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Drug Stores and Methamphetamine

Drug Stores and Methamphetamine

In recent years, law enforcement has been tracking the growing methamphetamine problem in the United States, which has steadily moved West. One of the key components of the problem is the accessibility of a key ingredient, pseudoephedrine, which had been available in over-the-counter medications.  States, mostly in the West and Mid-West created laws that forced cold medicines containing these ingredients off retail shelves and behind the pharmacy counter. How have drug stores responded to the laws intended to reduce the sale of medications containing pseudoephedrine?

October 25, 2007

Pharmaceutical Industry Hid SSRI Dangers to Children

Pharmaceutical Industry Hid SSRI Dangers to Children

Industry-wide tests on the effects of SSRIs on children and adolescents were done in the mid-90s.  Those tests tied the drugs to suicide, aggression, and violent behavior.  Nonetheless, tens of thousands of children worldwide were prescribed Paxil and other SSRIs—with devastating consequences.

October 17, 2007

Testing Dietary Supplements

Testing Dietary Supplements

Safety concerns about the manufacture of dietary supplements include serious side effects and failed treatments.  In the absence of government regulations, private testing companies have emerged.  These companies often charge a fee for an “approval seal”—if a product has passed its test. Some consider it unethical that the lab’s results are tied to profit as much as health and safety.

October 11, 2007

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