By: Terry Graedon April 13, 2017 2 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 19 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 22 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 12 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 18 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 11 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 13 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 24 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 30 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 9 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 0 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 9 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 55 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…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2016 15 Comments
    Can You Trust Generic Metoprolol from India?

    Over the last several years a large number of Indian generic drug manufacturers have been sanctioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In many cases factories have been banned from exporting t…

    By: Joe Graedon February 15, 2016 52 Comments
    How Reliable Are Your Generic Drugs From India?

    For decades the FDA has told Americans that generic drugs are absolutely identical to brand name medicines. Physicians, pharmacists and insurance companies reassure patients that a $4 generic prescrip…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2016 4 Comments
    Why Don’t Generic Drug Names Make Sense?

    Pronouncing names properly can be tricky. Prescription drug advertisements on TV tell you how to pronounce the brand names that presumably were designed to be snappy and memorable. Every drug with a b…

    By: Terry Graedon February 3, 2016 28 Comments
    Should You Worry About Indian Pharma Firms’…

    Over the last several years, dozens of Indian drug manufacturers have received warnings from the FDA about bad manufacturing practices. In one of the latest incidents, Indian pharma firm Wockhardt is …

    By: Terry Graedon December 24, 2015 12 Comments
    FDA Warns Sun Pharmaceutical of Quality Problems

    Sun Pharmaceutical Industries is India's largest drug manufacturer. It supplies many generic medications to the U.S. market. But the giant is once again in trouble with US regulators. FDA Warning to S…

    By: Joe Graedon November 30, 2015 11 Comments
    Price Differential between Brand-Name and Generi…

    There is no question that generic drugs can offer big savings. Sometimes it is worthwhile to see just how great the price difference might be. Q. My sister takes brand name Ativan, as her doctor does…

    By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2015 15 Comments
    Doctors Endorse Generic Drugs to Save Money-But …

    A key organization says that doctors should write more prescriptions for generic drugs to hold down the high cost of medicines. That sounds reasonable. Why might this recommendation be problematic? We…

    By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2015 37 Comments
    Generic Sertraline (Zoloft) Problems Lead To Anx…

    The FDA insists that all generic drugs sold in the U.S. are "identical" to their brand name counterparts. Visitors to this website disagree. The latest controversy surrounds generic sertraline (Zoloft…

    By: Joe Graedon October 14, 2015 14 Comments
    Are US Drug Prices Exorbitant?

    Americans are paying more for medicines than people anywhere else in the world. That's the conclusion from an analysis commissioned by the news agency Reuters. Investigators at the University of Liver…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2015 16 Comments
    Is Drug Company Greed Out of Control?

    Are drug companies killing the goose that lays their golden eggs? In this ancient fable, a farmer and his wife discover that their goose is laying golden eggs. They become so greedy that they slaughte…

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2015 14 Comments
    Save Money Safely With Authorized Generic Drugs

    People have become suspicious of the quality of generic drugs. Is there a way to benefit from the lower cost of these copycat medicines without sacrificing effectiveness? What are Authorized Generic D…

    By: Joe Graedon September 14, 2015 15 Comments
    Pain with Switch from Celebrex to Celecoxib

    People with arthritis frequently rely on medication to fight the pain and inflammation of their condition. When a drug works well, they stick with it. It can be a disappointment to discover that a dif…

    By: Joe Graedon August 24, 2015 42 Comments
    Generic Drugs Banned in Europe But Not in the US

    Over a year ago we received a message from a pharmaceutical research scientist. He worked for a large clinical research company in India that tested generic drugs to see whether they reached blood lev…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2015 44 Comments
    More Drug Recalls From India – Do You Trus…

    The overwhelming majority of generic drugs are now made abroad. India supplies a large proportion of those formulations. In recent days two large Indian drug companies have received bad news from the …

    By: Joe Graedon June 1, 2015 3 Comments
    Help with Pricey Prescription Drug Bills

    Pricey prescription drug bills are a serious problem for anyone paying out of pocket or whose insurance has a hefty copay. (That may be most of us these days.) Having the doctor write the correct pres…

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2015 26 Comments
    Can You Put Lipstick on Big Pharma and Its Piggy…

    Big Pharma has a problem. According to the Wall Street Journal, "Drug Makers are Having Trouble Improving Their Reputations." A new survey shows that drug companies are not perceived as outstanding in…

    By: Joe Graedon May 18, 2015 15 Comments
    Does FDA Care Whether Generic Drugs Work?

    There has been a lively debate about whether generic drugs are truly equivalent to their brand-name equivalents. That has been stirred up even further by questions about the effectiveness of certain g…

    By: Joe Graedon April 23, 2015 5 Comments
    Joe Graedon Discusses Generic Drugs on WTVD

    Joe Graedon talked about the pros and cons of generic drugs on ABC11 (WTVD Durham NC) on April 22, 2015. Here's a link. Saving money is a big advantage, but only if the medication works properly. How …

    By: Joe Graedon March 23, 2015 24 Comments
    Soaring Generic Drug Prices Squeeze Patients

    Q. Has anyone done some investigative journalism to expose why several generic medication prices have skyrocketed? My clobetasol ointment has gone up 300 percent over the last year. My understanding i…

    By: Joe Graedon March 2, 2015 13 Comments
    Is the FDA Protecting Drug Companies Instead of …

    For decades we were staunch defenders of the FDA. We thought the agency did an amazing job protecting consumers from bogus products. We applauded the organization for making sure Americans' medication…

    By: Joe Graedon March 2, 2015 288 Comments
    Does Generic Celecoxib Measure Up to Celebrex?

    Q. My doctor prescribed Celebrex several years ago to help ease the arthritis pain in my knee. Three days ago my pharmacy substituted with generic celecoxib. I was pleased with the savings, but my pai…

    By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2015 4 Comments
    FDA Is Concerned about Drug Quality

    The Food and Drug Administration has just announced a restructuring. The agency will be adding a new department, the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality, to rectify some serious manufacturing problems th…

    By: Joe Graedon December 29, 2014 17 Comments
    Generic Drug Failure Can Be Life Threatening

    Q. My 7-year-old child had not had a seizure in four years. Her epilepsy has been controlled with Keppra and the ketogenic diet. Recently, she was switched to levetiracetam, the generic form of Keppra…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2014 2 Comments
    Questions About Generic Forms of Concerta

    Q. I was delighted to read about FDA concerns regarding generic Concerta. My prescription insurance is going to an essentially generic-only pricing system that will push the price of brand-name Concer…