Recent Postings to


Worst Pills, Best Pills Newsletter Articles

  View the entire August 2017 issue in PDF format

  • FDA Calls for Withdrawal of Dangerous Opioid That Never Should Have Been Approved
    (August 2017)
    Worst Pills, Best Pills News Editor Dr. Michael Carome assesses the implications of the FDA’s recent request that a major pharmaceutical company remove from the market its reformulated extended-release opioid product.
  • Anti-Clotting Drugs Increase Risk of Dangerous Bleeding In the Head
    (August 2017)
    Millions of people in the U.S. take blood thinners or antiplatelet medications to prevent the formation of potentially harmful clots in the heart, large veins or arteries. In this article, we report new research that examined the risk of one of the most serious bleeding complications associated with these drugs: subdural hematomas in the head.
  • Food-Drug Interactions You Should Know About
    (August 2017)
    Although health care professionals often advise patients on whether the medications they are taking may interact with each other, they do not always discuss how various foods may interact with medications. Learn about some of these dangerous food-drug interactions and how to protect yourself.
  • Drugs That Cause Diarrhea
    (August 2017)
    Many medicines can cause diarrhea, which can be severe and life-threatening in some cases. Find out which drugs have this adverse effect.
  • Medications for Hair Loss
    (August 2017)
    Alopecia, or excessive hair loss, is a common problem among both men and women, and it can have a considerable negative impact on the body image and emotional well-being of affected individuals. In this article, we present our recommendations regarding drugs that are approved for treating hair loss.

  View the entire July 2017 issue in PDF format

  • Do Not Use Eluxadoline (VIBERZI) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    (July 2017)
    Eluxadoline was approved by the FDA in May 2015 for treating irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea as the predominant symptom in adults. Learn about the drug’s serious adverse effects that outweigh its limited benefits.
  • Supplements Purported to Boost Female Sex Drive Were Tainted
    (July 2017)
    For years, the Food and Drug Administration has repeatedly warned the public about dietary supplements that have been spiked illegally with hidden drugs. Find out which dangerous drug is now showing up in dietary supplements that are being promoted for increasing sexual desire and libido in women.
  • Acid-Suppressing Drugs Associated with Serious Infectious Diarrhea
    (July 2017)
    In this article, we discuss how two families of commonly used stomach acid suppressants may make patients more susceptible to Clostridium difficile infection, which can lead to severe, sometimes life-threatening diarrhea.
  • Magnesium Supplements Not Helpful for Nighttime Leg Cramps
    (July 2017)
    Nocturnal or nighttime leg cramps (charley horses) are very common in adults, afflicting nearly half of those over the age of 50. Find out why magnesium supplements are not the solution for this often distressing condition.
  • “Natural” Teething Remedies Also May Be Deadly
    (July 2017)
    Parents may be tempted to try assorted teething remedies for their infants. Learn about certain homeopathic products for teething that have been recalled because they were linked to a large number of serious injuries in infants.
  • Questions & Answers
    (July 2017)
    In this month’s Question & Answer section, we respond to a reader's question about how patients with high blood pressure should increase their dietary intake of potassium.

  View the entire June 2017 issue in PDF format

  • Benefits of Probiotics Remain Unproven
    (June 2017)
    The food and dietary supplement industries have been swift to capitalize on the excitement surrounding the microbes living on or within our bodies by selling products that contain probiotics, or live microor¬ganisms purported to improve health by altering the microbiome. In this article, we explain which claims about probiotics have been tested in clinical trials — and why many probiotic supplements are very likely a waste of money.
  • A Prescription for Making Medicines More Affordable in the U.S.
    (June 2017)
    Learn about landmark legislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate that would lower the cost of prescription medications for all Americans, increase access to drugs for consumers and hold pharma¬ceutical corporations accountable for wrongdoing.
  • Drugs That Are Most Likely to Land Patients in the Emergency Room
    (June 2017)
    Many adverse drug reactions are severe enough to cause serious injury, hospitalization and even death. Find out which outpatient medications are most likely to cause adverse events that necessitate a visit to the emergency room.
  • Study Uncovers Serious Underreporting of Harms in Orlistat’s Trials
    (June 2017)
    For many years, we have designated the weight-loss drug orlistat (XENICAL, ALLI) as Do Not Use because it exposes patients to serious risks that greatly outweigh its minimal benefits. In this article, we describe data from a new study showing that orlistat’s side effects were seriously underreported in published medical journal articles for the clinical trials that the drugmaker conducted to support the drug’s approval.
  • Side Effects of Blood Pressure Drugs Often Unmonitored, Unaddressed
    (June 2017)
    We discuss new studies confirming that the widely used angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers can potentially harm the kidneys and cause dangerous elevations in blood potassium levels. These studies also indicated that many doctors are not heeding recommenda¬tions to look out for these side effects.

Additional Information from Public Citizen

Copyright © 2017 Public Citizen's Health Research Group. All rights reserved.