The FDA’s Sentinel Initiative launched 10 years ago to monitor the safety of drugs after they hit the market. Why has the system largely been a disappointment?
New treatment guidelines strongly recommend that people with back pain first try non-drug measures such as yoga and exercise before resorting to medication.
Scott Gottlieb, President Trump’s nominee to become the next FDA commissioner, has strong ties to industry and has favored faster approval of drugs. What can we expect if he is confirmed?
Many people with insomnia take drugs to sleep well. But long-term relief may come through cognitive behavioral therapy, which doesn’t have any side effects.
Not all prescription drugs are created equal. Some work better than others. Some are riskier than others. Some probably shouldn’t even be on the market.
And, of course, some are way more expensive than others.
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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.