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