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Prescription Errors Increase as Overworked Pharmacists Are Pressured to Increase Profits

pills A major investigative report by the New York Times reveals that big drug chains have imposed tasks on pharmacists to increase efficiency and revenue, and those tasks are leading to more errors being made with sometimes devastating consequences for patients. Here are some tips on how to protect yourself from prescription errors.

Top Complaints Received by the FTC in 2019

complaining The Federal Trade Commission released its annual report summary last week about the types of complaints it received last year. They got over three million complaints last year, with over half of them alleging some type of fraud. The FTC was able to make over $230 million in refunds to consumers. Identity theft, imposter scams, and telephone issues topped their list of complaints. Here is the full report, with all the various complaint categories and state-by-state statistics.



See the Super Bowl Ads Again

Many people watch the Super Bowl more for the ads than for the game itself. In case you missed some of the commercials, or just want to see them again, here is where you can do it: site 1, site 2, and site 3.

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Mouse Print* -- Honest Tea Making Less Than Honest Low Sugar Claims

mouse print Honest Tea, a bottled product from the Coca-Cola Company claims it is just a "tad" sweet. We checked the nutrition facts label and discovered just the opposite. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

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Bargain of the Week

Buy a $45 Sam's Club Membership, Get $45 in Store Credit

Whattadeal! Buy a new Sam's Club membership for $45 and within three days they will credit your membership account with $45. That credit is good for 60 days on most things in the store, but not on "instant savings" sale items. If you don't cancel before the year is up, your credit card will be charged for a second year. Offer ends March 8th. Thanks to Dan K. for the bargain tip.

See also: Hot Deals

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Selling It! (Humor Column)

The fun section of Consumer Reports is their "Selling It" page where they poke fun at ads with surprising claims. Here is the March 2020 edition.

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