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“The mission of The Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.” (; accessed 5/22/03)

List of sponsors who contributed $100,000 or more annually:

  • Abbott Immunology
  • Amgen
  • Bayer Consumer Care
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Centocor
  • Genentech
  • HealthSouth Corporation
  • McNeil
  • Nature Made® TripleFlex™
  • Pfizer Animal Health
  • RehabCare
  • U.S. Nutrition
  • Watkins Manufacturing
  • Weider Nutrition International
  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

(; accessed 2/27/06)

According to The Sacramento Bee, the Arthritis Foundation’s “Ease-of-Use” program allows companies to put the foundation’s seal on a product provided that the product in question passes an examination and the company donates $25,000. (Sacramento Bee, “Arthritis Foundation is Open About Funding,” 6/26/05) The following companies are listed as members of the “Ease-of-Use” program:

  • BIC USA, Inc.
  • Bionic Gloves
  • Cardinal Brands (Ring Binders)
  • Designer Appliances (Aerobic Mouse)
  • dj Orthopedics (Bracing Products)
  • Exercyle Company
  • Fiskars Garden & Outdoor Living
  • Folgers Coffee Company
  • Golf Pride
  • Grabber Performance Group (Heat Treat Warmers)
  • Joint Juice
  • LifeScan (a J&J company)
  • Oreck Corporation
  • Owens-Illinois Prescription Products
  • Pactiv Corporation (Hefty One Zip)
  • Pentel of America, Ltd.
  • Pfizer Consumer Healthcare (BenGay)
  • Pilot Pen Corporation of America
  • ThermoSpas
  • Wyeth Consumer Healthcare (Advil)

Other Sponsors:

  • CIBC World Markets
  • Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals

(; accessed 6/28/05)

2001 Funders include:

$500,000 - $999,999

  • Amgen Inc.
  • Bayer Consumer Care
  • Immunex Corporation
  • Rexall Sundown Inc.
  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

$250,000 - $499,999

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Merck & Co. Inc.
  • Pharmacia Corp.

$100,000 - $249,999

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Aventis Pharmaceuticals
  • Barr Laboratories Inc.
  • Centocor Inc.
  • HealthSouth Corp.
  • The Hoglund Foundation
  • New York State Laborers’ Health & Safety Trust Fund
  • Schering-Plough HealthCare Products Inc.
  • Weider Nutrition

$50,000 - $99,999

  • Pfizer’s Warner Lambert Consumer Group
  • Royal Appliance Mfg. Co.
  • Watkins Manufacturing Co.

$25,000 - $49,999

  • Cardinal Brands
  • Grabber Performance Group
  • Leading Lady
  • The J.M. Long Foundation
  • Pactiv Corporation
  • The Roslyn Savings Foundation
  • Sonic Corp. Medical Research Foundation
  • Wyeth Consumer Healthcare

$10,000 - $24,999

  • Daiichi Pharmaceutical Corp.
  • Garden Pals
  • Hillcrest Medical Center Foundation
  • Oxnard Foundation
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Pilot Pen Corporation of America
  • Quick & Reilly
  • Dr. Scholl Foundation
  • Tucson Marriott Business Council
  • UPMC Health System
  • Webster Industries

(Annual Report 2001, Arthritis Foundation;; accessed 5/28/03)

“Website sponsors. The Arthritis Foundation is pleased to recognize the following companies and organizations, each of which, during 2000, contributed $100,000 or more to support our mission:” Amgen, Aventis, Bioglan Pharma,, Centocor, Cypress BioScience, HealthSouth Corporation, Hot Spring Spas, Merck & Co. Inc., Pfizer’s Warner-Lambert Consumer Group, The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs, Rexall Sundown, Royal Appliance Manufacturing Company, Searle, Weider Nutrition International, Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories (; 9/11/00)

According to an Associated Press story, “the [Arthritis Foundation] had agreed to the use of its logo in the ads in exchange for $350,000 in contributions by Rexall [Sundown] to an arthritis education campaign. But the ads, which claim Osteo Bi-Flex helps repair and rebuild cartilage, began appearing in national magazines in May without review by the foundation.” (AP, 6/6/99)

Arthritis Foundation licensed its name to McNeil Consumer Products for aspirin, acetominophen, and ibuprofen-containing products. A coalition of Minnesota and 18 other state attorneys general won a $2 million settlement from McNeil in 1996 for deceiving consumers with products labeled with the Arthritis Foundation name. (Press release from Minnesota attorney general, 10/16/96)

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