By: Dennis Miller, RPh July 15, 2019 0 Comments
    Why Are Pharmacists Silent about Generic Drug Qu…

    10 Reasons Why Pharmacists Are Silent about Generic Drug Quality: Two recently published books (Katherine Eban’s Bottle of Lies and Rosemary Gibson’s China Rx) spell out in graphic detail the…

    By: Joe Graedon June 20, 2019 3 Comments
    A New Carcinogen DMF Discovered in Valsartan BP …

    And now there are FOUR potential carcinogens found in blood pressure medicines called ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers). For almost a year, Americans have faced repeated recalls of BP pills like ir…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2019 26 Comments
    Why Aren’t Docs Outraged by Inadequate Generic…

    Doctors, pharmacists and nurses are directly responsible for patient care. They prescribe, dispense and oversee treatment. Why aren’t they more concerned about generic drug quality? We are confounde…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2019 6 Comments
    Generic Furosemide Disappoints | How to Afford L…

    Ask any doctor about the importance of furosemide (Lasix) and you are likely to get an earful. The FDA approved this diuretic in 1966. It is considered an essential medicine by the World Health Organi…

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2019 16 Comments
    Show 1169: What Are the Problems with Generic Dr…

    You may not be aware that the vast majority of medications Americans take are generic drugs. This helps hold down the costs that patients have to pay, especially if you are taking one of the medicines…

    By: Joe Graedon May 16, 2019 23 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 13 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: Terry Graedon May 2, 2019 24 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 26 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 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: 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 1, 2019 9 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 25, 2019 17 Comments
    Another ARB Recall Translates into Bad BP Contro…

    Yup, you guessed it. The FDA has issued another ARB recall. This time it is for losartan…again. On March 15, 2019 and again on March 19, 2019 the FDA announced that Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging, …

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2019 43 Comments
    Physicians Finally Fed Up With the FDA and ARB R…

    Week after week, month after month, we have been learning about ARB recalls. These angiotensin receptor blockers have been taken by at least two million Americans to control blood pressure or treat he…

    By: Joe Graedon February 18, 2019 23 Comments
    Why Is Your Prescription Drug Label A Disaster?

    Do you remember the book, Catch-22, by Joseph Heller? Airmen in World War II were faced with a no-win situation. To be exempted from a suicidal bombing mission you had to plead insanity. But if you as…

    By: Joe Graedon February 11, 2019 26 Comments
    How Risky Is It When Insurance Companies Overrul…

    Doctors don’t always know best, but they certainly know their patients far better than an insurance company representative. Physicians used to be able to prescribe medications without being second-g…

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2019 21 Comments
    Are Fears About FDA’s Generic Drug Oversight J…

    A year-long investigation by Bloomberg News has revealed substantial concerns about the quality of generic drugs. The four-part series is mind-boggling in its revelations. Here are the first three art…

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2019 4 Comments
    Critical Shortages Resulting from Recalled Valsa…

    Over the last six months the FDA has announced numerous recalls of blood pressure medicines. You can read about them here on the FDA’s website.  We wouldn’t blame you for zoning out. There have b…

    By: Joe Graedon January 14, 2019 25 Comments
    Why are FDA Inspections So Ineffective and Disap…

    We have been tough on the FDA, we admit it. We have questioned the agency’s generic drug approval process. We have criticized the Food and Drug Administration for being slow to discover and report s…

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2019 10 Comments
    Unbelievable! Yet Another Drug Recall | Amlodipi…

    OK, we admit it, we're starting to sound like a cracked record when it comes to drug recalls. We apologize. It is really sad that we have to issue regular reports about FDA oversight and pharmaceutica…

    By: Joe Graedon December 31, 2018 5 Comments
    Failing After Switching from Concerta to Generic…

    We first began to suspect the quality of generic drugs nearly two decades ago. That's because a mother complained to us about a generic form of the brand name Ritalin aka methylphenidate. She knew her…

    By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2018 21 Comments
    Another Day Another Losartan Recall | Can We Tru…

    Are you becoming numb to FDA generic drug recalls? We wouldn't blame you if you were. The ARB debacle came to light on July 5, 2018. That's when the European Medicines Agency (EMA) started warning cou…

    By: Joe Graedon December 13, 2018 10 Comments
    Generic Drug Companies Played Nice in the Sandbo…

    A large antitrust suit against generic drug companies has been building for a few years. When we first heard about this situation in November, 2016, approximately a dozen generic firms were implicated…

    By: Joe Graedon December 10, 2018 15 Comments
    Authorized Generic Drugs Offer Quality and Affor…

    Have you ever heard of authorized generic drugs? Most people, including physicians and pharmacists have no idea what they are. That’s largely because the Food and Drug Administration tells the world…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2018 1 Comments
    Is Your Blood Pressure Medicine Safe? Valsartan …

    The ongoing saga of contaminated valsartan continues with another valsartan recall. In July, European drug regulators recalled Chinese-made valsartan because it was contaminated with a probable carcin…

    By: Joe Graedon November 12, 2018 45 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 18 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 93 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 15 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 18 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 31 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 70 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 78 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…