May 19, 2008
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Washington, DC — Sally Greenberg, Executive Director of the National Consumers League, has been appointed to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee.
“I am honored to join this Advisory committee, which was mandated by Congress, and look forward to further working with this prestigious group of experts to advocate for a robust system of information and proper warnings on drugs. I am especially interested in the Committee’s work on getting critical risk information to special populations of consumers who might not have access because of age, language barriers, low literacy or disability. The bottom line is that consumers need and want to know about the risks and benefits of the drugs they are taking and the medical devices they are using,” Greenberg said. “We hope to enhance consumers’ ability to get access to and understand this information.”
The committee’s 15 members are charged with advising FDA on communicating the risks and benefits of FDA-regulated products to the public, in order to enhance consumers’ use of these products. Greenberg joins the committee of independent experts and public members, who have backgrounds in areas including: risk communication, health literacy, behavioral and social sciences, as well as consumers, patients, caregivers, and health care providers’ rights.
“The National Consumers League has long advocated for consumer safety in the use of both over-the-counter and prescription drugs,” said Greenberg. “I commend FDA for its rapid response to this Congressional mandate, which the NCL believes will play a critical role in shaping the debate as we review and recommend effective methods for communicating with and educating consumers on the safety and effectiveness of the drugs and products they use.”
The National Consumers League provides consumers with resources on affordable health care, direct to consumer advertising of prescription drugs, and tips on communicating effectively with their health care providers. The League staffs and runs the SOS Rx Coalition, which is committed to ensuring outpatients’ safe usage of medications.
About the National Consumers League
Founded in 1899, the National Consumers League is America’s pioneer consumer organization. Its mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. NCL is a private, nonprofit membership organization. For more information, visit www.nclnet.org.