Coalition Letter Calling on the Senate Not to End the Current Development of Quality Standards for Biologics

July 23, 2019 Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Wyden, As organizations representing American consumers, seniors, taxpayers, and free-market advocates, we are writing to express concerns over Section 207 of S. 1895, the Lower Health Care Costs Act. Many provisions of the bill would expand consumer choice, save taxpayer money, and lower out-of-pocket costs for […]

THE HILL: Public Quality Standards for Biologic Drugs Promote Transparency and Competition; Don’t Get Rid of Them

A draft of the Lower Health Care Costs Act circulated by the U.S. Senate’s powerful Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee includes a provision that would drastically change how the U.S. develops standards for the strength, quality, and purity of medicines, particularly cutting-edge biologics and biosimilars. Read this op-ed at The Hill to learn why […]

Big Data and EU Antitrust Probes

Six months ago, the European Commission said its antitrust inquiry revealed that Google’s use of its very popular search product violated the EU’s competition standards.  This week the Commission released the text of its report.  The previously announced 2.4 billion Euro fine was affirmed. As if to divert attention away from the antitrust report, the […]

When You Want Real Progress, Set a Realistic Goal

The miles per gallon (mpg) efficiency for an automobile makers’ cars is gauged against the EPA’s efficiency standards.  Different standards apply to each model of car and truck because the vehicle size (wheelbase multiplied by track) establishes the EPA efficiency target, and the standards increase over time at a torrid pace. The Corporate Average Fuel […]

Forest Certification Monopoly is a Bad Deal for Consumers

Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) released its latest ConsumerGram, “Forest Certification Monopoly WouldKill Jobs and Cost Consumers.”  The report highlights studies from both ACI and other experts who warn against the negative economic consequences of monopolizing forest certification.  Doing so would cost tens of billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs, while […]

News Release: New Paper Shows the Varying Sustainability Standards Mislead Consumers

New Paper Shows the Varying FSC Sustainability Standards Mislead Consumers  Paper encourages customers to question FSC’s claims before spending more for FSC-certified products For Immediate Release: December 3, 2012 Contact:  Jamie Rhoades [email protected] Washington – As organizations like the Federal Trade Commission issue revised guides to help ensure marketers make accurate claims about their products’ […]

ACI Announces New Study: Recommends Credible Certification Standards for Consumer Protection

Earlier this year, the American Consumer Institute started studying issues surrounding “forest certification” and their impact on domestic timber and consumer markets.  These are under the radar issues for many Americans, but they are important to raise because they impact consumer perception of the sustainability and commensurate value of wood and paper products.  As new […]

Ethics in Forest Certification Standards

The National Legal and Policy Center wrote this informative piece on the why the current movement toward a single forest certifiation standard is wrong and harms consumers.  They point out that, as Milton Friedman said, programs need to be judged based on their results, not intentions.  The piece can be read here.

Vacuum Manufacturers Cleaning Up; Consumers Pay Hidden Costs

Study urges FTC to require new industry standard to disclose hidden variable expenses Washington, DC (October 5, 2010) – Once consumers buy a vacuum cleaner, they are often unwittingly locked into paying much more for expensive accessories required for its operation, including bags, belts and various filters, according to a study conducted by TeleNomic Research […]