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It’s a Mistake to Allow Drug Companies to Promote Drugs for Unapproved Uses

November 18, 2016
Pharmaceutical companies want to persuade doctors to prescribe drugs for off-label uses, a move that is wrong and potentially dangerous for patients. Read more >>

Pharmaceutical companies want to persuade doctors to prescribe drugs for unapproved uses, a move that is wrong and potentially dangerous for patients.

Think Twice Before Taking Drugs for Fibromyalgia

October 26, 2016
Think Twice Before Taking Drugs for Fibromyalgia

Try non-drug therapies such as yoga, exercise or stress reduction for fibromyalgia first. If medication is necessary, generic drugs tend to be more effective than brand-name ones for the condition.

What You Should Know About Off-Label Drug Use

August 24, 2016
What You Should Know About Off-Label Drug Use

It may have happened to you: A doctor prescribes a drug without telling you much about it, and you pick it up at the pharmacy. Curious, you go online and discover the drug is approved and commonly used for another disease or condition, but there’s no mention of your condition.

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Consumers Wake Up to the Reality of Insomnia Pills

August 3, 2016
Consumers Awaken to the Reality of Insomnia Pills

A group of medicines that became wildly popular over the past 20 years ended up posing serious dangers to some of the people who took them and to public health.

But they also helped millions of people get a little bit more sleep.

Yes, we are talking about the insomnia Continue Reading →

‘Cures’ Legislation is Bad Medicine for Consumers and FDA

July 7, 2016
‘Cures’ Legislation is Bad Medicine for Consumers and FDA

Major legislation that affects the approval and safety of prescription drugs and medical devices is currently working its way through Congress. With so much else going on in the world — the upcoming presidential election and Brexit — it hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves.

The legislation, the 21st Century Continue Reading →

The Lowdown on NSAIDs for Pain

May 16, 2016
The Lowdown on NSAIDs for Pain

Headache. Aching or injured back. Sore muscles or joints after overdoing it on the tennis or basketball court or golf course. Or even a long day in the garden.

These aches and pains are among the reasons that every day, nearly 1 in 5 Americans (17%) turn to a group Continue Reading →

Low-T Gels Not Highly Effective – or Safe

March 21, 2016
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Testosterone gels, such as AndroGel and Axiron, are approved to treat a condition called male hypogonadism, in which the body doesn’t produce enough testosterone. Men with this condition have testosterone levels that are sharply lower than normal for their age. But since the gels’ approval in the early 2000s, they Continue Reading →