Is Ipriflavone Effective in Treating Osteoporosis

I took Ipriflavone for about a year and a half in 2002, but stopped when an alternative provider recommended other treatments. Now I am 72, and a recent DEXA scan showed a much lower T-score. Is there any benefit to this drug? What has research shown? Ipriflavone is an herbal medicine made from a hormone … Continued

I Want to Stop Anastrozole, BUT!

My oncologist prescribed Anastrozole and I’ve been taking it since July 2016. My arthritis has flared up since. What are the side effects associated with using this drug?    Anastrozole has become popular for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. It’s been found to be more effective than the former leading drug for breast cancer … Continued

Natural Doesn’t Always Mean Better!

This week the National Women’s Health Network was back at the FDA fighting for medically accurate information about the dangers of hormone therapy during menopause. We have sounded the alarm before about products touted as “bioidentical” or “natural” that sound like a safer alternative to conventional hormone therapy drugs but likely carry the same increased … Continued

Tell the FDA to Put Health Ahead of Profits!

Drug prices are skyrocketing — and Big Pharma is raking in record profits.  Meanwhile, health care costs are increasing for all Americans. Big Pharma spends billions of dollars on misleading advertisements to convince people to seek out overpriced drugs that don’t work or they don’t need. Women urgently need an independent advocate they can trust. … Continued

The True Price of Prescription Drug Hikes!

Filling a prescription at the pharmacy is something most of us have had to do. For some that trip only occurs when that dreaded infection hits, but for others, it’s a common occurrence. Whether it was learning about the expense of that simple antibiotic or realizing the drug you are currently taking has doubled or … Continued

Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game: Drug Pricing in America

Earlier this year, Turing Pharmaceuticals faced intense public criticism after the company bought a 62-year-old drug and increased its price by 5,000 percent.1 Turing’s unusually outspoken Chief Executive Officer, Martin Shkreli, strongly defended the decision, even going so far as to argue that the new price was still below market value.2 Shkreli’s brazenly unapologetic attitude … Continued

More Support for Osteoporosis Prevention – Not Osteoporosis Drugs

Bisphosphonate use for prevention has declined in recent years – and that’s a victory!  But we’re concerned that a  recent article in the Wall Street Journal with the misleading title “More Support for Osteoporosis Drugs: The benefits of bisphosphonates outweigh the risks for many patients” (original article here) encourages the overuse of drugs that have … Continued

Women’s Lives Depend on You

On December 16, 1975, a memorial service was held outside of the Food and Drug Administration in memory of the women who died because the agency failed to warn them about dangerous drugs such as menopause hormone therapy. It was our very first public action as the National Women’s Health Network. The Network was founded … Continued

Know the Truth

How many times have you seen slick advertisements peddling the latest miracle drug (with a litany of nasty side effects quickly noted as an aside)…only to then see ads promising legal action for those harmed by the very same drug? If you can’t trust Big Pharma, the FDA, or sometimes even your own doctor, who … Continued