Category: Warnings

blue pills in dose pack

Erectile dysfunction treatments are some of the most counterfeited drugs in the world, and on March 16, 2018, the FDA began warning consumers about dangerous unapproved drugs being advertised. These counterfeit drugs are advertised nationwide as a “healthy man alternative to the little blue pill” or “healthy man,” or “the power pill” for erectile dysfunction. They have been… Read More

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If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you may have heard of a device called a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). A CGM typically consists of a small sensor that’s worn on various parts of the body that can measure glucose levels in real-time throughout the day. If you currently use a CGM, you… Read More

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Generic medications, which millions of Americans depend on for affordable treatment, may be getting a little more scarce – and, as a result, a good deal more expensive. Leading generic drug makers in India, the home of global generic pharmaceutical manufacturing, have recently indicated that they plan to begin “optimizing” their pipelines by manufacturing fewer… Read More

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Manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of fluoxetine (Prozac), used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic attacks. Why was fluoxetine recalled? According to the FDA, one of the ingredients used to create the 10 mg fluoxetine tablet was not up to FDA standards. While the use of the product is not… Read More

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After practicing medicine for 20 years, I’ve become adept at “clarifying” to life insurance companies why patients are taking certain medications. The same medications appear to trigger red flags for both long-term care and life insurance companies.    Their “concern” makes sense for some medications because they are used for serious chronic illnesses, but for… Read More

tissue box, thermometer, and flu medication

Amid an already devastating flu season, the story of a Texas teacher who, sick with the flu, skipped her prescription for Tamiflu (oseltamivir) because of a $116 copay, and subsequently died of the illness, has struck many as a tragedy that could have been avoided. It’s especially mystifying because of the high price of such an… Read More

tissue box, thermometer, and flu medication

In what appears to be the worst flu epidemic in years, prescriptions for Tamiflu (oseltamivir) are soaring – outpacing last year’s prescriptions by a factor of 10 or even 14 times higher this year in some states, with a nationwide rate that is more than 5 times higher than last year. According to a GoodRx analysis of… Read More

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On September 21, 2017,  the FDA issued a drug safety communication for the medication, Ocaliva. The communication highlighted the increased risk of serious liver injury due to being incorrectly dosed in some patients with moderate to severe decreases in liver function. In response to this safety communication, on February 1st, the FDA added a boxed warning to… Read More

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The number of people who have asthma continues to grow – an estimated 24.6 million Americans are currently suffering from the disease. Things that can trigger asthma include allergies, exercise, acid reflux, and irritants like smoke or perfumes. But did you know that prescription and over-the-counter medications can also cause problems with asthma? Here are some… Read More

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As we get older, our bodies start turning on us. Our blood pressure begins to rise, joints develop arthritis, and arteries start clogging up. We end up taking more and more medications. Some 90% of people over the age of 65 take at least one medication per week, and 40% take five or more. 1 in 6 people… Read More