About Us

Worstpills.org is researched, written and maintained by Public Citizen, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts.

Consumer advocate Dr. Sidney Wolfe and his team of experts work for research-based, system-wide changes in health care policy, with a primary focus on working to ban or relabel unsafe or ineffective drugs and to encouraging greater transparency and accountability in the drug approval process.

In order to maintain its independent status, Public Citizen does not accept funding from corporations, professional associations or government agencies.

The Authors

Sidney Wolfe, M.D. has been the Director of the Health Research Group, a division of Public Citizen, since its creation in 1971.

Prior to co-founding the Health Research Group, in 1966 Dr. Wolfe began working at the National Institutes of Health where he did research on aspects of blood-clotting and on alcoholism. He met Ralph Nader in Washington, D.C. at a meeting of the American Patients Association, began advising Mr. Nader on health problems in America and helped in the recruitment of medical student volunteers who worked for Mr. Nader.

Since 1995, Dr. Wolfe has been an Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His medical degree is from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio and his internship and residency were in internal medicine. He is currently a member of the Society for General Internal Medicine. His awards include receiving the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1990.

Michael Carome, M.D. is the Deputy Director of the Health Research Group. Dr. Carome is an internationally recognized expert on the protection of human research subjects.

Prior to joining Public Citizen in 2011, Dr. Carome served as Associate Director for Regulatory Affairs at the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) within the Department of Health and Human Services, Staff Nephrologist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center's Department of Medicine, Director of the Division of Compliance Oversight within OHRP, Chief of the Compliance Oversight Branch in the Office for Protection from Research Risks at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Assistant Professor of Medicine for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Internal Medicine Resident and Nephrology Fellow at Walter Reed and Guest Researcher at the Renal Cell Biology Section of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

His medical degree is from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio and his internship and residency were in internal medicine.

Elizabeth Barbehenn, Ph.D. was trained as a biochemist and was a researcher at the National Institutes of Health for 10 years. Subsequently, she worked for the Food and Drug Administration as a pharmacologist for 13 years analyzing toxicity data from animal studies. Since 1998, she has been with Public Citizen where she continues her work analyzing drug safety.

Larry Sasich, Pharm.D., M.P.H., FASHP has been a researcher and consultant to Public Citizen since 1995 where his main focus has been Worst Pills, Best Pills News. He has held faculty positions in the U.S. and abroad. His pharmacy degrees are from Idaho State University and the University of the Pacific, and his Masters of Public Health is from The George Washington University.

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