Thank you for your
interest in the 11th Consumer Issues Conference. We had
well more than 200 people attend Pills, Potions and
Profits October 5 - 7, 2011. The conference featured
speakers on business/legal, health and criminal aspects
of drugs and consumers. Video from some speakers is
currently available at
http://wyocast.uwyo.edu/WyoCast/ under the tab of 11th
Consumer Issues Conference. Slide sets from many
speakers are available in PDF files on the
speakers page, and audio
recordings of many sessions will be available in the
near future. See you next year!
Why This Theme?
The marketing and use of drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, is becoming more pervasive and raises some special issues for consumers, including prescription drug advertising, advertising of dietary supplements and other over-the-counter remedies, internet and cross-border drug sales, drug patenting and pricing issues, alternative medicine, the culture of drugs in American society, drugs and the elderly, medical marijuana, and even criminal issues. This conference will bring to the forefront many business, health and legal issues associated with consumer drugs in ways that can be used by consumers, businesses, attorneys, educators and policy makers.
Speakers and Topics
Charles Barber, Yale faculty and author of “Comfortably Numb”
Michael Carome, M.D., Deputy Director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group
Trudy Lieberman, journalist, and former Consumers’ Union staff member
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Call for Exhibitors
Exhibitors are welcome to reserve a table at the conference to display information of use to participants.
To request exhibit space, please complete the "Call for Conference Exhibitors" form by September 30. The specific theme of the
Consumer Issues Conference changes each year but consumer education exhibits on topics broader than the conference theme are
welcome. There is no fee to be an exhibitor, but the conference planning committee will screen applications in order to ensure
that that focus will be preserved.
Look for these exhibitors at this
years conference: WYSAC (Wyoming Survey and Analysis
Center), UW College of Ag Department of Family and
Consumer Sciences, UW Cooperative Extension Service,
Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service,
UW College of Pharmacy, UW Students’ Attorney Program,
FDA Denver District, Federal Trade Commission (FTC),
Veteran’s Administration (VA) Meds by Mail, Federal
Citizen Information Center, Pension Benefit Guaranty
Corporation, Security Investors Protection Corporation,
Federal Reserve Board, Federal Securities and Exchange
Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Social Security Administration,
WyoCARE and the Better
Business Bureau of Northern Colorado and Wyoming, Public Citizen,
Wyoming Geriatric Education Center.
Call for Posters
Posters profiling project or
academic research are welcome. Please submit an abstract
(up to 250 words) on the poster content. With the
submission, provide your contact information (name,
title, affiliation, e-mail and phone number) and whether
your poster is research or project oriented. The posters
are to be available during the conference in the
conference venue (the Wyoming Union on the campus of the
University of Wyoming) by 8:15 am on 6 October 2011 and
should remain up until noon on 7 October. During the
midmorning break on the 6th (approximately 9:45 and
10:20am) the authors should be next to their posters to
discuss their work and answer questions.
The deadline for
submissions is Wednesday, 1 October (deadline extended).
Submission guidelines and presentation tips are
Professional Development Credits Available
The conference is pre-approved by the
Wyoming State Bar for up to 8 CLE credits,
Board of Continuing Legal & Judicial Education for up to
10 general credits.
American Association of Family
and Consumer Sciences for up to 10 PDU credits.