Category: Pharmaceuticals

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

Genetic Testing for Selection of Psychotropic Medications

GeneSight is a blood test to determine which neuropsychiatric medications are indicated for an individual based on genetic analysis. The test is expensive and not likely to be helpful for most patients.

/ August 3, 2021

Near-fatal blood infection following naturopathic IV vitamin infusion

A patient nearly died from a blood infection after a compounded naturopathic vitamin infusion. IV vitamin infusions are a common naturopathic therapy used without adequate medical rationale and are not worth the risks.

/ July 29, 2021

FDA’s Decision to Approve Aduhelm (aducanumab) for Alzheimer’s

Criticism of the FDA's decision to approve aducanumab for Alzheimer's disease.

/ July 7, 2021
Alzheimer's Disease

No evidence, no problem: A closer look at the aducanumab approval

Why did the FDA approve aducanumab, a drug that hasn't been shown to work?

/ June 10, 2021

Eye Drops for Dry Eyes

I could have chosen a prescription eye drop for my dry eyes. I decided not to. Here's why.

/ May 4, 2021

A New Medication to Combat Obesity

New study in The New England Journal of Medicine finds impressive evidence that weekly semaglutide injections produce clinically significant weight loss as well as many other benefits, approaching the improvements seen with weight loss surgery. Not a definitive answer to obesity, but a very encouraging step in the right direction. Science works.

/ April 6, 2021

Evenity for Osteoporosis

Hip and wrist fractures are a common result of osteoporosis. A new drug, Evenity, reduces the risk of vertebral fractures, but it doesn't significantly reduce the risk of non-vertebral fractures. Other drugs do.

/ February 16, 2021