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  • Doctors Accepting Bribes, Betraying Patients
    (August 2016)
    Worst Pills, Best Pills News editor Dr. Michael Carome discusses the recent arrest of two former drug company employees for allegedly running a brazen scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe millions of dollars' worth of a powerful synthetic opioid.
  • Incretin-Mimetic Drugs: Do Not Use to Treat Diabetes
    (August 2016)
    Incretin mimetics, one of the newer classes of diabetes drugs, are widely prescribed in the U.S. Find out why Public Citizen's Health Research Group recommends against using any of these medications.
  • Starting Beta Blockers Before Noncardiac Surgery May Be Harmful
    (August 2016)
    Beta blockers, which are widely used and effective in treating high blood pressure, heart disease and heart failure, are often started in patients prior to surgery in an effort to prevent cardiovascular complications. Learn why starting beta blockers immediately before undergoing surgery may be dangerous.
  • Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Dementia in the Elderly
    (August 2016)
    In this article, we review new research linking use of the heartburn and ulcer medications known as proton pump inhibitors to an increased risk of dementia.
  • Supplements for Age-Related Macular Degeneration
    (August 2016)
    Numerous high-dose dietary supplements are now broadly marketed to promote general eye health. Find out who can benefit from — and who should not take — these supplements and which ingredients to look for on the label.
  • News Brief for August 2016
    (August 2016)
    In this month's news briefs, we report on the FDA's decision to require new black-box warnings in the labeling of all immediate-release opioid drugs about the risks of abuse, addiction, overdose and death, as well as the agency's recent drug safety alert reminding consumers not to purchase over-the-counter chelation products. We also discuss the decision of a major drugmaker to terminate its involvement in the marketing of an inhaled form of insulin.

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  • Proton Pump Inhibitors Might Cause Chronic Kidney Disease
    (July 2016)
    Public Citizen's Health Research Group has long warned about the serious risks of the commonly used group of heartburn drugs known as proton pump inhibitors. In this article, we discuss new research suggesting that chronic kidney disease is another potential side effect of these drugs.
  • Antibiotic Misuse: Dangerous for Everyone
    (July 2016)
    When health care providers prescribe antibiotics to patients who do not need them, these drugs endanger both the patients taking them and the public at large. Find out why.
  • Vitamin D for Preventing Falls in the Elderly: Less Is Safer
    (July 2016)
    Many people take vitamin supplements to promote bone and muscle health. But taking too much vitamin D may have dangerous consequences. Read this article to find out how much vitamin D is safe.
  • Drugs That Cause Sun-Related Skin Reactions
    (July 2016)
    Summer is a terrific time for healthy outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, biking and swim¬ming. But for an unlucky few, certain medications can lead to adverse skin reactions following exposure to the sun. Find out whether you are at risk and how to protect yourself.
  • Drug-Induced Hair Loss
    (July 2016)
    For most people with hair loss, the condition usually is age-related or due to the genes they inherited from their parents. But for some patients, the cause of the problem can be found in the medicine cabinet. Learn about some commonly used medications that can cause hair loss.

  View the entire June 2016 issue in PDF format

  • Industry Money Undermines the Doctor-Patient Relationship
    (June 2016)
    Worst Pills, Best Pills News editor Dr. Michael Carome highlights new research showing that the large sums of money pharmaceutical and medical device companies funnel to physicians too often play an inappropriate role in physicians’ prescribing decisions.
  • Prostate Drugs Increase Risks of Falls, Fractures
    (June 2016)
    Symptoms of benign (noncancerous) prostate enlargement afflict most men age 60 or older. In this article, we discuss new research showing that a group of drugs often used to treat this condition slightly increase the risk of falls and fractures. We offer important advice on how to minimize these risks.
  • What Is a Drug Label?
    (June 2016)
    Drug labels provide important information regarding the benefits and risks of prescription medications. In this article, we offer guidance on where to find these drug labels and identify the sections of the label that provide the most useful information for patients.
  • Important Questions About Shingles
    (June 2016)
    Shingles is a very common disease caused by the chicken (herpes zoster) virus. Elderly adults are particularly vulnerable to developing this painful and sometimes debilitating condition. Learn the facts about shingles and how you can lower your risk of developing it.
  • SPIRIVA for COPD: Find Out Which Inhaler Is Safe
    (June 2016)
    Tiotropium (SPIRIVA) is a frequently prescribed drug administered via oral inhalers for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The drug is available in two types of inhaler devices. One of these should never be used. Find out which one.

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