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What Is the FDA Thinking?

October 2, 2021
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Getting the FDA to retract a decision is like getting the toothpaste back into the tube, once it’s been squeezed out.

Take the current all-star Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab. It’s not a proven but it IS approved. To the hefty price tag of $56,000 a year!


$112 billion new Alzheimer’s drug in question

July 13, 2021
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Getting the FDA to retract a decision is like getting the toothpaste back in the tub, after it’s been squeezed out…

Whether it’s “yes” or “no,” there is no “maybe so”.

A good example is the new all star Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab.


Medical Marijuana — It’s Here to Stay…

March 27, 2021
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Let’s face it. The time has come.

Even the FDA has opened its eyes with new clinical trials.

Although the AMA chooses to keep their heads in the sand. For now.

It used to be popular to debate the merits and dangers of medical marijuana.

For example, it could lead to addiction. Like cocaine. (Oh please!)

But now, there’s clinically proven scientific proof, with more to come…


Anti-Epilepsy Drugs and Osteoporosis – It’s Not Just a Women’s Disease

February 24, 2021
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A research team consisting of epilepsy specialists and epidemiologists (persons who study the causes and control of diseases) reports on a study that answered an important but simple question:

Do anti-seizure drugs cause reductions in bone density?

Why ask this question?


Can I Substitute Generic Drugs for My Anti-Seizure Medications?

July 24, 2020
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The controversy about generic drugs continues…


What’s Really In Your Meds?

March 10, 2020
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“As Americans become more concerned about quality issues with prescription medications made abroad, one company is trying to offer an additional layer of reassurance — by doing chemical analysis before dispensing drugs to patients…”


Dilantin — Hero or Horror?

November 12, 2018
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Dilantin (Phenytoin) can be considered the grandfather of all epilepsy medications.

Although it was invented in 1908 as a chemical that could prevent convulsions during electroshock treatment, its popularity grew quickly, and as early as 1940, it was hailed as initiating a whole new epoch of anti-epilepsy drugs, motivating researchers to seek even more effective medications and pharmaceutical companies set up aggressive screening programs.

In the next two decades, a dozen new anticonvulsants were introduced into clinical therapy!

Today, Dilantin remains one of the most widely used drugs in the world.


The Deadly Drug Shortage — An Escalating Crisis

February 28, 2016
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It’s not just “what if”. The drug shortage has become so severe that you can even go to an index to find your drug and its probable shortage.

Even the US Library of Medicine has cited the continuing “Drug Shortage Crisis in the United States”.

The New York Times talks about “Drug Shortages Forcing Hard Decisions on Rationing Treatments.”

Fortune Magazines has the headline: “The U.S. has a drug shortage — and people are dying.”

And the Wall Street Journal cites “U.S. Drug Shortages Frustrate Doctors, Patients.”


The Alarming Drug Shortage — A Continuing Crisis

December 11, 2012
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The drug shortages that have been plaguing the U.S. show no signs of going away anytime soon.

The problem peaked in 2011, when a record 251 drugs were declared in short supply. This year, slightly more than 100 were placed on the list, and workers say the battle to keep pharmacy shelves stocked continues…


Perampanel — New Hope For Those With Uncontrollable Seizures

November 6, 2012
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On October 24, 2012 the FDA approved Perampanel as an adjunct treatment for refractory partial-onset seizures in patients with epilepsy aged 12 years and older. A step forward for us all. Here’s why…


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