Consumer Issues Conference

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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 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

Keynote Speakers:

  • 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

    Click here for additional details on speakers, program and mail-in registration

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 available

Professional Development Credits Available

The conference is pre-approved by the Wyoming State Bar for up to 8 CLE credits,
Colorado 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.

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