Week in Review

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Online petition tool, changes to online privacy protection, Texas sues the EPA over power plant emissions rule, and more.

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  • The White House launched the online tool We the People to assist web users in creating electronic petitions addressed to the Obama Administration.
  • As part of its plan to phase out the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in medical devices, the FDA affirmed that asthma inhalers containing CFCs will no longer be sold after 2011. One of the products that will be discontinued is the only asthma inhaler currently available over the counter.
  • The Open Government Partnership formally launched on Tuesday with eight member states, including the U.S., dedicating themselves to promoting transparency and citizen participation in government.
  • The Health Resources and Services Administration (HSRA) restricted public access to its online database after a reporter allegedly decoded the identity of a physician using publicly available information. The database contains disciplinary and malpractice information on medical practitioners and suppliers but does not identify them by name.