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  • Pharma Companies Buying Old Drugs, Dramatically Increasing Prices
    (August 2015)
    Learn about one disturbing pharmaceutical industry trend contributing to skyrocketing prices of certain lifesaving medications that have been on the market for decades.
  • Antibiotics, Common Heartburn Drugs And Spread of Potentially Fatal Intestinal Infection
    (August 2015)
    Proton pump inhibitors, a widely used class of heartburn drugs, and essentially all antibiotics increase your risk of C. difficile infections, which can cause severe, even life-threatening diarrhea illness. Read this article to find out how to protect yourself from this dangerous infection.
  • Update: Treatment of Chronic Asthma
    (August 2015)
    Asthma is a common disease afflicting more than 16 million American adults and 6 million children. Find out the safest and most effective options for managing this chronic lung disease.
  • Questions & Answers for August 2015
    (August 2015)
    A reader asks whether a recent change in her thyroid disorder symptoms could have been caused by switching from a brand name to generic thyroid hormone replacement drug. See our advice regarding concerns about such thyroid medication changes.
  • Risks but No Benefits to Taking Newest Drugs For Type 2 Diabetes
    (August 2015)
    The airwaves are filled with ads promoting the newest class of diabetes medications, often referred to as “flozins.” In this article, we review the serious safety concerns that have prompted us to designate all flozins as Do Not Use.
  • Anticholinergics May Increase Dementia Risk in Elderly
    (August 2015)
    Learn about recent evidence suggesting that anticholinergic drugs — which include many antidepressants, antihistamines and overactive bladder control medications — may increase the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia in the elderly.

  View the entire July 2015 issue in PDF format

  • Public Citizen Shines a Light on Off-Label Promotion of Diabetes Drugs
    (July 2015)
    In a recent complaint to the FDA, we took several makers of diabetes drugs to task for direct-to-consumer ads that promote the drugs for unapproved uses. Find out the names of the drugs targeted in our complaint and the nature of the off-label uses being promoted in the ads.
  • New Study Reveals Many Patients at Risk for Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Interactions
    (July 2015)
    Recent research revealed that many patients consume alcohol while using drugs that may can cause dangerous side effects when combined with alcohol. Read this article to learn about the many ways alcohol can adversely interact with prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • Industry Lawsuit Threatens FDA's Regulation of Drugs
    (July 2015)
    Worst Pills, Best Pills News editor Dr. Michael Carome discusses an unusual lawsuit filed by a drug company against the FDA that seeks to bypass the agency’s drug approval process and the prohibition against off-label promotion.
  • Eight Treatments Commonly Used for Osteoarthritis Pain
    (July 2015)
    Patients with osteoarthritis have many treatment options. Find out which ones are safest for relieving osteoarthritis pain.
  • News Brief for July 2015
    (July 2015)
    In this month’s news brief, we discuss Public Citizen’s recent petition to the FDA calling for a ban on all oral forms of a commonly used antifungal drug.

  View the entire June 2015 issue in PDF format

  • Risk of Sudden Death With Some Hypertension Drug-Antibiotic Combinations
    (June 2015)
    Find out which commonly used antibiotic can increase your risk of sudden death if it is combined with either an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor or an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), which are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the U.S.
  • More Evidence of Dietary Supplements’ Dangers, Lack of Quality
    (June 2015)
    Worst Pills, Best Pills News editor Dr. Michael Carome discusses three recent events that reinforce the importance of being wary when considering the use of dietary supplements.
  • News Briefs for June 2015
    (June 2015)
    In our news briefs this month, we report on a recent FDA warning about the dangers of relying on over-the-counter homeopathic products to treat asthma. We also discuss the FDA’s very first approval of a biosimilar, which is essentially a generic version of a biologic drug.
  • More Dietary Potassium Can Reduce Occurrence of Hypertension, Amount of Drugs Needed for Its Treatment
    (June 2015)
    Learn why increasing the amount of potassium in your diet can help lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of suffering a stroke. To help readers assess their potassium intake, we offer a list of potassium-rich foods.
  • Canada Issues Warnings on Alzheimer’s Disease Drugs
    (June 2015)
    Health Canada, the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, recently warned physicians and patients about safety concerns regarding two drugs commonly used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Find out the names of these drugs and the newly identified serious adverse events linked to them.
  • Injections for Age-Related Macular Degeneration
    (June 2015)
    Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness and serious decreases in vision among patients age 50 and older. In this article, we provide our independent expert assessment of the available drug treatments for this disorder.

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