By: Joe Graedon November 12, 2018 39 Comments
    Chinese-Made Losartan Recall | More Cancer Conce…

    No, no, no, no no! Not again!! Just last week we said "Not Again" when we learned that that some formulations of the blood pressure drug irbesartan were contaminated with the impurity NDEA (N-nitrosod…

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2018 12 Comments
    Should You Worry About Mail-Order Prescriptions?

    Many people are encouraged by their insurance company or their pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) to buy their medicines through the mail. They are told they will save money. Mail-order prescriptions are …

    By: Terry Graedon October 1, 2018 15 Comments
    Can You Get Celecoxib as Good as Celebrex?

    People who rely on pain relievers generally know whether their medication is working or not. We have heard many complaints from readers that their generic celecoxib does not work as well as brand name…

    By: Joe Graedon September 24, 2018 19 Comments
    What is a Fair Price for ED Drugs for Sex?

    Erectile dysfunction is not considered a serious health problem by most insurance companies. That’s because few, if any, are willing to pay for ED drugs like sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis) …

    By: Joe Graedon September 24, 2018 16 Comments
    Drug Price Gouging Is Immoral

    Are you angry about the ever-escalating cost of medicine? Here are some examples you may not be aware of. Humira (adalimumab) is highly advertised on TV. It is used to treat Crohn’s disease, ulcerat…

    By: Karen Berger, PharmD, RPh September 13, 2018 18 Comments
    Breaking Down a Prior Authorization

    A prior authorization (PA) is common terminology in pharmacies, but I find it to be very confusing for our patients. Has this ever happened to you? You visit your doctor, discuss prescription options …

    By: Joe Graedon September 10, 2018 87 Comments
    Do You Have Any Idea Where Your Pills Are Made?

    Do you swallow any pills in the morning? We would be surprised to learn that you don’t. Most Americans swallow a handful without even thinking. Let’s start with vitamins. Millions of people take B…

    By: Joe Graedon August 30, 2018 14 Comments
    Are Your HCTZ or Valsartan Blood Pressure Pills …

    We can hardly believe this. The FDA announced there are additional blood pressure pills recalled. Yup, you guessed it! The FDA is expanding the valsartan recall...again! We have lost count of how many…

    By: Terry Graedon August 27, 2018 51 Comments
    Pharmacist Did Not Tell the Truth About Valsarta…

    Over the past month, a recall that at first appeared quite limited in scope has continued to spread. The problem is with an active pharmaceutical ingredient made in China that was contaminated with a …

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2018 17 Comments
    The Valsartan Recall Disaster Keeps Getting Wors…

    The Food and Drug Administration has expanded its recall of the blood pressure drug valsartan for the third time. On July 5th the European Medicines Agency issued an alert that Chinese-made valsartan …

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2018 27 Comments
    Valsartan Recall Update: How Big Is The Problem?

    By now you have read a lot about the valsartan recall. Many lots of the common blood pressure pill, valsartan, have been recalled. Initially, the FDA issued recalls for valsartan from just three manuf…

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2018 69 Comments
    Show 1131: Was Your Medicine Made in China?

    Do you know where your medicines come from? It can actually be something of a challenge to find out, because unlike shirts or apples, drugs do not have to be labeled with country of origin. As it turn…

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2018 6 Comments
    Chinese-Made Vaccines Caught in Scandal

    Chinese manufacturers are embroiled in a domestic scandal. Regulators in China have discovered serious problems with vaccine production. What Is the Chinese Vaccine Scandal? At least two companies hav…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2018 33 Comments
    Pharmacist Wouldn’t Take Back Recalled Valsart…

    On July 5, 2018 the European Medicines Agency announced a recall of a generic blood pressure medicine called valsartan (Diovan). The active ingredient in some generic formulations was apparently conta…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 77 Comments
    Worrisome Implications of Valsartan Recall Over …

    On July 15, 2018 we issued a People’s Pharmacy Health Alert: Valsartan Blood Pressure Pills Recalled Over Cancer Concerns. We tried to provide you, our faithful readers, the story behind the headlin…

    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2018 79 Comments
    Valsartan Blood Pressure Pills Recalled over Can…

    This is scary. Please pay attention. Valsartan (Diovan) is a popular blood pressure and heart medication. According to our calculations, over 16 million prescriptions are dispensed annually. That mean…

    By: Joe Graedon May 17, 2018 11 Comments
    Are You Highly Allergic? What To Do About EpiPen…

    With warm weather, bees, wasps and other stinging creatures are on the move. That means people who are highly allergic to stings need to keep epinephrine available at all times. This injectable medica…

    By: Joe Graedon April 23, 2018 9 Comments
    Generic Celebrex Disappoints | How to Get Author…

    The Food and Drug Administration first approved generic Celebrex (celecoxib) on May 30, 2014. Not long after that, we began getting complaints from people in pain. Many maintained that the generic cel…

    By: Joe Graedon March 12, 2018 22 Comments
    What Are Authorized Generic Drugs and Are They B…

    You've heard of generic drugs, right? They are kind of like chemical copycats of brand name medicines. There's Prilosec, which is a brand name heartburn medicine. Then there's the generic omeprazole. …

    By: Joe Graedon January 29, 2018 20 Comments
    How Can I Find Sertraline that Works?

    Sertraline (Zoloft) is one of the most popular antidepressants in the pharmacy. According to our data, over 7 million people take this medicine every day in the United States. That means it beats out …

    By: Terry Graedon November 20, 2017 30 Comments
    Levothyroxine and Synthroid Are Not Interchangea…

    An ineffective thyroid gland that fails to produce enough hormone needs help. That is usually provided by a prescription for a thyroid hormone called levothyroxine. It is sold under brand names Synthr…

    By: Terry Graedon November 20, 2017 30 Comments
    In Atenolol Shortage, Will Metoprolol Substitute…

    Over the last decade or so, the United States has been increasingly plagued with drug shortages. Sometimes the scarce medications are pricey brand-name products, but frequently enough hospitals and ph…

    By: Joe Graedon July 17, 2017 130 Comments
    Problems with Generic Wellbutrin (Bupropion)? No…

    A decade ago we received a message from J. in Danville, New York. She said: "I have been taking Budeprion XL 300 mg for three months instead of Wellbutrin XL 300 mg. I find that I am easily upset and …

    By: Joe Graedon June 1, 2017 1 Comments
    Can You Afford Your Medicine?

    Are you spending more on prescription drugs and enjoying it less? A report from QuintilesIMS Institute shows that prices for medicines are still rising more rapidly than inflation (QuintilesIMS, May 3…

    By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 3 Comments
    Why Is EpiPen Maker in Trouble Again?

    The drug company Mylan got into trouble last year because of the extraordinary increase in its price for its epinephrine auto-injector. The EpiPen maker is now in a different type of trouble with the…

    By: Joe Graedon April 3, 2017 10 Comments
    Generic Drugs Can Be Pricier in Canada

    Americans pay more for prescription drugs than anyone else on earth. No wonder people are always looking for a way to save money on the medicines they need. But trying to combine two money-saving stra…

    By: Joe Graedon March 13, 2017 21 Comments
    Can You Trust Foreign-Made Generic Medicines?

    We continue to receive complaints about generic medicines. Many are made in countries where the FDA does not have an adequate number of inspectors. Often the FDA staffers do not speak the native langu…

    By: Joe Graedon March 6, 2017 28 Comments
    The Skyrocketing Price of Tetracycline is Shocki…

    The antibiotic tetracycline was first marketed in 1967. That means it is 50 years old and is available generically. The price of tetracycline should be very low. This reader discovered quite the oppos…

    By: Joe Graedon March 2, 2017 19 Comments
    Indian Generic Drug Company Spanked Again by the…

    The Indian generic drug company Wockhardt is in trouble with the Food and Drug Administration...again. This makes the sixth warning letter the company has received. According to FiercePharma (an indus…

    By: Joe Graedon February 27, 2017 29 Comments
    Why Is Celecoxib Not Working and What Can People…

    Celebrex is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It was supposed to be easier on the stomach than other arthritis drugs. But questions about its heart health slowed sales over the last decade. We r…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2017 12 Comments
    Will You Save Money Buying Synthroid from Canada…

    Drugs are more expensive in the US than anywhere else in the world. In many other countries, the government puts a cap on what the pharmaceutical companies can charge for their products. This does not…

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2016 31 Comments
    Giant Generic Drug Scandal: Companies Accused of…

    We have long suspected that something was rotten within the generic drug industry. Put aside questions about substandard factories in China and India or fraudulent test results. The latest bombshell t…

    By: Joe Graedon December 12, 2016 51 Comments
    Can you trust Canadian online pharmacies?

    The FDA has a peculiar philosophy about drug importation. It allows pharmacy chains, drug wholesales, big box discount drug stores, nursing homes and lots of other drug distributors to purchase drugs …

    By: Terry Graedon November 14, 2016 12 Comments
    Who Is Responsible for Skyrocketing Generic Drug…

    Generic drug companies have come under fire in recent years because of extraordinary price increases in their previously affordable products. The cost of medications like the antibiotic doxycycline ha…

    By: Joe Graedon November 10, 2016 26 Comments
    How Do Drug Companies Spit in the Face of Capita…

    The free market system is supposed to encourage competition. One of the key tenets of capitalism is that prices of products are determined primarily by a competitive marketplace. If company A sells a …

    By: Joe Graedon August 25, 2016 32 Comments
    Why Aren’t You Outraged at the High Cost o…

    Americans spend far more on medicines than people in any other country in the world. Researchers write in JAMA (Aug. 23-30, 2016) that "List prices for the top 20 highest-revenue grossing drugs were …

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2016 41 Comments
    People Continue to Complain About Generic Ambien…

    We have received so many complaints about generic Ambien that we have lost count. We notified the FDA years ago about this problem but so far there seems to be no interest in finding out what the prob…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2016 2 Comments
    Why Did Generic Remeron (Mirtazapine) Disappoint…

    People who are seriously depressed depend upon their medication to get through challenging times. Without a reliable medication they can fall back into a dark depression. This reader shares the frustr…

    By: Joe Graedon July 28, 2016 10 Comments
    How Can I Save Money with Reliable Canadian Onli…

    The cost of prescription drugs has been skyrocketing. Cancer drugs jumped 18% to nearly $40 billion last year. Drugs for Hepatitis C were over $18 billion. Prescription drug prices are far outstrippin…

    By: Joe Graedon July 25, 2016 62 Comments
    Is the FDA Putting Americans at Risk with Chines…

    The Food and Drug Administration is caught between two hard rocks. On the one hand the agency has been criticized for inadequate oversight of foreign drug manufacturing facilities, especially in China…