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pharmacist in front of drug display as cheerleader for drugsDrug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - May 31, 2021
Hands reaching for giant pill for coronavirus drug shortagesDrug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - May 24, 2021
a bottle of budeprion xl 300mgDepressionJoe Graedon - June 21, 2021 - 170 comments

Problems with Generic Wellbutrin (Bupropion)? Not Again!

We hoped that problems with the generic antidepressant for Wellbutrin (bupropion) were over. They're still coming! But Wellbutrin is PRICEY!

Joe Graedon - April 26, 2021

Can You Trust Your Drug Quality? Maybe Not!

Joe Graedon - March 1, 2021

Why Buy Brand Name Drugs from Canada?

Joe Graedon - February 8, 2021

What Are Authorized Generic Drugs and Are They Better?

Joe Graedon - December 30, 2020

More Metformin Recalls Distress Diabetes Patients

Joe Graedon - December 7, 2020

COVID Vaccine Storage: Lessons for ALL Drugs!

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 14, 2020

Shame on Us for Describing Drug Company “Girls’ Night Out”

Drug company execs are NOT supposed to meet with competitors to set prices. Men played golf and women sipped martinis at Girls' night out.

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - August 27, 2020

Have Generic Drug Companies Cheated the Public?

Drug companies are not supposed to fix prices. The antitrust division of the DOJ says some generic drug companies cheated by doing just that.

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - June 29, 2020

Can You Trust Generic Drug Quality?

Most health professionals trust generic drug quality. That's because the FDA says it does a great job. But readers are fed up with contamination problems!

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DepressionJoe Graedon - June 15, 2020

When a Drug Like Buproprion Smells Bad

When food smells bad we know not to eat it. That's because it may be spoiled. What should we do if an antidepressant like bupropion smells bad?

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DiabetesJoe Graedon - June 8, 2020

Drug Labels Inadequate for Metformin Drug Recalls

No one wants to consume carcinogens in food or water and certainly not in medicine. The FDA just announced metformin drug recalls due to contamination.

Metformin pills don't affect vitamin D status
CancerJoe Graedon - June 4, 2020

Which Metformin is OK and Which is on the FDA’s Problem List?

The FDA admits that several metformin diabetes formulations are contaminated with a probable carcinogen. Which metformin is OK? How would you know?

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Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - June 1, 2020

Looking for a Reliable Generic Medication

You can arm-wrestle your mail-order pharmacy to get pills from your preferred manufacturer. Or ask the pharmacy that checks for reliable generic medication.

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DiabetesJoe Graedon - May 28, 2020

ALERT | Metformin Carcinogen Contamination Confirmed!

Metformin is a key medication in the treatment of diabetes. Tens of millions of people take it daily. How could there be metformin carcinogen contamination?

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - May 25, 2020

Did Price Fixing by Generic Drug Companies Cheat You?

When you think of price fixing, what comes to mind? Construction, banking, transporation? What about generic drug prices? That scandal has our attention!

Hands reaching for giant pill for coronavirus drug shortages
Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 27, 2020

Could Coronavirus Drug Shortages Make It Hard to Get Your Rx?

80 percent of the active ingredients in our medications come from abroad. As a result, there are coronavirus drug shortages. Will they affect your health?

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Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - April 23, 2020

Quality Problems Prompt FDA Recall of Tetracycline

Have you heard about the FDA recall of tetracycline made by Avet Pharmaceuticals? The capsules fail to dissolve as they should.

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 20, 2020

How Can People Afford Brand Name Medicines?

Millions of people have lost their jobs and their health insurance. Some can't tolerate generic drugs. But how can they afford brand name medicines?

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - April 20, 2020

Was Your Medicine Transported Under FDA Guidelines?

How do drugs get from China to India? What about from India to the North America? Does medicine transported from abroad regularly get checked by the FDA?

Taking a blood sugar reading with a lancet, diabetes risk
CancerTerry Graedon - March 16, 2020

Can You Manage Your Blood Sugar Naturally?

If you have type 2 diabetes, paying attention to exercise, diet and supplements could help you manage your blood sugar more naturally.

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 2, 2020

Several Metformin Diabetes Drugs Contaminated with Nitrosamine

An independent pharmacy, Valisure, has alerted the FDA that several metformin diabetes drugs contain the carcinogen NDMA. What will the agency do?

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - March 2, 2020

Can You Prepare for Drug Shortages Resulting from the Coronavirus?

Covid-19 has closed factories in some parts of China. Most of our active pharmaceutical ingredients come from that country, so drug shortages may result.

Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - February 26, 2020

COVID-19 Forces FDA to Stop Inspections in China

Quarantines related to the COVID-19 epidemic make it impossible for the FDA to conduct drug manufacturer inspections in China.

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DepressionJoe Graedon - February 10, 2020

Wellbutrin XL Antidepressant Is Affordable in Canada

The FDA rarely admits a mistake. But after years of wrangling, we finally got the FDA to admit that a generic Wellbutrin XL antidepressant was a problem.

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - January 6, 2020

Importing Medicine from Canada Is Illegal but Is It Risky?

Do you know how much your medicine actually costs? Not just the copay, but the full retail price? That's why many people try importing medicine from Canada.

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - December 30, 2019

Generic Antibiotic Doxycycline Did Not Work!

Do you trust generic drugs? Should you? What about a generic antibiotic like DOXY? If an antibiotic doesn't work, lives could be in jeopardy.

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - December 5, 2019

Breaking Health News | Metformin and Nitrosamines!

Some countries are recalling the popular diabetes drug metformin. That's because of concerns about metformin and nitrosamines. Nitrosamines are nasty!

Metformin pills don't affect vitamin D status
DiabetesJoe Graedon - December 5, 2019

FDA Embraces Generic Drugs from India Despite Quality Problems

The nitrosamine controversy continues. Now add the diabetes drug metformin to a list of potential problem pills. How reliable are generic drugs from India?

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - December 5, 2019

Pharmacists Are Worried About Foreign Drug Problems

Most people don't worry about drug shortages until they happen to them. Hospital pharmacists are worried about foreign-made drugs. Should you be concerned?

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - October 14, 2019

How Can You Tell if Your Drug Is Recalled?

What should you do when your drug is recalled? Check the lot number (if you can find it) and ask the pharmacy about returning it.

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - September 23, 2019

Another BP Nitrosamine Drug Recall and Zantac (Ranitidine)

You won't believe this. There is a nitrosamine drug recall for the BP med losartan. Other countries are recalling ranitidine (Zantac) for heartburn. Why?

a bottle of Armour thyroid pills provide combination therapy for hypothyroidism
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - September 9, 2019

Has the FDA Not Approved Armour Thyroid?

A reader was surprised to learn that FDA has not approved Armour thyroid or other desiccated thyroid extracts. However, some people feel better taking it.

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DepressionTerry Graedon - August 19, 2019

Can You Overcome Trouble with Generic Antidepressants?

When patients have trouble with generic antidepressants, their doctor and pharmacist should act as allies to help them get the medication they need.

African american businesswoman feeling unwell from migraine pain touching forehead at team meeting
Drug Side EffectsTerry Graedon - July 29, 2019

How to Get Migraine Relief Without Spending a Fortune

In the hunt for migraine relief, some people shop in Canada for a brand name triptan and others try inducing brain freeze.

Woman using an EpiPen Epinephrine injector into her leg
AllergiesTerry Graedon - July 23, 2019

Will New Epinephrine Shot Be More Affordable?

Novartis has brought out a new epinephrine shot for emergency use in case of allergic reactions. Called Symjepi, it costs less than EpiPen.

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Drug Side EffectsDennis Miller, RPh - July 15, 2019

Why Are Pharmacists Silent about Generic Drug Quality?

Some writers have raised serious questions about generic drug quality, but most pharmacists don't seem very interested in the topic. Why not?

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Drug Side EffectsJoe Graedon - June 20, 2019

A New Carcinogen DMF Discovered in Valsartan BP Pills

It is hard to believe that yet another potential carcinogen has been found contaminating ARBs. The carcinogen DMF was detected in some valsartan BP pills.

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DepressionJoe Graedon - June 17, 2019

Why Aren’t Docs Outraged by Inadequate Generic Drug Approval?

The FDA says that generic drugs are equal to brand name medicines. A new book, Bottle of Lies, reveals that generic drug approval and monitoring is flawed!