By: Joe Graedon May 8, 2017 14 Comments
    High Drug Prices Shielded by Soaring Lobbying Bu…

    Wonder what's behind high drug prices? Have you ever heard the crude expression: "Money talks and bulls**t walks." We apologize for the obscenity. But nowhere is that crude phrase clearer than on Capi…

    By: Joe Graedon October 3, 2016 5 Comments
    How Can Orphan Drugs Be So Outrageously Expensiv…

    Everybody knows what an orphan is. But what are "orphan drugs" and why should you care? The Orphan Drug Act got its start in 1983 when Congress recognized the need to encourage pharmaceutical companie…

    By: Joe Graedon August 25, 2016 25 Comments
    EpiPen Price Increase Outrages Americans

    People who are allergic to bee or wasp stings, peanuts, shrimp or other foods rely on an auto-injector containing epinephrine (adrenaline) to open their airways and keep them breathing until emergency…

    By: Terry Graedon August 4, 2014 9 Comments
    Could a Yellow Jacket Sting Be Lethal?

    Q. I got stung by yellow jackets last week and reacted terribly. I swelled up and broke out in hives all over my body. It was so unbearable I had to go to the emergency room for treatment. I never rea…

    By: Joe Graedon July 21, 2014 105 Comments
    Lisinopril Side Effects Can Be Life Threatening:…

    Keeping blood pressure under control is extremely important, since hypertension (high blood pressure) is a risk factor for both stroke and heart disease. Finding the correct blood pressure medication …

    By: Terry Graedon July 14, 2014 5 Comments
    Life-Threatening Allergy to Meat Is Triggered by…

    Imagine waking up in the middle of the night with itchy hives all over your body. You might also find you were having trouble breathing. A trip to the ER could safe your life, but the cause of your my…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2012 0 Comments
    Sting Shots Could Save a Life

    Q. You responded recently to a woman who almost died after a yellow jacket sting. Your advice to get an EpiPen was good, but it should have gone further. After I lived more than 25 years with severe i…

    By: Terry Graedon May 14, 2012 3 Comments
    Bee-Ware Yellow Jacket Allergy

    Q. I was a nanny last summer, and one day we were in the kids' back yard. Their dog knocked a yellow jacket down, but it was still alive. Unaware of this, I walked on the deck where the yellow jacket …

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2012 902 Comments
    Prednisone Side Effects: Deal With The Devil?

    Prednisone can be a life saving drug. It saved my sanity when I developed sudden hearing loss in one ear. That was a really scary experience for someone who depends on hearing to be able to do live ra…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2012 31 Comments
    Mango Skin Allergy Mimics Poison Ivy

    Q. After eating prepared mangos over the holidays, I bought some to peel and slice myself. I even chewed on the seed. Bad mistake! By the next day, I was itching under my chin. This became swelling ar…

    By: Terry Graedon August 15, 2011 4 Comments
    Wasp Sting Was Nearly Fatal

    Q. A person recently wrote to you about a wasp sting. Although you mentioned the risk of anaphylactic shock in your response, I think you should have informed the writer that the next sting could be f…

    By: Terry Graedon November 24, 2009 4 Comments
    EpiPen Is Lifesaver for Allergic Reaction

    Q. Someone wrote to you about a bad reaction to wasps. The same thing happened to me after I was stung by yellow jackets. Please warn this person (or anyone who is allergic to stings) to consult a phy…

    By: Joe Graedon August 30, 2004 0 Comments
    Stinging Insects Hold Reader Hostage

    Q. I have a deadly allergy to bee, hornet and wasp stings. I am 52 years old and have no medical insurance so I cannot get the shots needed to desensitize myself from this allergy. I am a virtual pris…