Joe Graedon at a microphone recording The People's Pharmacy radio show
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”

About Joe Graedon

EDUCATION

Joe Graedon received his BS from Pennsylvania State University in 1967 and then did research on mental illness, sleep, and basic brain physiology at the New Jersey Neuropsychiatric Institute in Princeton. In 1971 he earned his MS in pharmacology from the University of Michigan. Joe was conferred the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa from Long Island University in 2006 as one of the country’s leading drug experts for the consumer.

PROFESSSIONAL OVERVIEW

Joe has lectured at the Duke University School of Nursing and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy. From 1971 to 1974 he taught pharmacology at the School of Medicine of the Universidad Autonoma “Benito Juarez” of Oaxaca, Mexico. He served as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission on over-the-counter drug issues from 1978 to 1983 and was on the Advisory Board for the Drug Studies Unit at UCSF from 1983 to 1989. He has been an adjunct assistant professor, Division of Pharmacy Practice and Experiential Education, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at Chapel Hill since 1986 and was a member of the National Policy Advisory Board for the UNC Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTS). He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Society for Neuroscience, and the New York Academy of Science. Joe was elected to the rank of AAAS Fellow for “exceptional contribution to the communication of the rational use of pharmaceutical products and an understanding of health issues to the public” in 2005.

Joe has served as an editorial advisor to Men’s Health Newsletter and to Prevention Magazine. Joe is an advisory board member of the American Botanical Council (Herbalgram) and he served as a member of the Board of Visitors, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, from 1989 to 2014. He served on the Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Committee of the Duke University Health System (DUHS) Board of Directors from 2003-2011.

Joe’s features on health and pharmaceuticals have been syndicated nationally to public television stations via Intraregional Program Service member exchange. He co-authored a novel, No Deadly Drug (Pocket Books, 1992), with Tom Ferguson, MD. A TV pledge special was underwritten by PBS in 1998. He is considered one of the country’s leading drug experts for consumers and speaks frequently on issues of pharmaceuticals, nutrition, herbs, home remedies, and self-care. He has appeared as a guest on many major US national television shows, including Dateline, 20/20, The Geraldo Rivera Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, Today, Good Morning America, CBS Morning News, NBC Nightly News, Extra, The Phil Donahue Show, and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

For more than a decade, Joe contributed a regular column on self-medication for Medical Self-Care, a monthly magazine edited by Tom Ferguson, MD. He began writing The People’s Pharmacy thrice-weekly newspaper column for King Features Syndicate in 1978.

Joe started providing health commentaries for NPR in 1977. He initiated The People’s Pharmacy as a weekly talk and interview show on health on WUNC in 1981. The People’s Pharmacy radio show won a Silver Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 1992. It is syndicated to hundreds of radio stations in the United States and around the world on public radio.

In 2003 Joe and Teresa received the Alvarez Award at the 63rd annual conference of the American Medical Writers Association for “Excellence in Medical Communications.” Joe & Terry were named “Hometown Heroes” through the WCHL Village Pride Award in 2009. America Talks Health presented Joe with the “Health Headliner of 1998” award for “superior contribution to the advancement of medicine and public health education.”

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Best-selling author. The People’s Pharmacy published in 1976 was number 1 on the New York Times Best Seller List for months. Joe Graedon has made a career out of translating complex medical topics into understandable language to help people make informed decisions about their health. Joe has interviewed many of the leading health researchers in the US and internationally. He uncovered flaws in FDA’s oversight of generic medications; his stories on Budeprion resulted in a recall.

HONORS:

Keynote address, Ohio State University College of Pharmacy National Issue Seminars:  “Self Medication as a Social Issue,” April, 1978.

Commencement Speaker, University of California, San Francisco; School of Pharmacy: June, 1982.

Keynote Address, John W. Umstead Series of Distinguished Lectures: Alcohol/Drug Abuse and The Community: Present Dilemmas, Future Directions, Raleigh, N.C.: April, 1988.

Host and Moderator, First Responder Teleconference on AIDS: Broadcast live from Burroughs Wellcome Co by satellite throughout North Carolina, Jan. 1988.

Moderator of “AIDS: Conflict Between Private Life and Public Health:”

Fifteenth Annual Regional Conference on Maternal and Child Health, Family Planning, and Services for Children with Special Needs; Sponsor: School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: April, 1988.

Certificate of Recognition presented by Research Triangle Park Club of Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Society in appreciation for participation in Ethical Issues in Scientific Research, November 7, 1991.

Designated Ambassador Plenipotentiary by the City of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina: January 28, 1999.

Election to the rank of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Fellow in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The AAAS Council elects members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science in its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished. Joe is honored for “exceptional contributions to the communications of the rational use of pharmaceutical products and an understanding of health issues to the public.” Presented February 19, 2005 at the AAAS Fellows Forum.

Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa: “Communicator extraordinaire, recognized as one of the country’s leading drug experts for the consumer. Author, lecturer, teacher, radio and television personality, your ‘People’s Pharmacy’ columns and books have brought potentially lifesaving information to millions and have helped people make informed decisions about protecting their health.” Long Island University, May 12, 2006

Joe has expertise on the following subjects

  • Pharmacology and pharmaceutical products
  • Drug side effects
  • A broad array of health issues
  • Nutrition & Herbs
  • Home remedies and self-care

Awards for Joe's work

  • Medical Self-Care Award for 1976 for excellence in writing and publishing in the area of medical self-care; the editors of Self-Care Magazine.
  • Alvarez Award at the 63rd annual conference (2003) of AMWA (American Medical Writers Association) for Excellence in Medical Communications.
  • Harriet Cook Carter Distinguished Lecturer, Duke University School of Nursing, 1999
  • Silver Award from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting for Producing and Hosting The People’s Pharmacy radio show on WUNC-FM in the Public Affairs Category, 1992.
  • Health Headliner of 1998 Award from America Talks Health for superior contribution to the advancement of medicine and public health education.

Books & Publications authored by Joe Graedon

  • Graedon, Joe, and Graedon, Terry, The Graedons’ Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis. People’s Pharmacy Press, 2017.
  • Graedon, Joe, and Graedon, Terry, Spice Up Your Health: How Everyday Kitchen Herbs & Spices Can Lengthen & Strengthen Your Life. People’s Pharmacy Press, 2016
  • Graedon, Teresa, and Graedon, Joe, “Let patients help with diagnosis.” Diagnosis, 2014; 1 (1): 49-51.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa, Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them. Crown Archetype, 2011.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Terry, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies: Q&As for Your Common Ailments. National Geographic, 2011.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa, Recipes & Remedies From The People’s Pharmacy. Graedon Enterprises, Inc., 2010.
  • Edwards, I. R., Graedon, J., and Graedon, T. “Placebo Harm.” Drug Safety
    2010; 33 (6):439-441.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa, Favorite Foods From The People’s Pharmacy: Mother Nature’s Medicine. Graedon Enterprises, Inc. 2009.
  • Graedon, Joe & Graedon, Teresa. “Are Generic Drugs Safe?” Prevention, Feb. 2008.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa. Favorite Home Remedies From The People’s Pharmacy. Graedon Enterprises, Inc, 2008.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa. Best Choices from The People’s Pharmacy. Rodale Books, 2006.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa. “Enlisting Families as Patient Safety Allies.” Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 2006. Doi:10.1016/j.cpem.2006.08.006
  • “Medications” in Health Care Choices for Today’s Consumer: Guide to Quality & Cost Marc Miller, ed. New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1997.
  • “Over-the-Counter Drugs” in The Merck Manual of Medical Information Home Edition, Robert Berkow, ed. Rahway, NJ: Merck Research Company, 1997.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa. The People’s Pharmacy Guide to Home and Herbal Remedies. St. Martin’s Press, 1999; 2001.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa. Completely New and Revised: The People’s Pharmacy. St. Martin’s Press, 1996; 1998.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa. The People’s Guide to Deadly Drug Interactions. St. Martin’s Press, 1995; 1997, 1999.
  • Graedon, Joe, Ferguson, Tom and Graedon, Teresa. The Aspirin Handbook. Bantam Books, 1993.
  • Ferguson, Tom and Graedon, Joe. No Deadly Drug. New York, Pocket Books, 1992.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa. Graedons’ Best Medicine: From Herbal Remedies to High-Tech Rx Breakthroughs. New York, Bantam Books, 1991.
  • Self-Medication column, Medical Self Care, bimonthly. 1979-1990.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa. 50+: The Graedons’ People’s Pharmacy for Older Adults. New York, Bantam Books, 1988.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa. Joe and Terry Graedons’ Healthful Hints. Chapel Hill, WUNC Radio, 1987.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa The People’s Pharmacy, Totally New and Revised. New York, St. Martin’s Press, l985.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa. The New People’s Pharmacy: Drug Developments of the ‘80s. New York, Bantam Books, 1985.
  • Graedon, Joe, with Graedon, Teresa.The People’s Pharmacy-2. New York, Avon Books, 1980.
  • Graedon, Joe: The People’s Pharmacy: A Guide to Prescription Drugs, Home Remedies, and Over-The-Counter Medications. New York, St. Martin’s Press, Avon Books, 1976.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa. “Panic Prevention for Parents.” The Independent. Vol IV:2l. Nov 1986.
  • Graedon, Joe and.Graedon, Teresa. “l6 Home Remedies You Can Trust.” Family Circle. Vol 99:4. Mar 1986.
  • Graedon, Joe. “101 Prescription Drugs And How to Buy Them for Less.” Good Housekeeping. Oct 1985. p. l38.
  • Graedon, Joe and Weiss, Brian. “Double-Duty Medicines:
    New Power From Old Pills.” American Health 4(7):68-74, 1985.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa. “Why Suffer? Painkillers That Really Work.” Family Circle. Mar 1985. p. 44.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa. “High-Power Herpes Help.” The Independent. Vol 3:5. Mar 1985.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa.”The News About Herpes.” New Woman. Sep 1985. p. 40.
  • Graedon, J.: “On the Trail of A Cure for Herpes Virus.” The Leader. l9:l8. Jan 1985.
  • Graedon, Joe and Graedon, Teresa. Book Review: Strong Medicine, Arthur Hailey. USA Today. Oct 1984.
  • Graedon, Joe. “Sexual Side Effects of Widely Used Medicines.”
    Bottom Line. Dec 1983,. p. l2.
  • Graedon, Joe: “Mixing Medicines or Russian Roulette? Drug Interactions and the Elderly.” Rushes: Mississippi Clearinghouse for Drug Abuse Information 4(3):2, 1977.
  • Graedon, Joe: “Killing Combos.” Esquire 85(5):136-142, 1976.
  • Goldstein, L.; Graedon, J., et al. “A Comparative Study of the Effects of Methaqualone and Glutethimide on Sleep in Male Chronic Insomniacs.” The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 10:258-268, 1970.
    Abstracted in Psychophysiology 7:341-342, 1971.
  • Graedon, J., Goldstein,F. and Goldstein, L.: “A Quantitative Analysis of the Amplitude Relationships Between Right and Left Parietal Lobes During Sleep in Normal Subjects.” Psychophysiology 6:218, 1969.
  • Polis, B.D., Wyeth, J., Goldstein, L. and Graedon, J. “Stable Free-Radical Forms of Plasma Proteins or Simpler Related Structures Which Induce Brain Excitatory Effects.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 64:755-762, 1969.
  • Goldstein, L., Polis, B.D. and Graedon, J. “Stimulant Effects of Stable Free Radicals on Rabbit EEG.” The Pharmacologist 10:204 1968.
  • Medical Self-Care Magazine
  • Graedon,Joe: “Over-The-Counter.” Medical Self-Care. 1984;Summer:18.
  • Graedon, Joe: “The Vitamin Dilemma.” Medical Self-Care. l984;Spring:25.
  • Graedon, Joe: “Update: Dangerous Drug Interaction.” Medical Self-Care. l984;Winter:29.
  • Graedon, Joe:“Stocking Your Home Medicine Chest: Effective
    Remedies for Common Minor Ailments.” Medical Self-Care. 1983;Fall:22.
  • Graedon, Joe: “Women and Drug Advertisers.” Medical Self- Care. 1983;Summer:2l.
  • Graedon, Joe:“Patient Package Inserts.” Medical Self-Care.
    1983;Spring:20.
  • Graedon, Joe: Medication: “Drugs that Cause Erection Problems.” Medical Self-Care. 1983;Spring:20.
  • Graedon, Joe: The People’s Pharmacologist: “Unproven Cures.” Medical Self-Care. 1982;Winter:19.
  • Graedon, Joe: Medication: “Saving Money on Drugs.” Medical Self-Care. 1982;Winter:19.
  • Graedon, Joe: “Lactose Intolerance: Common But Easy to Overcome.” Medical Self-Care. 1982;Summer:17.
  • Graedon, Joe: “Drugs: Special Drug Risks for Elders.” Medical Self- Care. 198l;Winter:15.
  • Graedon, Joe: Drugs: “Drug Update.” Medical Self-Care. 1981;Summer:13.
  • Ferguson T.; Graedon J.: “Caffeine.” Medical Self-Care. 1980;Winter:11.
  • Graedon, Joe: “Medication: The Pharmacy of the Future.” Medical Self-Care. 1980;Fall:l0.
  • Graedon, Joe: “What You Need to Know About Drugs.” Medical Self-Care. 1979/80;Winter:7.

Former Roles

  • Consultant to the Federal Trade Commission on Non-Prescription Drug Advertising and Rule Making: 1978-1983.
  • Member of the N.C. Triangle Colloquium for Safety and Health Policy: 1978-1980.
  • Consultant, columnist and Drug Editor for Medical Self-Care Magazine: 1978-1990.
  • Member of Advisory Board of the Drug Studies Unit, University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy: 1983-1989.
  • Member of Advisory Board of Wellness Resources Institute, Inc.: 1982-1985.
  • Member of Editorial Board of Medical Communications , the official journal of the American Medical Writers Association: 1984-1985.
  • State Board Member, The Childhood Trust, 1991-1995.
  • Co-founder with Fred Eckel, Pharmaceutical Systems Discussion Group; (supported by the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy Policy Research Laboratory) at Chapel Hill, 1991-1995.
  • Advisor, White paper supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: “e-Patients, Online Health, and the Search for Sustainable Healthcare: A Guide for Grantmakers:” 2002
  • Co-founder of The Society for Participatory Medicine, 2007.
  • Board Member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, 2009-2014.
  • Editorial Advisor, Prevention magazine: 2006-2010
  • Editorial Advisor on pharmacological issues, Men’s Health Newsletter: 1990-2010.
  • Co-editor in chief, Journal of Participatory Medicine, 2011-2016.
  • Member of the National Policy Advisory Board (NPAB) of the UNC Program on Health Outcomes Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERT). 1999-2000.
  • Member of the North Carolina Consortium of Natural Medicine and Public Health: 2001-2004; Member of the Consortium Executive Committee: 2003.
  • Member of the Patient Safety and Quality Assurance Committee of the Duke University Health System Board of Directors: 2003-2011.
  • Member of the Patient Advocacy Board of the Duke University Health System: 2005-2011.
  • Minifeatures on health and pharmaceuticals, The University of North Carolina Center for Public Television; Producer & Host, 1990-1993.
  • Regular weekly commentaries on drugs, nutrition, and related medical matters, WTVD-TV (Capital Cities/ABC, Inc.); noon news, Special health reports for evening news; 1986-1989.
  • Semiweekly features for nationally syndicated television show “Everyday with Joan Lunden,” !989-1990.
  • Co-hosted “The People’s Pharmacy: Deadly Drug Interactions” pledge special for the Public Broadcasting System member television stations and PBS Home Video (co-produced with The University of North Carolina Center for Public Television). December 1998-March 1999.

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