Aspirin – Wonder Drug or Not?

My uncle was a pharmacist for 50 years, and I remember him telling me that if aspirin had been discovered today, it would definitely be a prescription medication because of all its different applications. But, as multi-faceted as aspirin is, aspirin maker Bayer may have gotten a bit carried away with its health claims. According… read more

Patient Beware Of FDA Fast-Track Policy

Does the Food and Drug Administration’s fast-track policy for new medical devices help or hurt? According to an article in the New York Times from October 27, 2008, the FDA approval process for medical devices is simple at best. The FDA does not check for evidence of effectiveness but only that the device performs as… read more

Water Damaged By Plastic Bottles

In the last post we talked about the potential hazards of BPA, the chemical used in the manufacture of plastic bottles. Well, now we’re going to talk about the potential hazards of the water in the plastic bottles! According to a study conducted by nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group (EWG), some 10 major brands of… read more

Bad Plastic & Epoxy Resins

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard about the controversy over plastic bottles, such as water bottles. The culprit is Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to produce various types of plastics and epoxy resins. Though plastics manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration contend BPA is not harmful, many disagree,… read more

Kids & Cold Medicines Don’t Mix

Well, cold season is fast upon us, and for many that means scouring the medicine aisles for cold remedies. Not so fast, my friends! Particularly for those of you who have young children, caution is the key when administering cold medication. Drug manufacturers announced plans to add a warning on labels against administering cough and… read more