Category: Pharmaceuticals

How the “Don’t take this medication with grapefruit juice” warning originated

How a chance discovery by one scientist improved the safety of consumers worldwide.

/ September 29, 2022

The Polypill Comes of Age

The polypill is effective for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. By combining drugs in a single pill, it improves convenience and compliance.

/ September 20, 2022

PreP for HIV/AIDS

Two pills and an injection are FDA-approved to prevent HIV infection. Not enough patients and providers know about them.

/ August 30, 2022

Zinc for the prevention or treatment of respiratory tract infections: A new systematic review

A new systematic review examines the evidence for zinc to prevent or treat respiratory tract infections.

/ August 18, 2022
Fentanyl

What are the risks of touching fentanyl?

There is the widespread belief that simply touching fentanyl can be fatal. This assumption isn't supported by science or evidence.

/ July 21, 2022

Melatonin poisonings in children are increasing

Melatonin use is increasing, and accelerated during the pandemic. Overdoses are also increasing in children, and in rare cases are linked to serious harms.

/ July 7, 2022

Good faith doctoring or greedy drug dealing? SCOTUS hears opioid prescribing cases

Physicians running opioid "pill mills" were convicted of violating the Controlled Substances Act and given substantial prison sentences. The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether they were entitled to a "good faith" defense at trial.

/ March 10, 2022

Two New Antivirals Targeting COVID-19

There are two new drugs on the horizon that actually work against COVID-19.

/ November 10, 2021
Ivermectin

Courts should not order hospitals and physicians to administer ivermectin against their will

Courts in several states have ordered hospitals to administer ivermectin to COVID patients against the medical judgment of treating physicians. Patients have no legal right to a particular treatment and health care providers should not be forced to administer this drug.

/ September 9, 2021