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879 Dangers in the Drugstore 11/3/2012

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We use medications in the expectation that they will cure us or help us feel better. That is why it seems like a betrayal when we suffer grievous harm instead. Could the outbreak of fungal meningitis have been prevented with closer regulation of compounding pharmacies?

Some medicines have long-term side effects that may not be recognized right away. Propecia for hair growth may have a lasting impact on sexual function. What other reactions should we all know about?

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The specter of fungal meningitis caused by injections of unsterile steroids calls for a closer look at compounding pharmacies. What role do they play and how should they be regulated? Where did the system fail that permitted so many people to be exposed to danger?

When the doctor prescribes a medicine, we know it may have some side effects. We may look them up ahead of time to know what to expect. But what if the side effects stay with you long after you stop taking the drug? Would you accept long-lasting sexual problems as a trade-off for reversing baldness?

We welcome listener questions and stories about prescription drug side effects.

Guests: Carmen Catizone is the Executive Director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacies (NABP). The website is

Michael S. Irwig M.D., F.A.C.E. is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Director of the Center for Andrology at the George Washington University School of Medicine.

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Air Date Nov 3, 2012

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