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Drug Side Effects

Why Buy Brand Name Drugs from Canada?

Many people worry about generic drug quality. An FDA executive raised concerns about foreign manufacturing. Can you really buy brand name drugs from Canada?

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Drug Side Effects

How Can You Tell if Your Drug Is Recalled?

What should you do when your drug is recalled? Check the lot number (if you can find it) and ask the pharmacy about returning it.

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Another BP Nitrosamine Drug Recall and Zantac (Ranitidine)

You won't believe this. There is a nitrosamine drug recall for the BP med losartan. Other countries are recalling ranitidine (Zantac) for heartburn. Why?

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Has the FDA Not Approved Armour Thyroid?

A reader was surprised to learn that FDA has not approved Armour thyroid or other desiccated thyroid extracts. However, some people feel better taking it.

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Depression

Can You Overcome Trouble with Generic Antidepressants?

When patients have trouble with generic antidepressants, their doctor and pharmacist should act as allies to help them get the medication they need.

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Drug Side Effects

How to Get Migraine Relief Without Spending a Fortune

In the hunt for migraine relief, some people shop in Canada for a brand name triptan and others try inducing brain freeze.

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Allergies

Will New Epinephrine Shot Be More Affordable?

Novartis has brought out a new epinephrine shot for emergency use in case of allergic reactions. Called Symjepi, it costs less than EpiPen.

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Drug Side Effects

Why Are Pharmacists Silent about Generic Drug Quality?

Some writers have raised serious questions about generic drug quality, but most pharmacists don't seem very interested in the topic. Why not?

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Drug Side Effects

A New Carcinogen DMF Discovered in Valsartan BP Pills

It is hard to believe that yet another potential carcinogen has been found contaminating ARBs. The carcinogen DMF was detected in some valsartan BP pills.

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Depression

Why Aren’t Docs Outraged by Inadequate Generic Drug Approval?

The FDA says that generic drugs are equal to brand name medicines. A new book, Bottle of Lies, reveals that generic drug approval and monitoring is flawed!

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Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

Generic Furosemide Disappoints | How to Afford Lasix?

Lasix (furosemide) is an absolutely essential medication. It treats excess fluid buildup (edema). But we keep hearing about generic furosemide problems.

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Podcasts

Show 1169: What Are the Problems with Generic Drugs?

When investigative journalist Katherine Eban took a close look at medicine manufacturing, she uncovered many frightening problems with generic drugs.

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Drug Side Effects

Why Americans Don’t Trust the Pharmaceutical Industry

Do you trust the pharmaceutical industry to price medicines fairly, provide quality generic drugs and be honest? What happened this week to undermine trust?

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Arthritis

Generic Drugs Hammered | Are AUTHORIZED Generics the Answer?

The FDA has been criticized for its oversight of generic drugs. Major news stories this week dealt a blow to this industry. What about authorized generics?

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Podcasts

Show 1163: Should You Trust Your Prescription Drugs?

Where are your prescription drugs made and how do they get to you? Are you satisfied that they are of the best quality possible?

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Cancer

Another Week Another Losartan Recall | Will It Ever End?

After nine months the recall of contaminated generic BP drugs continues. Now it's a losartan recall from Teva. Why hasn't the FDA cleaned up this mess?

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Drug Side Effects

Why Is This Pharmacist Complaining About Levothyroxine Shortages?

Why do pharmacy chains change generic manufacturers? A pharmacist blames drug shortages. Are levothyroxine shortages really to blame for a readers concerns?

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Drug Side Effects

Will It Hurt to Switch Generic Levothyroxine?

If you are forced to switch generic levothyroxine formulations, you might experience symptoms of an improper dose. Ask the pharmacy to stick with one maker.

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Depression

Generic Escitalopram (Lexapro) Bombs Out Against Depression

Can you trust generic escitalopram (Lexapro) to treat depression. A number of visitors say the generic antidepressant doesn't work as well as the brand.

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Drug Side Effects

Another ARB Recall Translates into Bad BP Control

Have you lost count of all the blood pressure medicine recalls? Sorry, here is yet another ARB recall. This time it is for losartan from Legacy. Enough!