Category: FDA

One of the first types of medications we turn to for the treatment of high blood pressure is angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). They effectively lower blood pressure, are conveniently taken once a day, and are usually available as affordable generics. But unfortunately, 2018 brought widespread recalls of valsartan, a widely prescribed ARB, due to… Read More

Dietary supplements often show up in news reports for having inaccurate labels or falsely claiming to cure diseases. Not only do many supplements not contain the active ingredients they say they do, but there’s an even more worrisome problem: dietary supplements that contain unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients. The FDA keeps a public list of tainted supplements,… Read More

Xarelto is a commonly prescribed drug that helps prevent blood clots, stroke, and atrial fibrillation. The bad news? At over $500 cash price for a typical monthly supply, Xarelto is really expensive—and it isn’t expected to be available as a generic for some time. If your doctor thinks Xarelto right for you, how can you… Read More

The FDA has officially added a black box warning to gout drug Uloric. According to an in-depth review of a large clinical trial, Uloric can cause an increased risk of death, especially from heart-related causes. Although a black box warning is the most serious type of warning given by FDA for prescription drugs, this isn’t… Read More

Esketamine, a promising new nasal spray medication, is now FDA-approved for difficult-to-treat depression. It is the first major new antidepressant approved in decades. Some experts are concerned over the risk for misuse, but these concerns have been––for now––outweighed by the benefits of the drug: Esketamine acts fast (within hours) and improves symptoms of depression where… Read More

Back in 2017, popular erectile dysfunction medication Viagra went generic, and since then, prices have dropped to as little as $4 per pill at some pharmacies. Viagra and its generic, , are two of the most popular drugs on the market today. Their popularity has led to thousands of bad jokes and hundreds of cheesy… Read More

According to the FDA, certain manufacturers of dietary supplements and other over-the-counter products have falsely claimed that their products can treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, which causes a progressive loss of brain cells that leads to memory loss. The products included in the warning have not been reviewed by the FDA and have not been… Read More

Opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine are often believed to be the holy grail of pain relief. But, rates of opioid abuse and overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years, as has our knowledge of the risks of these painkillers. Opioid medications are not the only effective painkillers out there. In fact, often, they are… Read More

The FDA just issued a recall for CoaguChek XS PT at-home test strips, used to monitor effects of the blood thinner, warfarin, in the body. The recall is categorized as a class I recall (the most serious kind), which means that use of the test strips could lead to serious adverse health problems or even… Read More

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that can lead to scarring of the liver and liver cancer, and is currently one of the most expensive conditions to treat. Depending on the medication prescribed and the length of treatment, it can cost patients as much as $200,000 to treat their hepatitis C. Luckily, Gilead, one of… Read More