Sidney M. Wolfe
Sidney M. Wolfe is an American physician and the co-founder and director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, a consumer and health advocacy lobbying organization. He has publicly crusaded against many pharmaceuticals, which he and his organization believe to be a danger to public health.
After earning his medical degree at Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio, Wolfe completed an internship and residency in internal medicine. Beginning in 1966 he did research on aspects of blood-clotting and alcoholism at the National Institutes of Health. He met consumer advocate Ralph Nader in Washington, D.C. at a meeting of the American Patients Association, began advising Nader on health problems in the United States, and helped in the recruitment of medical student volunteers who worked for Nader. Wolfe co-founded the consumer lobbying organization Health Research Group with Nader in 1971 and has been its Director ever since. Since 1995 he has been an Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
For more than 30 years, Wolfe campaigned to have propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet) removed from the American market, because it can cause heart arrhythmias. In 2009, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel recommended that it be withdrawn from the market. The recommendation to ban the drug was ultimately not upheld and instead manufacturers were required to place additional warning labels on packaging. In 2009, Wolfe was appointed to the FDA's Drug Safety and Risk Management Committee. On November 19, 2010, the FDA recommended against continued prescribing and use of propoxyphene.
Wolfe is currently a member of the Society for General Internal Medicine.
- MacArthur Fellows Program (1990)
- Off Diabetes Pills: A Diabetic's Guide to Longer Life (1978) with Rebecca Warner; Health Research Group
- Pills That Don't Work: A Consumers' and Doctors' Guide to Over 600 Prescription Drugs That Lack Evidence of Effectiveness; Farrar, Straus & Giroux; Revised edition (1981), with Christopher M. Coley & the Health Research Group
- Worst Pills, Best Pills: A Consumer's Guide to Avoiding Drug-Induced Death or Illness (1990), with Larry D. Sasich and Peter Lurie; Gallery Books
- Worst Pills Best Pills II: The Older Adult's Guide to Avoiding Drug-Induced Death or Illness: 119 Pills You Should Not Use: 245 Safer Alternatives (1993), with Rose-Ellen Hope, Paul D. Stolley & the Health Research Group
- Worst Pills, Best Pills (1999 edition)
- Worst Pills, Best Pills (2005), Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0-7434-9256-0
- Torrey, E. Fuller; Stieber, Joan; Ezekiel, Jonathan; Wolfe, Sidney M; Sharfstein, Joshua; Noble, John H; Flynn, Laurie M (1992), Criminalizing the Seriously Mentally Ill: The Abuse of Jails as Mental Hospitals, A joint report of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and Public Citizen's Health Research Group, ISBN 0-7881-4279-8, retrieved 12 November 2010
- Unnecessary Cesarean Sections: Curing a National Epidemic State Report for Illinois, with Mary Gabay & the Public Citizen Group (1994)
- Questionable Doctors; Disciplined by States or the Federal Government; Public Citizen Health Research Group; 1996 edition
- 2,815 Questionable Doctors; Disciplined by State and Federal Governments, Region 4: California, Hawaii, with Phyllis McCarthy, John Paul Fawcett, and Benita Marcus Adler; Public Citizen's Health Research Group; 2002 edition
Articles, book chapters
- "Unethical Trials of Interventions to Reduce Perinatal Transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Developing Countries", In: Bioethics: An Anthology (2006), Editors: Helga Kuhse, Peter Singer, Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 978-1-4051-2948-0
- Certain Adverse Events (2012), documentary film (Wolfe as interviewee)
- "FDA Advisers: Ban Painkiller Darvon". CBS news. 2009-01-30.
- Goldstein, Jacob (January 9, 2009). "Sidney Wolfe: Outsider Becomes FDA Insider". The Wall Street Journal.
- "Drug Industry's Longtime Critic Says 'I Told You So'", The New York Times, GARDINER HARRIS, February 15, 2005
- "Statement of Sidney M. Wolfe, MD, before the FDA Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee Hearing on Rosuvastatin" (HRG Publication #1669)]
- BILL MOYERS JOURNAL | Single Payer Health Insurance | PBS YouTube
- "FDA: Cautious on food safety - reckless on prescription drug safety". Huffington Post. 25 May 2011.
- Public Citizen website
- Worst Pills Best Pills
- "Health Talk: Doctors Online", Washington Post, Abigail Trafford, July 6, 1999