By: Joe Graedon May 21, 2007 1543 Comments
    Report Generic Drug Problem

    In the field of pharmaceuticals, Americans have been told that price doesn't matter. Generic drugs are supposed to be identical to their brand name counterparts. For nearly 30 years, we believed this …

    By: Joe Graedon April 23, 2007 807 Comments
    Side Effects of Generic Wellbutrin

    Q. I have taken Wellbutrin XL for two years and it has taken care of my depression beautifully. In January my insurance company switched me to the generic called Budeprion XL. I didn't think twice abo…

    By: Joe Graedon April 2, 2007 21 Comments
    Dog Food Disaster Casts Doubt on Generic Drugs

    Millions of cat and dog owners have been horrified to learn that pet food has been contaminated and could be harming or even killing their companion animals. We now know that wheat gluten, used in a v…

    By: Terry Graedon December 11, 2006 0 Comments
    Generic Drugs Defy Economic Principle

    For generations Americans have been told, “you get what you pay for.” That’s why many people are willing to pay extra for Hershey’s Kisses, Dole pineapple or Hellmann’s m…

    By: Terry Graedon May 22, 2006 0 Comments
    Generic Drug Juggernaut Rolls On

    Just over half of all prescriptions sold in this country are now generic drugs. Before long these copycat medicines will dominate the market. That’s because some very popular brand name medications …

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2006 0 Comments
    Low-Price Drugs May Have Hidden Costs

    For years we have been critical of “me-too��? drugs. These are copy-cat medicines. When a pharmaceutical company comes up with a brilliant new compound, it doesn’t take competitors long to cre…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2004 0 Comments
    Genric Drug Problem Raises Questions On Quality

    For decades the FDA has maintained that generic drugs are every bit as good as their brand name counterparts. Millions of people rely on generics as less expensive alternatives to pricey products like…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Generic Drugs Save Money But Do They Save Lives?

    Generic drugs are frequently offered as a solution to the high cost of prescription medicine. They are supposed to be identical to their brand name counterparts. But how good are they, really? The FDA…

    By: Joe Graedon June 30, 2003 0 Comments
    Can Generic Drugs Save The Day?

    President Bush is pushing FDA to approve more generic drugs, and to do it faster. The idea is to save money for insurance companies and government programs like Medicaid and the Veterans Administratio…

    By: Joe Graedon April 14, 2003 0 Comments
    Generics May Not Meet Expectations

    If you've paid for a prescription drug lately you probably winced. Prices are high and show no signs of coming down. That's why those who pay the bills favor generic drugs: insurance companies…

    By: Joe Graedon February 10, 2003 0 Comments
    How Good Are Generic Drugs?

    Generic drugs have become a huge business. As prices for brand name medicines skyrocket, people are looking to generic equivalents to save money. Over the last two decades the market share of generics…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2002 0 Comments
    Sunscreen Allergy Makes Her Red

    Q. Can you tell me what to do about sunblock? I have become increasingly sensitive to the sun, although I always wear sunblock. The problem is that I seem to be very allergic to the ingredients that m…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Tasty Metamucil Wafers For Fiber

    Q. In a recent answer to a laxative addict, you suggested psyllium (Fiberall, Metamucil, Per Diem Fiber, etc.) as an approach to easing constipation. But you left out a patient-friendly solution. …

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2002 0 Comments
    Is Enteric Aspirin Safer?

    Q. What is the value of the "enteric" form of aspirin? I need to take aspirin for my heart and I'm aware it can cause gastric ulcers. I thought the enteric aspirin would be safer than re…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2002 2 Comments
    Alternatives To Vancenase Nasal Spray

    Q. After 30 years of frequent and severe sinus infections, I was delighted when an allergist put me on Vancenase nasal spray. It afforded me great relief, and I've been using it since 1993. &…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2002 5 Comments
    Are Vitamin B12 Tablets As Good As Injections?

    Q. About six years ago my doctor informed me that I had low vitamin B12 levels and started giving me monthly injections. Now he says that B12 pills are just as good as the shots.  Is this really true…