectivity in voting systems. The requirements, if adopted by the Commission after a review and public comment period, will shape the development of new voting […]

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Popular dating, health apps violate privacy new report says

WASHINGTON, D.C. January 14, 2020 – Nine consumer groups today asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), congressional lawmakers and the state attorneys general of California, Texas and Oregon to investigate several popular apps available in the Google Play Store. A report released today by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) alleges that the apps are systematically […]

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