Monday, May 05, 2008

US Consumers Union get $4 million

Consumers Union in the US has been awarded a $4.4 million grant to support a public education program designed to eliminate huge gaps in public knowledge about prescription drugs.

The grant will help expand the availability of free unbiased prescription drug information to counter the $10 billion spent on advertising in the US by drug companies each year.

The grant money is available as part of a $38 million dollar consumer protection settlement between the Attorneys General of 50 states and Warner-Lambert, now owned by Pfizer. In 2004, Warner-Lambert agreed to pay $430 million to resolve allegations that it illegally marketed its drug, Neurontin®, for "off-label" purposes not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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