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Greg Webb

Heartburn and PPI’s: Do the Risks Outweigh the Benefits?

With over 21 million people in the US (the estimate in 2009) taking medications called proton pump inhibiters, or PPI’s, (which include Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid) new medical studies raise some alarms about the safety of these medications. When I […]

Greg Webb

FDA Calls for Reducing Dosages of Sleeping Pill Lunesta

A year and a half after the FDA required manufacturers to reduce recommended dosages of Ambien for women, there is a call to reduce the standard dosage of Lunesta. According to a federal study, roughly four percent of US adults […]

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Beware of Combining Supplements with Prescription Drugs

The most recent news on dietary supplements suggests that supplements used in conjunction with prescription medications can, in some cases, be dangerous. In a recent study, based on data from a national health and nutrition survey, researchers found that 34 […]

Greg Webb

Blood Pressure Medications Linked to Higher Fall Risk

“Do you avoid a heart attack by using drugs associated with an almost equal risk of breaking a hip or injuring your brain?”  That’s the question being asked by Yale researchers in a study of elderly adults who take anti-hypertensive […]

Greg Webb

Dietary Supplement Business Booms as Congress Delays Regulatory Legislation

Many people believe that the dietary supplement market needs regulation of the manufacturing process. Dr. Pieter Cohen, a general internist at Cambridge Health Alliance,  and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has a plan for regulating supplements and […]

Greg Webb

Lethal Overdoses Increase as Patients Mix Opioids and Benzodiazepines

Thousands of Americans are dying each year from mixing opioids and benzodiazepines. In 2010, there were about 16,650 overdose deaths tied to prescription opioids. That is more than a four-fold increase from the 4,030 deaths in 1999, according to the CDC. […]

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Pharmaceutical Co. Recalls Drug Used in General Anesthesia Due to Contamination

Mylan Inc., located in Pennsylvania, is the third largest generic and specialty pharmaceuticals company in the world. Mylan is issuing a recall of ten lots of Etomidate Injection 2 mg/mL – 10 mL and 20 mL.  Etomidate is an injectable […]

Greg Webb

Bad Drugs: FDA Looks at India’s Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry

Were you aware that India’s pharmaceutical industry supplies 40 percent of over-the-counter and generic prescription drugs?  By 2017 India will be the 11th largest drug market in the world.    India may be a major player, but is it selling […]

Greg Webb

DOJ Orders Dakota Laboratories to Correct Drug Violations

On August 26, 2013 the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the South Dakota-based company, Dakota Laboratories and its owner, Charles Voellinger. This is the latest action in the ongoing investigations of the FDA for problems with the manufacturer’s […]

Greg Webb

Extra Strength Tylenol Will Get Another Warning Label

Beware if you are a heavy user of Extra Strength Tylenol.  You could be at risk of fatal liver failure. The FDA discovered the connection between high amounts of acetaminophen and liver damage in 1977 but it wasn’t until 2009 that it […]