Generic Drug Fraud?
The Doctors are shocked by a story about a drug company that allegedly falsified its data in order to obtain approval for its drugs by the Federal Drug Administration. Ranbaxy, a drug company that produces generic drugs to treat a variety of illnesses, including AIDS and heart disease, is at the heart of the controversy.
“I’m dumbfounded,” whistleblower Dinesh Thakur exclaims in an interview with CBS news. “I’ve worked in this industry for 11 years … and never seen such callous behavior.”
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork emphasizes that this is an isolated case and that most generic drugs are perfectly safe. He adds, “If you’re taking a medication … and you’re experiencing side effects, or you don’t feel like it’s effective, speak up, talk to your doctor about it.”
• To read the statement from the FDA in regard to the allegations, please click here.
Anti-Smoking Campaign Effectiveness
A father and son go fishing. A returned soldier surprises his mother at work. These are some of the moments captured in a new anti-smoking campaign, which targets people’s sentimental feelings to encourage them to quit smoking. The Doctors discuss the effectiveness of this approach, as compared to the popular scare tactic approach, with its often graphic images of the negative health effects of smoking.
Dr. Travis asks which approach is more effective in deterring children. Dr. Sears shares that as a second-grader, he was very influenced by the scare tactic approach. Similarly, OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains that detailing the physical side effects of smoking — yellowing teeth, stained fingernails, wrinkles — works well with her teenage patients. She adds, “I say, do whatever works.”
Dr. Travis emphasizes, “If you are a smoker, the number one thing you can do to improve your health is to stop smoking.”
• For resources to help you quit smoking, please click here.
The Rule of Threes: Stay Fresh and Fit
The Doctors share startling habits that are making you stinky and sick. Plus, learn three ways to look slimmer!
• For a list of microwave popcorn brands without PFOA in the bag lining, click here.
Dr. Berman’s Women’s Health House Call
Urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman visited a group of college-age women to answer their questions about women’s sexuality. What she didn’t expect was to learn a few things herself about modern dating.
When asked about orgasms, Dr. Berman explains that it’s a learned reflex that most women develop in puberty. She adds that if the brain-to-genital connection isn’t made in puberty, then achieving orgasm may require more work for the adult woman. “Everybody’s different,” she says. “You do not need to have an orgasm every time. In fact, most people don’t. Enjoy the experience, and don’t focus on the goal.”
Then, the young women share their thoughts on texting and sexting — sending flirtatious and sometimes graphic images to one’s partner. While sending images may be titillating, family medicine physician and sexologist Dr. Rachael Ross warns that, “There’s no real safe way to do it.” Even with new messaging software that supposedly deletes an image after one minute, there’s no guarantee that the receiver hasn’t taken a screen shot of the image and kept it for his or her own use.
Are You at Risk?
The Doctors debunk the biggest pregnancy myths and share unhealthy habits putting you at risk.