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Consumer Reports Magazine | September

Published: September 2017
September 2017

Cover Story

Too Many Meds? America's Love Affair With Prescription Medication
We now take more pills than ever. Is that doing more harm than good?
 • Give Your Drugs a Checkup: Reviewing Your Medication List Can Prevent Errors
Find out what happened when CR's secret shoppers visited pharmacists across the U.S.
 • 12 Times to Try Lifestyle Changes Before Medication
Your first treatment doesn't always have to come in pill form.
 • From Pill Organizers to Apps, How to Manage Your Meds
Staying organized can prevent potentially dangerous errors.
 • Is It Time for a Medication Reconciliation?
Answer these six questions to see how important a 'brown bag review' is for you.
 • How to Get Off Prescription Drugs
Tips for stopping your meds safely, plus three success stories.
 • What Older People Need to Know About Prescription Drug Risks
Lower doses and fewer meds can help prevent problems.

Special Report

The Cost of Car Ownership Over Time
Expenses can skyrocket when warranty and free-maintenance periods are over.

Best and Worst Used-Car Satisfaction
A CR survey reveals the used-car models that will keep you satisfied over the long haul, and those that won't.


When to Get the Best Deals on TVs and Kitchen Appliances
CR's new pricing analysis tells you the best—and worst—times to buy a new television, range, refrigerator, or dishwasher.

How to Cash In on Cash-Back Credit Cards
CR finds the card combos that can save you hundreds of dollars per year.
 • When Canceling a Credit Card, Use Caution
How to avoid expensive consequences when you're thinking of ditching one.

Home Sweet Home Office
The best choices for the home-office gear you need, plus strategies to help you work smarter.
 • Healthy Desk Posture How-To Guide
Long hours at the computer can lead to tight, knotted muscles and pain. Here's how to stay fit and feeling good.

Product Updates

Home Office Equipment That Shows You Mean Business
These high-performance products might be pricey, but they offer pro-level perks.

Road Report

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Review: Shockingly Good
A lot of power in a small package makes it a game-changer in the electric-car market.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Review: Going the Distance
Poor braking and a mundane driving experience keep it from being a contender.

2017 Kia Niro Review: No Hybrid Hero
It will tempt the crossover crowd, but it lacks the fuel economy and driving dynamics to seal the deal.

2017 Toyota Prius Prime Review: Geeked-Out Green Machine
With its plug-in power and tablet-like center display, it's a hybrid tailor-made for gadget lovers.


From Our President: A Prescription for Better Health
Consumer Reports advocates for safer alternatives to counter the rise in prescription drug use.

Building a Better World, Together: Empowering Consumers in a Digital World
Join with us to make a safer, fairer, healthier marketplace.

Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers.

The September 2017 issue of Consumer Reports provides recommendations, expert buying advice, and Ratings on hundreds of consumer products. Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services, with more than 7 million print and online subscribers. It conducts the most comprehensive testing programs of any U.S. publication or website, and the company's experts have decades of experience in testing and reporting.

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