Tobacco companies sue over government safety panel

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted March 14, 2011

Print  |   Email  |   Respond  |   Reprints  |   Like Facebook  |   Share Twitter  |   Tweet Linkedin

Two major tobacco companies have sued the federal government, challenging the objectivity of an advisory panel that will make safety recommendations on tobacco products.

R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard filed the complaint Feb. 25 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against several government agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration and the Dept. of Health and Human Services. The tobacco companies are questioning the neutrality of an advisory panel created to help direct the enforcement of the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

The panel, known as the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, will provide advice to HHS on cigarettes and tobacco-related issues. It is scheduled to file a key report on menthol cigarette flavoring in March.

The lawsuit alleges that some members of the committee have been paid as expert witnesses for legal claims against tobacco companies and therefore have conflicting interests.

Note: This item originally appeared at

Back to top



Read story

Confronting bias against obese patients

Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story

Read story


American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story

Read story

Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story

Read story

Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story

Read story

Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story

Read story

How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story

Read story

Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story

Read story

Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story

  • Stay informed
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS
  • LinkedIn