By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2019 0 Comments
    Can You Avoid Skin Damage Without Sunscreen?

    It comes as a great shock to learn that sunscreen gets under your skin.  Most people assume that what you put on your skin stays on your skin. Wrong! FDA researchers wrote in JAMA (May 6, 2019) t…

    By: Terry Graedon May 19, 2019 0 Comments
    Is Dupixent a Super Solution for Bad Eczema?

    Most people with eczema find it intensely frustrating. They itch, and their skin is often red with swollen patches. Medications may help soothe the irritation, but most patients don't know why they su…

    By: Joe Graedon May 16, 2019 3 Comments
    Billion Dollar Settlement for People with Bad Hi…

    Another week, another BIG settlement! Actually, there was one big settlement in the medical device industry regarding bad hip implants and an even bigger award in a jury trial involving the weed kille…

    By: Joe Graedon May 16, 2019 8 Comments
    Why Americans Don’t Trust the Pharmaceutical I…

    Both brand name drug companies and generic drug manufacturers have earned the distrust of the American public. In just the last week we have learned about another lawsuit filed against some of the lea…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2019 11 Comments
    Generic Drugs Hammered | Are AUTHORIZED Generics…

    This has been a very bad week for generic drug manufacturers and the FDA. Here are just a few of the stories that have made headlines. “A New Book Argues That Generic Drugs Are Poisoning Us” (New …

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2019 5 Comments
    What Took the FDA So Long to Warn About Z-Drug D…

    The Food and Drug Administration seems to take great pride in approving new drugs. Last year was “An All-Time Record, And A Watershed,” according to Forbes (Jan. 14, 2019).  The FDA shattered…

    By: Terry Graedon May 13, 2019 4 Comments
    Can Antibiotic Help Post-Colonoscopy Problems?

    Colonoscopies save lives. The procedure in which a gastroenterologist examines the lining of the colon for pre-cancerous growths called polyps allows for early detection of colon cancer. In addition, …

    By: Terry Graedon May 13, 2019 8 Comments
    Will Special SLS-Free Toothpaste Prevent Canker …

    Do you pay attention to the kind of toothpaste you use, beyond the flavor? The American Dental Association wants you to use a toothpaste with fluoride because it prevents cavities. Some readers take a…

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2019 3 Comments
    Popular Sleeping Pills Get FDA’s Black Box War…

    The Food and Drug Administration has issued a black box warning for the most popular sleeping pills on the market. This is the heaviest tool in the FDA’s toolkit, short of banning a medicine outrigh…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2019 1 Comments
    Show 1164: Will We Win the Race Against Emerging…

    Dr. Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, after observing horrific lethal infections on the battlefields of the first World War. It was the first antibiotic to defeat a wide range of terrif…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2019 1 Comments
    Drug-Resistant Infections Will Kill Millions

    Experts for the United Nations have just issued an alarming analysis about drug-resistant infections. In 2019, 230,000 people will die from multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Almost half a million mor…

    By: Joe Graedon May 6, 2019 37 Comments
    Do Statins Cause Nerve Pain (Neuropathy)?

    Statin enthusiasts have a hard time accepting that statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs have side effects. There is even one clinical trial analysis from the UK that concluded “At the doses tested…

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2019 5 Comments
    Prostate Drug Dutasteride Shrinks Prostate and P…

    Dutasterice (Avodart) has a powerful effect on the prostate gland. The history of this medication and its chemical cousin finasteride (Proscar) is a medical mystery. It all started in the Dominican Re…

    By: Joe Graedon May 6, 2019 6 Comments
    Goldilocks Got It Right: Don’t Overmedicate!

    Doctors should pay more attention to the moral of the Goldilocks story: Not Too Much, Not Too Little--Just Right! To refresh your memory, Goldilocks snuck into a house in the forest. She found it to b…

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2019 49 Comments
    Sunscreen Gets Under Your Skin | Is It Safe?

    For decades, dermatologists have encouraged us to slather on the sunscreen before we expose our skin to the sun’s rays. The goal is to prevent premature aging and, more importantly, to reduce the ri…

    By: Terry Graedon May 2, 2019 21 Comments
    Show 1163: Should You Trust Your Prescription Dr…

    Do you use mail order for your prescription drugs to get a better price? Many insurance companies strongly encourage people to order online from preferred sources so they can control how much they hav…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2019 24 Comments
    Another Week Another Losartan Recall | Will It E…

    OK, we admit that we are beyond fed up. There have been so many blood pressure drug recalls since last July that we have totally lost count. It was only about a week ago that we wrote about a recall o…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2019 17 Comments
    Can Your Medicine Cause Confusion or Memory Loss…

    Have you experienced trouble finding the right word? What about forgetting someone’s name you should know? How about having a hard time finding your car at the supermarket or airport? Most of the ti…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2019 7 Comments
    Will Ketamine Really Battle Life-Long Depression…

    People with depression have a really tough time. Not only does the condition suck all of the joy out of life, the medications used to treat it have some potentially serious side effects. Moreover, ant…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2019 20 Comments
    Why Is This Pharmacist Complaining About Levothy…

    Let’s get one thing straight. We are mad as hell about drug shortages. There is no question that important medicines have been in short supply for years and the FDA has done very little to help corr…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2019 6 Comments
    Falling Asleep with Zolpidem | Waking up with He…

    What do you do when you are caught on the horns of a dilemma? We describe such situations a couple of ways: “Between the devil and the deep blue sea” is one. A similar saying goes: “between a ro…

    By: Terry Graedon April 22, 2019 9 Comments
    Do Drug-Resistant Germs Hide Out in Hospitals?

    In the 19th century, nobody wanted to go to the hospital. Before antibiotics were discovered, people considered these institutions as the very last resort. The wards were unfriendly and frequently con…

    By: Joe Graedon April 18, 2019 8 Comments
    Medical Marijuana Users May Require More Anesthe…

    Millions of people are now using cannabis regularly. Some smoke marijuana. Others eat marijuana gummies, brownies, chocolate bars, truffles and chocolate chip cookies. Then there is medical marijuana.…

    By: Terry Graedon April 15, 2019 7 Comments
    What Is the Story on Grapefruit Juice and Meds?

    What do you know about the story on grapefruit juice and drug interactions? Some people have heard that it is risky to combine juice but not fruit with certain medications; others insist that the inte…

    By: Terry Graedon April 15, 2019 7 Comments
    Go Easy on Licorice to Avoid Leg Cramps

    Your mother probably told you not to eat too much candy because it could ruin your teeth. Maybe your grandmother warned that gobbling candy would make you gain weight. But did anyone tell you to go ea…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2019 11 Comments
    Polypharmacy and Premature Deaths Especially in …

    Have you been to a doctor’s office or a clinic lately? Chances are very good that a med tech weighed you, measured your blood pressure and took your temperature. This information was entered into a …

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2019 22 Comments
    Gabapentin and Fuzzy Thinking: A Recognized Side…

    We have been writing a lot about GABA drugs like gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica). That because a report from ISMP (Institute for Safe Medication Practices) has a QuarterWatch article: …

    By: Joe Graedon April 11, 2019 8 Comments
    FDA Approves Evenity to Build Bone Against Osteo…

    The FDA has just approved a new drug for osteoporosis that works differently than existing medications. Romosozumab will be sold under the brand name Evenity. This injectable monoclonal antibody actua…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2019 5 Comments
    Show 1160: How Good Is the Evidence for Cutting …

    For decades, public health experts have been admonishing Americans to cut the salt in our diets. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends that we limit ourselves to 2,300 mg of sodium daily.…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2019 13 Comments
    Scary Drug-Resistant Fungal Infection Is Spreadi…

    A life-threatening drug-resistant fungal infection is spreading around the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are reporting outbreaks of Candida auris in 12 states. New York…

    By: Terry Graedon April 8, 2019 7 Comments
    Should You Take Your Aspirin with Honey?

    When we were kids, we were amused by a silly poem that went like this: "I eat my peas with honey. "I've done it all my life. "It makes the peas taste funny, "but it keeps them on my knife." We were eq…

    By: Terry Graedon April 8, 2019 11 Comments
    Will It Hurt to Switch Generic Levothyroxine?

    Levothyroxine, or T4 thyroid hormone, is a very old medication. Scientists first extracted this compound from pig thyroid glands more than 100 years ago, but no drug maker marketed the synthetic form …

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2019 10 Comments
    Doctors Deny That PPIs Can Cause Kidney Damage

    It can take years or even decades to discover serious drug side effects. Think of it as a long-running drug experiment. Proton pump inhibitors like esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) and o…

    By: Terry Graedon April 8, 2019 16 Comments
    Will Probiotics Help You Recover from Antibiotic…

    Antibiotics are crucial tools for overcoming serious infections. However, they can often kill beneficial bacteria that live in the digestive tract and elsewhere along with the harmful invaders. As lon…

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2019 23 Comments
    New Concerns About Gabapentin and Pregabalin (Ly…

    A recent review of the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) reveals some disconcerting data about commonly prescribed drugs for nerve pain (ISMP QuarterWatch Reports (March 27, 2019). This i…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2019 29 Comments
    Will Statins Protect the Brain and Lower Blood S…

    We have written on several occasions that statins are linked to diabetes. The most recent article was this one: “Statins Cause Diabetes: The Link Just Got Stronger!” Before that we wrote: "Statins…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2019 20 Comments
    Benzodiazepine Dependence | A Hard Habit to Kick

    When most people hear the words “drug abuse” they think of opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone or heroin. Other contenders include stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine (“meth”), alcohol…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2019 6 Comments
    Generic Escitalopram (Lexapro) Bombs Out Against…

    Escitalopram (Lexapro) is an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor). That means it is a lot like fluoxetine (Prozac). We have lost confidence in the FDA’s ability monitor generic drug quality…

    By: Joe Graedon March 28, 2019 6 Comments
    Why Should You Care about the Xarelto and OxyCon…

    We don’t usually report on litigation. Although legal cases often involve a LOT of scientific evidence, the outcomes are not always trustworthy. Just because a jury finds a product deficient or dang…

    By: Joe Graedon March 25, 2019 20 Comments
    Aviation Disasters Highlight Fundamental Flaws a…

    When an airplane crashes it captures the world’s attention. When two planes crash it instantly becomes a crisis. Such was the case with the Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane. On October 29, 2018, 189 people…