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