Pfizer said it is recalling Accuretic (quinapril HCl/hydrochlorothiazide) tablets, which are distributed by Pfizer, as well as two authorized generics distributed by Greenstone (quinapril, hydrochlorothiazide and quinapril HCl/ hydrochlorothiazide) because nitrosamine is in the tablets at above the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) level. Read more.
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A rumor on the FDA’s estriol ban reminds us that the axe could fall on these hormones at any time, and we have to be ready. Action Alert! Estriol and other bioidentical hormones that millions of women rely on are in dire threat of being banned. The FDA is working to clear the market of non-FDA-approved hormone products to eliminate competition for approved hormone drugs. The agency has doubled down on its rejection of the science on the safety and benefits of compounded bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (cBHRT), so it is up to consumer advocates to make our voices heard and protect access to these crucial medicines. Read more.
The latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), psychiatry’s “bible” that gives them the “authority” to prescribe drugs for “mental disorders,” is scheduled to be updated this month (March 2022) with new “disorders” that psychiatrists can now prescribe drugs for, which will undoubtedly put more people on their psyche drugs now. Read more.
Can homeopathic medicines help with COVID and other infections, or is this more “disinformation”? Action Alert! Late last year, the FDA issued a statement regarding cold medicines for children, including homeopathic products. Notably, the agency stated: “The FDA is not aware of any proven benefits of [homeopathic] products and urges you not to give homeopathic cough and cold medicine to children younger than 4.” This is in line with a recent guidance from the FDA putting forth an interpretation that all homeopathic products currently on the market are technically illegal. Read more.
People generally think that over-the-counter drugs are safer than physician-prescribed ones. Unfortunately that does not hold true for drugs like ibuprofen, consumed at a rate of billions of doses, annually, and responsible for thousands of cardiovascular disease-related deaths each year. Read more.
An article published this past weekend in The New York Times highlights a glaring problem with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its policy recommendations related to the pandemic during the past two years. The problem has to do with lack of transparency regarding hospitalizations for COVID-19 and the effectiveness of vaccinations for the illness. Read more.
…in updated opioid treatment guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Action Alert! The CDC recently proposed an updated set of recommendations for how and when to prescribe opioid medications. Doctors are, and should be, free to prescribe what they feel is necessary to help their patients—but should the federal government be recommending any opioid use in the midst of one of the worst addiction and overdose crises in history—particularly when agencies like the FDA played such a key role in the development of this crisis? Read more.
For too long, federal agencies like the FDA have shirked democratic responsibilities and ignored the law, allowing them to inject themselves into our lives without any accountability—it’s time for it to stop. Action Alert! We are increasingly subject to rules and decrees that are undemocratically (and perhaps illegally) issued from federal agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) Read more.
Global supplies of pharmaceutical drugs are getting tighter and tighter, and this has very serious implications for 2022 and beyond. Read more.
Abbott Laboratories, a leading maker of coronavirus tests, currently produces 70 million tests per month. Abbott has reported it has generated profits of more than $5 billion in global sales in the first three quarters of 2021 after the launch of its over-the-counter test BinaxNOW sold at Walmart, Walgreens and CVS stores. Read more.