February 14, 2017, New York, NY – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has named Suzanne Robotti, founder and president of MedShadow Foundation, to its Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee as the Consumer Representative. Next month, she will attend her first hearing where a prescription opioid drug will Continue Reading →
June 13, 2016, New York, NY – MedShadow has been recognized with a Spring 2016 Digital Health Awards Silver designation for its website in the Nonprofit category. Winners were announced on June 10th. Formerly known as the Web Health Awards, the Digital Health Awards are held twice each year – Continue Reading →
“There’s a straight line between the overprescribing of opioids, the public’s misconceptions about these drugs and the rapidly rising number of accidental deaths from opioid addiction.”
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It sounds like a good idea. Patients who are terminally ill would be allowed to ask pharmaceutical companies to try drugs that are not yet approved. If a patient who is dying has tried other medications without success, why not let him or her take the risk on unproven drugs? That is the seductive — but misleading — appeal of the proposed federal Right to Try Act, perhaps why 37 states have passed their own version of it. Read Su Robotti’s guest post here.
Here’s a quick fact: None of the vitamins or dietary supplements glaring at you from store shelves have been reviewed for safety or effectiveness by the FDA, or any other organization for that matter, before you to buy them.
Instead, the ingredients they contain are only required to be classified Continue Reading →
Polypharmacy–the prescribing of multiple medications simultaneously–is a big problem, especially among seniors. Surveys reveal that the average 65+ individual takes 14 prescription medications per year! It’s not uncommon to see elderly patients taking 6 or 7 drugs daily. Su Robotti, founder of the Medshadow Foundation (www.medshadow.org), highlights the dangers of Continue Reading →
It is estimated that more than 50 million Americans have arthritis, which is the top cause of disability in the United States. The disease affects women and older adults more often than men and younger folks, though people of all sexes, ages and races can have it. There are quite Continue Reading →