Topic: Consumer Reports
Yonkers, NY – In a national price scan of more than 200 pharmacies, Consumer Reports uncovered startling variation in drug costs at a time when unpredictable drug pricing is an increasing national concern.
The scan found that some drugs can cost as much as 10 times more at one retailer versus another—even within the same zip code.
Consumers Union finds Auto Insurers Penalize Good Drivers with Higher Premiums because of Credit Histories & Other Non-Driving Factors
Washington, D.C. – Many good drivers pay higher insurance premiums because of their credit history and other factors that have nothing to do with their driving record, according to Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports.
The consumer group urged regulators to ban the use of credit histories and some other non-driving factors for setting premiums at a National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) hearing on November 19th.
Yonkers, NY – A review of a series of in-depth studies conducted by Consumer Reports show that, in general, meat, poultry and shrimp from animals raised without antibiotics are less likely to harbor multidrug-resistant bacteria than conventionally-produced meat from animals that get the drugs routinely.
During the past three years, Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center has conducted tests of bacterial contamination in four different types of primarily raw and uncooked meat while also examining antibiotic resistance of bacteria as a consequence of antibiotic overuse, including the presence of dangerous “superbugs.” Hundreds of packages of meat, poultry and shrimp were methodically tested for bacteria and antibiotic resistance and analyzed by an expert team of scientists and statisticians.
Washington, D.C. – New regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education will help protect students from unfair campus banking card practices that can eat into financial aid funds, according to Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports. The new rules cover banking cards will go into effect in July 2016.
“Students deserve safe and convenient access to their financial aid funds without incurring costly charges,” said Suzanne Martindale, staff attorney for Consumers Union. “We applaud the Department of Education for taking action to protect students using campus banking products from aggressive marketing, restricted choices, and high fees.” «Read the rest of this article»
Consumer Reports Tests shows Conventional Ground Beef Twice as Likely to Contain Superbugs as Sustainable Beef
Yonkers, NY – In Consumer Reports new tests of ground beef, 18 percent of the beef samples from conventionally-raised cows contained dangerous superbugs resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics used to treat illness in humans compared with just 9 percent of beef from samples that were sustainably produced.
Consumer Reports’ investigation comes as food poisonings are striking an estimated 48 million people in the U.S. each year with beef being a top cause of outbreaks. «Read the rest of this article»
Consumer Reports Poll reveals One-Third of Americans Slammed by Sticker Shock at the Pharmacy as Drug Costs Soar
Yonkers, NY – The rising cost of prescription drug prices – even on traditionally low-cost generics – is taking a toll on many consumers’ wallets.
According to a new nationally representative poll from Consumer Reports, one-third of consumers who currently take a prescription medication said they paid higher drug prices at the pharmacy, paying on average an extra $39.00 for their prescriptions. And, one in 10 reported paying a $100.00 or more out-of-pocket.
Consumer Reports digs into Car Insurance Quote Secrecy, Prices Are Rife With Inequities and Unfair Practices
Poor Credit May Raise Premiums Higher Than a Drunk Driving Conviction
Yonkers, NY – The amounts drivers pay for their car insurance premiums are based on confounding algorithms that increasingly have more to do with socioeconomic factors than driving habits, according to extensive research conducted by Consumer Reports.
The organization, which believes that knowledge about the going rate of any product or service is a fundamental consumer right, has released the findings of a two-year, in-depth car insurance investigation. The report analyzed more than 2 billion price quotes for sample drivers that were obtained in August and November 2014 from more than 700 companies across all 33,419 general U.S. ZIP codes. «Read the rest of this article»
Pressure Builds for Phone Carriers to Provide Customers With Call-Blocking Tools
Yonkers, NY – Attorneys General from 45 states around the country called on the major phone companies today to provide their customers with effective tools to help stop the flood of unwanted robocalls.
The effort comes just weeks after the Federal Communications Commission made clear that phone companies can and should offer such tools and as nearly 330,000 Americans have joined Consumers Union’s End Robocalls campaign calling on them to do so. «Read the rest of this article»
Citing continued danger to young children, CR calls for tougher safety standards
Yonkers, NY – Consumer Reports today announced that it would no longer recommend liquid laundry detergent pods because of the continued high-rate of accidental poisonings of young children attributable to those products.
The organization now strongly urges households where children younger than 6 are ever present to refrain from purchasing them. «Read the rest of this article»
Yonkers, NY – Decades of inaction to curb the overuse of life-saving antibiotics by physicians, dentists, patients, and farmers has created hard-to-treat “superbugs” that are spreading and growing stronger, with dire consequences, according to Consumer Reports, the world’s largest and most trusted nonprofit consumer organization.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the unrestrained use of antibiotics sickens at least 2.25 million Americans each year and kills another 37,000 people.
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