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How Do You Know Which Diabetes Drug Is Best for You?

June 7, 2018
How Do You Know Which Diabetes Drug Is Best for You?

The number of people in the US diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is rapidly rising and there are many different kind of medications, besides insulin, to treat it. How can you figure out which one might be best for you in consultation with your doctor?

Yes, Statins Work. But Who Should Take Them?

April 2, 2018
Yes, Statins Work. But Who Should Take Them?

Evidence supports the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins for lowering your risk of a heart attack or stroke. But does that mean you should take one?

Overprescribing: Do You Really Need to Take That Med?

September 6, 2017
Overprescribing: Do You Really Need to Take That Med?

Do you take 4 pills a day? If so, you’re like most Americans. Yet what are we taking all these pills for, and are they improving our lives?

The overuse of prescription drugs has become a serious problem in the US. We hear about this most in the context of Continue Reading →

Why an FDA Drug Safety Monitoring System Is Failing

July 5, 2017
Why an FDA Drug Safety Monitoring System Is Failing

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?

For Back Pain, Try Non-Drug Measures First

May 24, 2017
For Back Pain, Try Non-Drug Measures First

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’s Potential Impact on the FDA as Commissioner

April 26, 2017
Scott Gottlieb’s Potential Impact on the FDA as Commissioner

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?

Insomnia? Skip the Meds for Other Therapies Without Side Effects

March 1, 2017
Insomnia? Skip the Meds for Other Therapies Without Side Effects

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.

When Touted Cancer Drugs Don’t Work

January 25, 2017
When Touted Cancer Drugs Don't Work

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.

In the world of medicines to treat cancer, these statements have special resonance. Few areas Continue Reading →

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 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 →