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News Release | PennPIRG | COVID-19

Hospital repair professionals: Just let us fix life-saving devices like ventilators

PennPIRG delivered a letter to state legislators and the governor Monday, signed by 326 hospital repair experts, calling for manufacturers to stop withholding what technicians need to fix medical equipment like ventilators. It’s part of PennPIRG’s larger Right to Repair Campaign, which aims to remove unnecessary barriers to repair that drive up costs for product owners and increase electronic waste. PennPIRG worked with Representative Austin Davis to introduce the Digital Fair Repair Act last month.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19

Health pros call for transparent, central coordination from Trump administration

U.S. PIRG, Get Us PPE, Doctors for America, and several other health groups, along with nearly 300 medical professionals, sent a letter to the Trump Administration on Friday calling for central coordination of the medical supply chain and comprehensive testing infrastructure.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Financial Reform

Americans need stronger consumer protections during COVID-19 crisis

U.S. PIRG Education Fund has released a report with the Student Borrower Protection Center and Consumer Action. The report makes recommendations to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to upgrade its consumer complaint tool, including the public consumer complaint database, so COVID19-related complaints can be handled more quickly and tracked better.

News Release | PennPIRG | COVID-19

Proposed PA Bill Will Cut Repair Costs for Hospitals, Consumers, & Farmers

Hospitals struggling to repair ventilators during the novel coronavirus have run into a problem facing multiple industries: they lack the “Right to Repair.” A new bill from Representative Austin Davis (McKeesport) attempts to change that. Currently, manufacturers often withhold critical information, tools, and parts to fix a wide range of products including cell phones, hospital equipment, tractors, and other devices. That forces businesses and consumers to return to the manufacturer for almost any fix, from a broken screen to an inoperable combine on the farm. The proposed legislation would require manufacturers to provide parts, tools, service manuals and repair software for a reasonable price. 

News Release | COVID-19

STATEMENT: After public outcry, ventilator repair restrictions loosen

U.S. PIRG has been calling on manufacturers of ventilators to release all the service information needed for biomedical technicians to repair that equipment. Increasingly, those companies are posting the requested information online. 

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