Sidney Wolfe, Relentless Consumer Activist and FDA Foe, Dies at 86 Sidney Wolfe, a tenacious consumer rights advocate who challenged the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) on the safety and efficacy of drugs, has died at the age of 86. Wolfe, who founded Public Citizen Health Research Group in 1971, championed the cause of consumer safety. He established himself as an outspoken critic of the FDA, pushing for stricter standards of regulation for drugs and medical devices. He was often at odds with the powerful pharmaceutical industry, which he accused of lobbying the FDA to overlook the risks associated with their products. The consumer advocate was also an advocate of generic drugs as an alternative to expensive, brand-name drugs. His advocacy led to the development of government programs to provide affordable prescription drugs to seniors, uninsured Americans and those with serious illnesses. Throughout his illustrious career, Wolfe received several awards and distinctions for his tireless pursuit of consumer safety. He was nominated for the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for his work and was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2000. Wolfe was known for his rigid posture in the fight against the FDA, pushing it to take stronger action when drug makers failed to meet safety standards. His influence extended beyond the US, with delays in drug approvals in Europe attributed to his activism. At the time of his death, his advocacy group was carrying on his mission. It had recently filed legal briefs to challenge the FDA’s approval of a controversial breast cancer drug. The passing of Sidney Wolfe marks the end of a remarkable legacy in consumer advocacy. His indomitable spirit and unflinching pursuit of safety will inspire generations of activists who will continue to fight for the rights of consumers.