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  • New Diabetes Drug Dapagliflozin (FARXIGA): Risks Outweigh Benefits
    (September 2014)
    Learn about the many dangers of one of the newest diabetes drugs approved in the U.S., dapagliflozin, which has been designated as Do Not Use by Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.
  • A Dangerous Gap in FDA Recall Authority
    (September 2014)
    The recent refusal of two companies to immediately recall potentially contaminated sterile drugs when requested to do so by the Food and Drug Administration highlights a serious gap in the agency’s regulatory authority. Learn more about the companies involved and the action that must be taken by Congress to address the public health threat posed by such industry obstinacy.
  • New Blood Pressure Treatment Guidelines Released
    (September 2014)
    In December 2013, new guidelines for treatment of high blood pressure were issued by a group of experts appointed by the National Institutes of Health. The guidelines stirred much controversy in the medical community. Get the Public Citizen Health Research Group’s independent take on these new guidelines.
  • Should You Take Aspirin to Prevent Pancreatic Cancer?
    (September 2014)
    Perhaps you have seen some of the recent newspaper coverage of a National Cancer Institute-funded study suggesting that long-term aspirin use may be associated with a decreased risk of pancreatic cancer. In this article, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group reviews the study, compares it with earlier evidence and offers our recommendations.
  • A Brief Guide to Understanding Medical Studies
    (September 2014)
    News stories often excitedly report about the results of the latest medical study. Learn about the three main types of medical studies and find out which type provides the most reliable information for assessing the risks and benefits of drugs and other medical treatments.

  View the entire August 2014 issue in PDF format

  • New Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Guidelines Released
    (August 2014)
    Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common heart rhythm disorders, afflicting more than 2.7 million Americans. Learn about the most recent guidelines for treating this disorder, issued by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, and about Public Citizen’s Health Research Group’s assessment of those guidelines.
  • FDA’s Recent Action on Testosterone Products: Grossly Insufficient
    (August 2014)
    The FDA recently required manufacturers of all approved testosterone products to include a general warning on the product labeling about the risk of developing blood clots in veins. Find out why the new warning is dangerously incomplete.
  • Human Growth Hormone, ‘the Sweet Syringe of Youth’: Myths, Evidence and Controversy
    (August 2014)
    Numerous advertisements in magazines and on television and the Internet tout the miraculous age-reversing and bodybuilding properties of synthetic growth hormone treatment. This article critically reviews the evidence surrounding these health claims.
  • Type 2 Diabetes Drug Alogliptin Causes Liver Toxicity
    (August 2014)
    Learn why Public Citizen’s Health Research Group has designated the following three new Type 2 diabetes drugs as Do Not Use: alogliptin (NESINA), the combination of alogliptin and metformin (KAZANO), and the combination of alogliptin and pioglitazone (OSENI).

  View the entire July 2014 issue in PDF format

  • New Study Shows Increased Risk Of Death With Sleeping Pills And Tranquilizers
    (July 2014)
    For many years, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group has recommended against using tranquilizers and sleeping pills to treat insomnia and anxiety. This article presents new evidence linking use of these drugs to an increased risk of premature death.
  • Assessing FDA Performance: Approval Speed Is Not the Answer
    (July 2014)
    In his editor’s column, Dr. Carome takes the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to task for its obsessive focus on drug approval times as a measure of agency success. Focusing on such metrics to assess the agency’s performance is misguided and dangerous.
  • Genetic Tests Not Useful for Managing Warfarin Dosing, According to New Studies
    (July 2014)
    In 2007, the FDA enthusiastically suggested that newly available genetic tests would help doctors select the best dose of warfarin — one of the oldest and most widely prescribed blood thinners (anticoagulants) — for individual patients. Find out why the FDA’s enthusiasm about the promise of genetic testing in the management of warfarin dosing was premature and overstated.
  • High-Dose Selenium May Increase Prostate Cancer Risk
    (July 2014)
    Dietary supplement companies tout the mineral selenium as possibly being able to reduce the risk of prostate cancer and other diseases. Learn about new evidence showing that high doses of selenium may actually increase the risk of prostate cancer.
  • Do Not Use Steroid Injections for Back Pain
    (July 2014)
    Steroid injections are very commonly used to treat back pain. Find out why Public Citizen’s Health Research Group now recommends against such treatment.

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