By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2018 1 Comments
    Is Your Blood Pressure Medicine Safe? Valsartan …

    The ongoing saga of contaminated valsartan continues with another valsartan recall. In July, European drug regulators recalled Chinese-made valsartan because it was contaminated with a probable carcin…

    By: Joe Graedon November 12, 2018 39 Comments
    Chinese-Made Losartan Recall | More Cancer Conce…

    No, no, no, no no! Not again!! Just last week we said "Not Again" when we learned that that some formulations of the blood pressure drug irbesartan were contaminated with the impurity NDEA (N-nitrosod…

    By: Joe Graedon November 12, 2018 30 Comments
    Brits Contradict U.S. Experts About Blood Pressu…

    A key component of medical treatment is blood pressure management. Whenever you visit a doctor’s office, you will almost always have your blood pressure measured. Guidelines from the American Colleg…

    By: Joe Graedon November 8, 2018 21 Comments
    Irbesartan Is Contaminated with Probable Cancer-…

    We are getting very tired of saying “Not Again!” Sadly, though, this has become a surprisingly familiar refrain here at The People’s Pharmacy. This time it is another ARB (angiotensin receptor b…

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2018 24 Comments
    The Pros and Cons of Treating Mild Hypertension

    Prepare for whiplash. A year ago the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) issued new guidelines for treating mild hypertension. People with blood pressure at o…

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2018 18 Comments
    ACE Inhibitors and Lung Cancer | Should You Be C…

    Popular blood pressure medications called ACE inhibitors have been associated with an increased risk of lung cancer. Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are taken daily by more than 30 mill…

    By: Terry Graedon November 1, 2018 9 Comments
    What Does Gum Disease Have to Do With Your Blood…

    Gum disease has been associated with type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and a number of cardiovascular complications. Researchers have even found links with some types of cancer. Gum …

    By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2018 21 Comments
    Ibuprofen and High Blood Pressure: A Dangerous R…

    Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is on the rise (Open Heart, April 28, 2017). We're talking about drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen. Such pain relievers are perceived as quite safe…

    By: Terry Graedon October 22, 2018 8 Comments
    Should You Be Taking Vitamin Supplements?

    There is growing consensus among health professionals that most people should not be taking vitamin supplements. Their view is that this is a waste of money that will do no more than lead to expensive…

    By: Terry Graedon October 15, 2018 6 Comments
    Will Vitamin D Boost Your Mood This Winter?

    Vitamin D, sometimes known as the sunshine vitamin, is renowned for its contribution to bone strength. It may also help ward off lung infections, particularly among people who are especially susceptib…

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2018 30 Comments
    How Can You Lower Blood Pressure Naturally?

    Everyone loves pills. Doctors love to prescribe medicine. Patients love to swallow drugs. We are a pill-taking society. But all medications come with pros and cons. That is true of blood pressure drug…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2018 15 Comments
    How Can You Use Beets for Better Blood Pressure?

    With concerns about contaminated antihypertensive medications, many people are interested in ways to lower their blood pressure without drugs. There is a wide range of options: exercise, weight loss, …

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2018 8 Comments
    Searching for a Better Blood Pressure Pill

    Under the guidelines adopted by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association in 2017, nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure. Most of them take medication to …

    By: Terry Graedon September 6, 2018 36 Comments
    Show 1134: Can You Control Your Blood Pressure W…

    High blood pressure is an important risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. A recent change in guidelines urges doctors to treat people whose blood pressure would not have been considered particula…

    By: Terry Graedon September 3, 2018 6 Comments
    When Are Two Pills Cheaper Than One?

    Generic drugs are supposed to save consumers money. After all, the generic manufacturer did not have to pay for the research proving the medicine works. But many people have found that prices are risi…

    By: Joe Graedon August 30, 2018 14 Comments
    Are Your HCTZ or Valsartan Blood Pressure Pills …

    We can hardly believe this. The FDA announced there are additional blood pressure pills recalled. Yup, you guessed it! The FDA is expanding the valsartan recall...again! We have lost count of how many…

    By: Joe Graedon August 27, 2018 28 Comments
    The Salt Wars Rage On | How Do You Cope with the…

    Americans have been told for more than 50 years that they should cut back on salt. Doing so was supposed to help lower blood pressure. That in turn would theoretically reduce the risk of heart failure…

    By: Terry Graedon August 27, 2018 51 Comments
    Pharmacist Did Not Tell the Truth About Valsarta…

    Over the past month, a recall that at first appeared quite limited in scope has continued to spread. The problem is with an active pharmaceutical ingredient made in China that was contaminated with a …

    By: Terry Graedon August 23, 2018 1 Comments
    Helping Your Heart Means Boosting Your Brain

    We have long suspected that taking care of your heart health with exercise, a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains, stress management and social interaction could also benefit your brain. …

    By: Terry Graedon August 20, 2018 20 Comments
    Swapping Losartan for Valsartan Results in Stoma…

    The ongoing valsartan recall has caused a lot of trouble. Pharmacists have had to hunt for alternative suppliers that did not use the contaminated active ingredient from Zhejiang Huahai company in Ch…

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2018 41 Comments
    What Are Natural Ways to Lower High Blood Pressu…

    Do you have hypertension? The chances are strong that you do. That’s because cardiologists at the American Heart Association have established new guidelines. Anyone whose blood pressure readings are…

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2018 17 Comments
    The Valsartan Recall Disaster Keeps Getting Wors…

    The Food and Drug Administration has expanded its recall of the blood pressure drug valsartan for the third time. On July 5th the European Medicines Agency issued an alert that Chinese-made valsartan …

    By: Terry Graedon August 9, 2018 7 Comments
    Sauna Bathing and Its Health Benefits

    Finnish researchers have been studying the health benefits of sauna bathing for years. Now, a new study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings reviews the evidence for cardiovascular and other healt…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2018 27 Comments
    Valsartan Recall Update: How Big Is The Problem?

    By now you have read a lot about the valsartan recall. Many lots of the common blood pressure pill, valsartan, have been recalled. Initially, the FDA issued recalls for valsartan from just three manuf…

    By: Joe Graedon July 30, 2018 33 Comments
    Pharmacist Wouldn’t Take Back Recalled Valsart…

    On July 5, 2018 the European Medicines Agency announced a recall of a generic blood pressure medicine called valsartan (Diovan). The active ingredient in some generic formulations was apparently conta…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 77 Comments
    Worrisome Implications of Valsartan Recall Over …

    On July 15, 2018 we issued a People’s Pharmacy Health Alert: Valsartan Blood Pressure Pills Recalled Over Cancer Concerns. We tried to provide you, our faithful readers, the story behind the headlin…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2018 24 Comments
    Antibiotic plus BP medicine Led to Deadly Drug I…

    We have been writing about the dangers of drug interactions for over 40 years. We assumed that when computers entered the scene doctors would check for dangerous drug combinations before prescribing a…

    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2018 79 Comments
    Valsartan Blood Pressure Pills Recalled over Can…

    This is scary. Please pay attention. Valsartan (Diovan) is a popular blood pressure and heart medication. According to our calculations, over 16 million prescriptions are dispensed annually. That mean…

    By: Terry Graedon May 17, 2018 7 Comments
    What Is the Best Time to Eat?

    A small study shows that the timing of meals can have a profound impact on blood sugar, insulin secretion and blood pressure. But what is the best time to eat? Finding the Best Time to Eat: Many Ameri…

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2018 7 Comments
    Exercise Plus Sauna Bathing Better Than Either A…

    People in Finland love to spend time sauna bathing. They do not view a sweat bath as an indulgence. They think of the sauna as a special place with healing properties. The majority of people in Finlan…

    By: Joe Graedon April 30, 2018 13 Comments
    Seven Mistakes to Avoid When Measuring Blood Pre…

    We imagine that many blood pressure readings are taken incorrectly. That’s in the doctor’s office, clinic and hospital. We suspect that few health professionals are familiar with the guidelines se…

    By: Joe Graedon April 19, 2018 15 Comments
    What’s the Best Way to Take Blood Pressure Mea…

    Health professionals often rely upon blood pressure measurements taken in the clinic to diagnose hypertension. If a patient has a blood pressure (BP) reading greater than 130/80 in a doctor’s office…

    By: Karen Berger, PharmD, RPh April 14, 2018 8 Comments
    How to Avoid Trouble at the Pharmacy Checkout

    In one of the first scenes of the returning show, Roseanne, Roseanne is sitting at the kitchen table when her husband walks through the door, prescription bag in hand. “Oooh! My favorite! Drugs!” …

    By: Joe Graedon April 9, 2018 25 Comments
    What Happens When Minor Drug Side Effects Turn D…

    Health professionals often categorize drug side effects three ways. First come the common complications of medicines. If 20 to 30 percent of patients complain of headaches or diarrhea after taking a m…

    By: Joe Graedon March 26, 2018 15 Comments
    Metoprolol for High Blood Pressure Raised Blood …

    Metoprolol is a beta blocker heart medicine. It is perennially on the doctors’ top 10 hit parade of most prescribed medicines. Over the last decade, roughly 70 million prescriptions were dispensed e…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2018 10 Comments
    How Can You Ease Arthritis Pain Safely?

    People with chronic pain such as the joint pain of severe osteoarthritis are often faced with terrible trade-offs. To get relief from the inflammation and discomfort, they may have to rely on medicati…

    By: Joe Graedon March 22, 2018 25 Comments
    Incredible Beet Health Benefits for Brain and Bl…

    Red beets are known officially as Beta vulgaris rubra. Researchers generally refer to this vegetable as beetroot. Although this root vegetable is popular in Europe, it doesn't have a lot of fans in th…

    By: Terry Graedon March 19, 2018 5 Comments
    Will Garlic Really Lower Your Blood Pressure?

    Humans love variety in their food, and have found numerous ways to enliven it. Spices of various sorts have been used to give food an interesting flavor. Many of these additives have also been used me…

    By: Joe Graedon March 19, 2018 30 Comments
    What’s the Best Way to Measure Blood Press…

    Have you ever had a nurse or doctor measure blood pressure? Of course you have. It's almost impossible to avoid having your BP tested these days. The trouble is that more often than not it is measured…

    By: Joe Graedon February 15, 2018 19 Comments
    What Do You Really Know About Scary Ibuprofen Si…

    Do you read the labels on OTC pain relievers? Be honest now. The last time you purchased Advil, Motrin IB or some house brand ibuprofen pills, did you check out the dosage instructions or the warnings…