New ConsumerGram: Lifesaving Drugs at Lower Costs

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began approving generic (unbranded) prescription drugs around 30 years ago, and generic drugs are now saving consumers more than one trillion dollars per decade in healthcare costs over their brand named counterparts.  Competition from generics has provided more options to doctors and better access to patients – at prices […]

ACI’s Huffington Post Blog: User-Unfriendly Online Ticket Sales

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So, you want to attend a concert featuring one of your favorite performers?  Why not buy your tickets online and use the convenient venue seating charts?  Well, comparing prices between online vendors can be difficult and time-consuming.  And, many online vendors like it that way, as we will explain. When it comes to buying event […]

ACI Asks FDA: Write Rules for Biosimilar Drug Market Entry

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July 10, 2014 Ms. Margaret A. Hamburg Commissioner U.S. Food and Drug Administration 10903 New Hampshire Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20993 Dear Commissioner Hamburg: On behalf of The American Consumer Institute (ACI), a nonprofit educational and research organization, we are writing to raise an issue of critical concern regarding the naming of biosimilar drugs.  We […]

ACI Letter to Senator Thune on STELA Reauthorization: Let’s First Have Comprehensive Reform

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On June 7, 2014, The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research submitted a letter to Senator Thune regarding the upcoming STELA reauthorization.  The text of the bill is as follows: ________________________________________________________   July 7, 2014 The Honorable John Thune United States Senate SD-511 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Thune: As you consider STELA reauthorization, the American […]

ACI in Forbes

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ACI has an article that discusses how two issues — the imposition of net neutrality regulations and the end of the  Internet Tax Moratorium – will lead to sharp increases in Internet taxes and a devastating impact on consumers.  To the read the article, “A Perfect Storm: Net Neutrality and the End of the Internet Tax Moratorium,” see […]

ACI Experts Write on the Health and Economic Effects of Counterfeit Drugs

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Today’s American Health & Drug Benefits (AH&DB) Journal, a peer-reviewed forum, published an article written by three ACI experts — Erwin A. Blackstone, Professor of Economics at Temple University; Joseph P. Fuhr, Jr., Professor of Economics at Widener University; and Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer Institute, Center for Citizen Research.  The article can […]

ACI in Real Clear Policy — Getting Rid of Incompetent Teachers

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In a student versus school system lawsuit (Vergara v. State of California), the students won on their claim that grossly incompetent teachers deny them of their right to an education.  The judge found that school systems “permit too many grossly incompetent teachers to remain in classrooms across the state — and found that those teachers […]

ACI on Net Neutrality in the Daily Caller: A Seductive Political Euphemism

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At the end of 2012, there were 634 million websites scattered across the world.  In the US, physical connections to websites are carried by dozens of commercial backbone operators and large last mile ISPs (Internet Service Providers), such as those using cellular, satellite, cable, fiber or plain old copper.  As well, there are hundreds of […]

ACI in Pittsburgh Gazette: PA’s Heavy Hand in Private Contracts

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Imagine an instance where McDonald’s was mandated to purchase fries from Burger King – or GM was required to buy auto parts from Ford. Intuitively and economically, this does not make sense. Yet, that is exactly what the legislature is trying to do in Pennsylvania. The two parties in question though do not make fries […]