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…

    By: Joe Graedon December 3, 2014 34 Comments
    Expose Reveals Why We No Longer Trust All Generi…

    For more than 25 years we were among the most enthusiastic boosters of generic drugs in America. That began to change in the late 1990s because we were receiving so many complaints from patients. Inve…

    By: Joe Graedon November 24, 2014 3 Comments
    Generic Drug Prices Are Skyrocketing

    Generic drugs are supposed to be inexpensive alternatives to pricey brand name medications. But in recent months there has been a surge in the price of some generic drugs, making them absurdly expensi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 17, 2014 41 Comments
    FDA Drops a Bombshell on Slow-Release Generic Dr…

    The Food and Drug Administration's announcement last week that two generic Concerta formulations might not work as well as the brand name medication has rekindled questions about the FDA's generic dru…

    By: Joe Graedon September 24, 2014 11 Comments
    People’s Pharmacy Expertise Featured on Ni…

    We have been  campaigning for transparency in generic drug approval, manufacturing and distribution for over a decade. That's because we have heard from so many visitors to this website about difficu…

    By: Terry Graedon August 4, 2014 5 Comments
    Stopping Cymbalta Triggered More Frequent Attack…

    Q. I have narcolepsy with cataplexy. Cataplexy is sudden loss of muscle tone brought on by strong emotion, such as fear, anger or excitement. In my case, it is triggered by laughter. I can go a long t…

    By: Terry Graedon June 26, 2014 5 Comments
    Generic Metoprolol Pills Are Recalled by Manufac…

    Another Indian generic drug company is recalling an important heart medicine called metoprolol. Dr. Reddy's Laboratories determined that their 25 mg metoprolol tablets did not dissolve as expected. Ov…

    By: Joe Graedon June 25, 2014 8 Comments
    We’re Not the Only Ones! Cleveland Clinic …

    Last week the FDA announced another metoprolol succinate recall. This time it was from the Indian generic drug company Dr. Reddy's Laboratories. The 25 mg metoprolol pills failed a dissolution test. I…

    By: Joe Graedon June 22, 2014 67 Comments
    Another Metoprolol Recall Reveals the Dark Side …

    Here we go again: another generic metoprolol recall from an Indian drug company. The FDA announced problems with Dr. Reddy's metoprolol succinate 25 mg extended release tablets and the company is in t…

    By: Joe Graedon May 15, 2014 65 Comments
    Metoprolol Mess (Toprol XL) Reveals Serious Flaw…

    The FDA has just announced that a maker of generic Toprol XL will have to recall 109,744 bottles of metoprolol succinate. That could represent a substantial number of pills. Wockhardt is a large India…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2014 64 Comments
    Not All Generic Forms of Zolpidem Induce Sleep f…

    Q. Insurers require us to use generic drugs. My wife and I both take Ambien when we travel, which is quite often. If we were buying brand name Ambien, it would cost us over $350 out of pocket for 30 p…

    By: Terry Graedon March 10, 2014 11 Comments
    FDA Launches a New Program to Test Generic Drugs…

    The Food and Drug Administration is about to launch the first generic drug testing program in America's history. Thank goodness. We have relied upon the honor system for far too long. Physicians, phar…

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2014 3 Comments
    Accuracy of Prescribing Information for Generic …

    The manufacturers of generic drugs are fighting an FDA proposal that would require them to update the prescribing information when new dangers come to light. This would level the playing field between…

    By: Joe Graedon February 22, 2014 94 Comments
    FDA Agrees to Start Testing Generic Drugs –…

    Without admitting that there is a problem with generic drugs, the  U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just announced that it is initiating a $20 million testing program. The FDA's new Office of Ph…

    By: Joe Graedon February 15, 2014 91 Comments
    Why We Have Lost Confidence in Generic Drugs: Ne…

    Gardiner Harris has written a powerful front-page story for the New York Times titled "Medicines Made in India Set Off Safety Worries" (Feb. 15, 2014). If anything, the headline downplays the seriousn…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2014 3 Comments
    FDA Head’s Travel to Address Quality Contr…

    The FDA has long maintained that generic drugs are every bit as good as their brand name counterparts. But in recent years the agency has had  to crack down on foreign generic drug manufacturers beca…

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2014 73 Comments
    Indian Generic Drug Firm Ranbaxy Is in Big Troub…

    The FDA has just banned the importation of pharmaceutical ingredients from the largest drug company in India, but it is not the first time. Four of Ranbaxy's five manufacturing facilities once made dr…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2014 14 Comments
    More Trouble for Indian Generic Manufacturer Cou…

    Over 80 percent of the prescription medications that Americans now buy from pharmacies are generic rather than brand name. The majority of the ingredients in those pills come from abroad. India and Ch…

    By: Terry Graedon January 6, 2014 14 Comments
    Be Wary of Stratospheric Increases in Generic Dr…

    Generic medications are supposed to be a bargain. According to the FDA, patients may be able to save as much as 80 percent on some products. Big box discount stores have enticed customers with a three…

    By: Terry Graedon October 28, 2013 13 Comments
    Why Don’t You Trust Generic Drugs as Much …

    Why don't patients and their doctors trust generic drugs? Despite the fact that 84 percent of all prescriptions are dispensed in their generic form, there is still a great deal of skepticism about the…

    By: Terry Graedon October 17, 2013 56 Comments
    FDA Follow-Up Finds Another Generic Bupropion Fa…

    The Food and Drug Administration has issued a long-awaited report on the quality of a generic antidepressant. Last October the FDA reported that one generic form of the drug Wellbutrin did not meet it…

    By: Joe Graedon July 4, 2013 20 Comments
    Generic Switch Triggers Diazepam Side Effects &#…

    Q. I had horrific side effects from 5mg diazepam when I was switched to a different generic diazepam. The first time I took the new pills, I woke up feeling like I was being shocked or as if I were ha…

    By: Joe Graedon June 26, 2013 63 Comments
    Has the Court Made Generic Drugs Too Risky?

    Americans have long believed in accountability. Harm someone and you should be held responsible, both criminally and civilly. That's why we have lawyers and courts. If your neighbor recklessly cuts do…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2013 27 Comments
    Generic Drug Maker Pleads Guilty to Felony

    Ranbaxy USA has just pleaded guilty to felony charges involving adulterated drugs made in India for the U.S. market. It is the largest drug safety settlement in history. Despite continuous reassurance…

    By: Joe Graedon April 16, 2013 50 Comments
    FDA Silent On Generic Drug Fraud

    The brand new report from ProPublica reads like a detective story. A whistleblower working for a drug testing firm alerts the FDA that some scientists in the company were fudging data. A team of FDA i…

    By: Terry Graedon April 8, 2013 8 Comments
    Generic Seizure Medicine Let Him Down

    Q. I have epilepsy and was well controlled on Keppra and Topamax for years. When I was switched to generic Keppra (levetiracetam) without realizing it, I had several seizures in two weeks. I fell down…

    By: Terry Graedon April 1, 2013 8 Comments
    Is It Safe to Save Money on Medicine?

    America loves generic drugs. Anyone who has to pay for medication is thrilled at the prospect of saving big bucks on prescription medicine. That includes insurance companies, hospitals, government age…

    By: Joe Graedon March 28, 2013 20 Comments
    Carvedilol Side Effects from Generic Coreg

    One of the most popular beta blockers being prescribed these days is carvedilol (Coreg). Even though this class of medication is no longer perceived by most cardiology experts as appropriate first-lin…

    By: Terry Graedon March 21, 2013 1 Comments
    Generic Lipitor Lures Shoppers

    Some stores like to offer loss leaders to attract shoppers. This usually involves products like cereal, soft drinks, or facial tissue being sold at, or below, cost. Now supermarket chains are using th…

    By: Terry Graedon January 21, 2013 43 Comments
    Scary Generic Coreg (Carvedilol) Side Effects

    Q. My wife has been taking Coreg for 10 years and doing well. Last week she was advised that a generic version of the drug (carvedilol) was available. At the advice of the pharmacist (who insisted tha…

    By: Terry Graedon January 10, 2013 28 Comments
    Generic Drug Equivalency Coming Unraveled

    For decades, we were told by the FDA, physicians, pharmacists and consumer organizations that generic drugs were "identical" to their brand name equivalents. We believed them. In fact, we led the char…

    By: Terry Graedon December 3, 2012 10 Comments
    Did Glass in Atorvastatin Pills Damage Stomach?

    By now you should have heard that the huge Indian generic drug company, Ranbaxy, finally agreed to halt production of its generic Lipitor (atorvastatin) because somehow glass particles got into the pr…

    By: Terry Graedon November 27, 2012 6 Comments
    Where Did Contaminated Atorvastatin Come From?

    By now you no doubt know that a generic formulation of Lipitor (atorvastatin) made by the Indian company Ranbaxy was contaminated with small glass particles. The company announced its recall last week…

    By: Terry Graedon November 23, 2012 29 Comments
    Breaking News: Atorvastatin (Generic Lipitor) Re…

    Lipitor has been the most successful drug in the history of the pharmaceutical industry. Nothing else even gets close. Sales of Lipitor exceeded more than $130 billion. In its heyday millions of peopl…

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2012 5 Comments
    Patient Relieved at Drug’s Removal

    Q. I am so relieved that the FDA finally got the antidepressant Budeprion XL 300 off the market. Years ago my insurance company switched me from Wellbutrin XL 300 to Budeprion XL 300. Within a short t…

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2012 17 Comments
    Popular Generic Antidepressant Recalled

    On October 3, 2012 the FDA announced that the generic antidepressant Budeprion XL 300 (bupropion) was not identical to the brand name drug Wellbutrin XL 300 and would be removed from pharmacy shelves.…

    By: Terry Graedon September 3, 2012 95 Comments
    Patients Vindicated! Generic Wellbutrin Withdraw…

    We are reposting our People's Pharmacy Alert from October 3, 2012 because of The New York Times article about "An Increase in Scrutiny for Generics." On October 3, 2012, the Food and Drug Administrati…

    By: Terry Graedon September 3, 2012 19 Comments
    Whom Do You Trust Re: Generic Drugs?

    The Food and Drug Administration has a culture of secrecy and a seeming lack of concern about reports of generic drug failures from patients, physicians and pharmacists. The response from the FDA, if …

    By: Terry Graedon August 27, 2012 4 Comments
    Trouble with Generic Bupropion

    Q. Three times I have been forced by my insurance company to switch from Wellbutrin XL to generic bupropion. Each time depression reared its ugly, gloomy head and darkness descended again. Wellbutrin …