Grant funding

The Health Ratings Center work has been supported by a series of significant grants. Each has contributed to our continuing efforts to collect, evaluate and distribute information about the cost, quality and safety of health-care products and services.

The Consumer Health Choices program  in turn brings all that information together for distribution to the widest possible audience.

Here are our major grant-supported projects  to date.

Best Buy Drugs — The current sponsor of this long-running project is the state Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Education Grant Program, which is funded by the multi-state settlement of consumer fraud claims regarding the marketing of the prescription drug Neurontin. The Engelberg Foundation provided a generous grant from 2004 to 2007 to fund the creation of the project and in 2008 a generous follow-on grant for ongoing project activities. Additional funding from 2004 to 2008 came from the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Heart disease screening tests — Consumer Reports has for the first time applied the famous Ratings system to nine common heart disease screening tests. Each Rating addresses the extent to which a test’s benefits outweigh the risks based on five factors, including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations, additional evidence, disease burden, value and additional benefits. This project was made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Attorney General on behalf of Attorneys General of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, from litigation-settlement funds to benefit the health-care needs of consumers with high blood pressure and angina.

Dietary supplements — The Airborne Cy Pres Fund was established in 2010 through a legal settlement of a national class-action lawsuit  (Wilson v. Airborne Health, Inc., et al.) regarding deceptive advertising practices by the makers of Airborne dietary supplements. Consumer Reports received a two-year grant from the fund to educate the public about dietary supplements.