By: Joe Graedon December 17, 2009 225 Comments
    Generic Drug Controversy Won’t Quit!

    The FDA maintains that all generic drugs are "identical" to their brand name counterparts. Of course, the word identical does not mean the same thing to everyone. Most of us assume that identical mean…

    By: Terry Graedon December 7, 2009 61 Comments
    Study to Compare Brand Name and Generic Antidepr…

    Q. Is there anything new on the generic version of Wellbutrin XL? My wife had done well on the brand name and then the Watson generic bupropion for several years. She was abruptly switched to Teva Bud…

    By: Terry Graedon August 6, 2009 14 Comments
    Quality of Generic Drugs Questioned

    Questions about generic drug quality persist despite FDA reassurances. More than a year ago the Actavis Group had to voluntarily recall 800 million digoxin tablets because of doubts about the dose. A …

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2009 2 Comments
    FDA Seizes Generic Drugs

    The Food and Drug Administration recently seized substantial numbers of generic drugs that did not live up to good manufacturing practices. This is not the first time the feds have taken action on gen…

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2009 42 Comments
    Generic Drug Recall Linked to Deaths

    In times of economic hardship, low-cost generic drugs can be lifelines. They make it possible for people to continue critical medications. Without them, people could die. But if generic drugs don't me…

    By: Joe Graedon March 13, 2009 32 Comments
    How Good Is Generic Anti-Epilepsy Drug?

    Q. I need more information about the generic for the epilepsy drug Keppra. I understand that the generic is fairly new.Is it safe to take, and does it have the same active ingredient as Keppra?A. Gene…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2009 40 Comments
    Are Generic Drugs Really Identical?

    In answering the question What are Generic Drugs? on its Web site, the Food and Drug Administration states unequivocally: “A generic drug is identical, or bioequivalent to a brand name drug in d…

    By: Joe Graedon December 15, 2008 5 Comments
    Is It Safe to Save Money on Generic Drugs?

    Everyone loves a bargain. Imagine buying a new Mercedes-Benz worth $60,000 for the price of a Hyundai, say around $20,000. As long as the vehicle had Mercedes parts and performed like a Mercedes, you …

    By: Joe Graedon October 6, 2008 14 Comments
    Where Do Generic Drugs Come From?

    Here we go again. First it was pet food from China contaminated with melamine. Then it was Chinese-made toothpaste containing diethylene glycol, an ingredient found in some antifreeze.Another scandal …

    By: Joe Graedon September 9, 2008 2 Comments
    Generic Drugs Come Under Scrutiny

    How good are generic drugs? The FDA tells everyone--patients, physicians, pharmacists, hospitals and insurance companies--that generic drugs are identical to their brand name counterparts. But the FDA…

    By: Joe Graedon August 3, 2008 9 Comments
    Indian Drug Firm In Trouble with FDA and Justice

    A story that was virtually ignored by the mainstream press and disappeared almost without a trace has to do with serious allegations against Ranbaxy Laboratories, an Indian drug company. Ranbaxy is no…

    By: Joe Graedon May 5, 2008 8 Comments
    Questions Remain Despite FDA Report

    For years, the FDA has reassured everyone who prescribes, dispenses or pays for prescription medicine that generic drugs are absolutely equivalent to brand-name drugs. Because brand name medications a…

    By: Joe Graedon April 7, 2008 2 Comments
    FDA On The Hot Seat Over Heparin Horror

    Americans have been repeatedly told that we have the safest medicines in the world. That's because the FDA has the reputation for policing our drug supply conscientiously. The recent scandal over the …

    By: Joe Graedon April 2, 2008 102 Comments
    Disappointed with Generic Sleeping Pill

    Q. I have suffered with insomnia for years. My doctor prescribed Ambien, which gives me eight hours of restful sleep. Then the pharmacist switched me to generic zolpidem for under $15. He said it was …

    By: Terry Graedon March 20, 2008 14 Comments
    Seeking Readers with Toprol XL Experiences

    Several local TV new programs are developing stories about generic drug problems and Toprol XL. If you: have had experiences with generic Toprol XL you would like to share, are willing to speak with a…

    By: Terry Graedon March 17, 2008 196 Comments
    New Report Compares Toprol XL to Generic

    Generic Anti-Hypertensive Differs from Original and May Raise Blood Pressure An investigation by ConsumerLab.com of generic versions of the popular anti-hypertensive Toprol XL reveals that generics so…

    By: Joe Graedon March 10, 2008 2 Comments
    Questions About Quality Of Foreign-Made Drugs

    There was a time when most of the medicines we purchased in our neighborhood drug stores were made in America. These days, though, medicines come from all over the globe. Despite the high cost of pres…

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2008 3 Comments
    Generic Epilepsy Drug Leads To Seizure

    Q. I was taking phenytoin, an extended release generic form of the anti-seizure drug Dilantin. On September 19, 2007, I had a grand mal seizure and upon admission to a local ER, my lab results indicat…

    By: Joe Graedon January 9, 2008 67 Comments
    Are Generic Beta Blockers Less Effective?

    Q. My doctor prescribed Toprol-XL several years ago and it worked well. Last week my pharmacist refilled my prescription with generic metoprolol succinate. Two days later my blood pressure shot sky hi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 19, 2007 6 Comments
    Cheap Drugs May Be No Bargain

    “Made in America” used to be both a sign of quality and a source of pride. But Americans care much more about saving money. That’s why so many of our consumer products—from clo…

    By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2007 15 Comments
    Analysis Raises Generic Drug Question

    For decades the FDA has been telling everyone—physicians, pharmacists and patients—that generic drugs are just as good as their brand name counterparts. According to the feds there’s…

    By: Joe Graedon October 12, 2007 373 Comments
    Generic Drug Equality Questioned

    ConsumerLab.com Finds Generic Antidepressant Behaves Differently from Original Drug.  May Explain Complaints by Patients. WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK AND DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA  -- ConsumerLab.com report…

    By: Terry Graedon August 12, 2007 18 Comments
    Saving Money Shouldn’t Be Life Threatening

    People will do almost anything to save a buck. They clip coupons, drive miles out of their way to get cheaper gasoline and line up at the crack of dawn for special sales.Not surprisingly, most people …

    By: Terry Graedon July 16, 2007 91 Comments
    Generic Antidepressant Raises Questions

    The first email message in February piqued our interest: “I have been taking Budeprion XL 300 mg for 3 months instead of Wellbutrin XL 300 mg. I find that I am easily upset and cry very easily. …

    By: Joe Graedon June 26, 2007 86 Comments
    Generic Drugs From India and China May Not Be Sa…

    It's worse than we imagined. For the last five years or so we have been sounding an alarm about generic drugs. That's because we've been hearing from readers and listeners that sometimes their generic…

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2007 1 Comments
    Cheap Chinese Chemicals Pose Risks

    "Follow the money." This famous line, written by William Goldman for the movie "All the President's Men," was the key to unlocking the mysteries behind Watergate. If you follow the money, you can disc…

    By: Joe Graedon May 21, 2007 1545 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 810 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…