By: Joe Graedon June 21, 2021 169 Comments
    Problems with Generic Wellbutrin (Bupropion)? No…

    More than a decade ago we received a message from J. in Danville, New York about her antidepressant--generic Wellbutrin (bupropion). She said: "I have been taking Budeprion XL 300 mg for three months …

    By: Joe Graedon May 31, 2021 21 Comments
    Why Won’t Pharmacies Fill Prescriptions with A…

    We are always surprised and disheartened when health professionals are unfamiliar with the concept of authorized generic drugs. We shouldn’t be. Medical and pharmacy students are not taught that the…

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2021 5 Comments
    Will COVID Crisis in India Lead to Drug Shortage…

    What would you do if your medicine were unavailable? How would you cope if your pharmacy could not supply your blood thinner, thyroid medicine, diabetes drug or asthma inhaler? Most of us assume that …

    By: Joe Graedon April 26, 2021 15 Comments
    Can You Trust Your Drug Quality? Maybe Not!

    When you get on an airplane or an elevator you assume someone inspected the equipment. That is the implicit understanding between customers and companies. The goal is safety. But who inspects pharmace…

    By: Joe Graedon March 1, 2021 27 Comments
    Why Buy Brand Name Drugs from Canada?

    If you have tried to buy brand name medicine in the US you know that prices can be unbelievable. Most generic drugs are cheap by comparison. Imagine trying to buy a box of Kleenex only to discover tha…

    By: Joe Graedon February 8, 2021 51 Comments
    What Are Authorized Generic Drugs and Are They B…

    You've heard of generic drugs, right? They are supposed to be chemical copycats of brand name medicines. But that's a misnomer. Generic drugs are approximations of the original brand name medicine. Th…

    By: Joe Graedon December 30, 2020 6 Comments
    More Metformin Recalls Distress Diabetes Patient…

    Metformin is the most popular diabetes drug in the world. At last count, nearly 90 million prescriptions are dispensed every year for this medicine. But last December the FDA announced that it was pay…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2020 2 Comments
    COVID Vaccine Storage: Lessons for ALL Drugs!

    By now you have no doubt heard that the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID mRNA vaccine must be stored at -70 degrees Celsius. That is -94 degrees Fahrenheit. This is not arbitrary. Proper COVID vaccine storag…

    By: Joe Graedon September 14, 2020 27 Comments
    Shame on Us for Describing Drug Company “Girls…

    Ouch! Sometimes we deserve a spanking. We do make mistakes. When we do, we should be corrected. In this case, though, we are not responsible for the phrase “Girls’ night out.” We were quoting fr…

    By: Joe Graedon August 27, 2020 9 Comments
    Have Generic Drug Companies Cheated the Public?

    Generic drugs are supposed to save Americans big bucks. The FDA proudly proclaims that generic drug approvals by the agency save more than ten billion dollars annually. While there is no doubt that mo…

    By: Joe Graedon June 29, 2020 8 Comments
    Can You Trust Generic Drug Quality?

    Have you lost count of medication recalls? It would not surprise us if you have become accustomed to FDA announcements about problems with generic drug quality. First it was blood pressure pills like …

    By: Joe Graedon June 15, 2020 11 Comments
    When a Drug Like Buproprion Smells Bad

    Some drugs have a distinctive odor. That’s a nice way of saying that some medications naturally smell nasty. For example, we have seen complaints that the blood pressure medicine diltiazem has a str…

    By: Joe Graedon June 8, 2020 7 Comments
    Drug Labels Inadequate for Metformin Drug Recall…

    In case you might have missed our alerts about metformin drug recalls, here is a link to this latest drug debacle. Yup, the FDA has been caught up in another nitrosamine contamination scandal. Five co…

    By: Joe Graedon June 4, 2020 7 Comments
    Which Metformin is OK and Which is on the FDA’…

    Is the FDA facing another scandal? It was not that long ago that the agency was announcing massive recalls of popular “sartan” blood pressure medications such as irbesartan, losartan and valsartan…

    By: Terry Graedon June 1, 2020 9 Comments
    Looking for a Reliable Generic Medication

    If you take medications, there is a very good chance that you take at least one generic medicine. Can you trust it? The FDA has said that every generic drug it approves is equivalent to every other ap…

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2020 16 Comments
    ALERT | Metformin Carcinogen Contamination Confi…

    We have been quite concerned about the most widely prescribed diabetes drug in the world. Metformin (Glucophage) is taken by over 18 million Americans. More than 90 million prescriptions are dispensed…

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2020 12 Comments
    Did Price Fixing by Generic Drug Companies Cheat…

    Have you ever been cheated? Did someone ever give you the wrong change from a transaction, either knowingly or by accident? What about infidelity? Did someone ever cheat on you? Has price fixing by ge…

    By: Joe Graedon April 27, 2020 6 Comments
    Could Coronavirus Drug Shortages Make It Hard to…

    Long before the coronavirus pandemic, crucial medicines have been in short supply. We have been tracking drug shortages since 2014. In any given year, anywhere from 100 to 300 different medications ha…

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2020 2 Comments
    Quality Problems Prompt FDA Recall of Tetracycli…

    During these frightening times, we need to depend on the quality of the pharmaceuticals we take more than ever before. But a new announcement from the FDA won’t do anything to ease our concern. The …

    By: Joe Graedon April 20, 2020 11 Comments
    How Can People Afford Brand Name Medicines?

    We are frequently stunned by the high cost of medicines. That is especially true for brand name drugs. Most people have discovered that their insurance companies make it difficult to afford brand name…

    By: Joe Graedon April 20, 2020 6 Comments
    Was Your Medicine Transported Under FDA Guidelin…

    The FDA has very strict recommendations about how medicines should be stored and shipped. The question is: do drug companies and wholesalers comply with those guidelines? Getting a straight answer out…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2020 1 Comments
    Can You Manage Your Blood Sugar Naturally?

    Metformin is a first-line medication for people with type 2 diabetes. Although doctors also prescribe it for different disorders, from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) to prostate cancer, the majori…

    By: Joe Graedon March 2, 2020 38 Comments
    Several Metformin Diabetes Drugs Contaminated wi…

    Metformin (Glucophage) is one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States. According to our calculations, it is #5 on the list of top 100 pharmaceuticals dispensed in America. That means that me…

    By: Joe Graedon March 2, 2020 8 Comments
    Can You Prepare for Drug Shortages Resulting fro…

    On February 18, 2020, we wrote an article titled: “Will There be Drug Shortages Resulting from the Coronavirus?” Is there a possibility of worldwide drug shortages? China makes key ingredients for…

    By: Terry Graedon February 26, 2020 10 Comments
    COVID-19 Forces FDA to Stop Inspections in China

    The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it has stopped inspections in China of drug manufacturing facilities because of the COVID-19 epidemic. The FDA is, however, monitoring the drug supp…

    By: Joe Graedon February 10, 2020 5 Comments
    Wellbutrin XL Antidepressant Is Affordable in Ca…

    Several years ago we shook up the Food and Drug Administration when we complained about a generic form of the Wellbutrin XL antidepressant. We had received hundreds of complaints about a branded gener…

    By: Joe Graedon January 6, 2020 22 Comments
    Importing Medicine from Canada Is Illegal but Is…

    Politicians of every stripe complain about the high cost of prescription drugs. So far, though, all they do is talk. Nothing has been done to help patients deal with skyrocketing drug costs. The admin…

    By: Joe Graedon December 30, 2019 10 Comments
    Generic Antibiotic Doxycycline Did Not Work!

    For decades, most of the medicines Americans took were made in the U.S. That was true for brand-name drugs as well as generics. Over the last decade or two, though, drug companies realized that they c…

    By: Joe Graedon December 5, 2019 21 Comments
    Breaking Health News | Metformin and Nitrosamine…

    Not again! Another nitrosamine scare has just been announced for one of the most popular drugs in the pharmacy. Metformin is the number one most prescribed diabetes drugs in the U.S., if not in the wo…

    By: Joe Graedon December 5, 2019 31 Comments
    FDA Embraces Generic Drugs from India Despite Qu…

    2019 has been a year of many drug recalls because of concerns about quality and safety. The FDA announced a number of recalls involving blood pressure pills called ARBs. Angiotensin receptor blockers …

    By: Joe Graedon December 5, 2019 14 Comments
    Pharmacists Are Worried About Foreign Drug Probl…

    Pharmacists have been caught in a terrible double bind. On the one hand they want to dispense safe and effective pharmaceuticals. On the other hand, they have had to contend with unprecedented recalls…

    By: Joe Graedon October 14, 2019 12 Comments
    How Can You Tell if Your Drug Is Recalled?

    If you buy a can of tomatoes or infant formula, you will find a Lot Number and a Use By/Expiration Date. This allows you to instantly identify a product that might have a problem. Supermarkets scan pr…

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2019 28 Comments
    Another BP Nitrosamine Drug Recall and Zantac (R…

    Are you getting drug contamination fatigue? We would not blame you. There is a new blood pressure nitrosamine drug recall. This time it is from Torrent Pharmaceutical Limited of Ahmedabad, India. The …

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2019 14 Comments
    Has the FDA Not Approved Armour Thyroid?

    Levothyroxine, a synthetic version of the thyroid hormone known as T4, is at or near the top of the list of most prescribed medications. Millions of Americans need to take this medication because thei…

    By: Terry Graedon August 19, 2019 3 Comments
    Can You Overcome Trouble with Generic Antidepres…

    Have you ever had trouble with generic antidepressants? We have heard from many readers who report difficulties in switching from brand-name to generic or between different generic medications. I…

    By: Terry Graedon July 29, 2019 15 Comments
    How to Get Migraine Relief Without Spending a Fo…

    Everyone who suffers from migraine headaches would like to know how to get migraine relief. For the past two and half decades, drug manufacturers have offered effective medications for these severe he…

    By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2019 6 Comments
    Will New Epinephrine Shot Be More Affordable?

    A few years ago, there was quite a fuss about high prices and shortages affecting EpiPen emergency allergy injections. This epinephrine shot is used to avert anaphylactic shock that can be life threat…

    By: Dennis Miller, RPh July 15, 2019 21 Comments
    Why Are Pharmacists Silent about Generic Drug Qu…

    10 Reasons Why Pharmacists Are Silent about Generic Drug Quality: Two recently published books (Katherine Eban’s Bottle of Lies and Rosemary Gibson’s China Rx) spell out in graphic detail the…

    By: Joe Graedon June 20, 2019 4 Comments
    A New Carcinogen DMF Discovered in Valsartan BP …

    And now there are FOUR potential carcinogens found in blood pressure medicines called ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers). For almost a year, Americans have faced repeated recalls of BP pills like ir…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2019 26 Comments
    Why Aren’t Docs Outraged by Inadequate Generic…

    Doctors, pharmacists and nurses are directly responsible for patient care. They prescribe, dispense and oversee treatment. Why aren’t they more concerned about generic drug quality? We are confounde…