ARB Recall by Steven Mussey, M.D.

This recall of the ARB’s (Angiotensin Receptor Blockers) is wreaking havoc on doctors and pharmacists. It started with Valsartan.  So, we switched people to Losartan.  Then Losartan was recalled.  We tried Olmesartan but the insurance companies rejected the switch due to costs.  We then tried Irbesartan, which worked… until the recall hit Irbesartan.  Now, all three of the affordable drugs are unavailable.  Uh… Oh, yeah!  Telmisartan might work! Then, the stories came out:  All the “sartans” are suspect!

No one is communicating to the doctors!  We’re out here on our own, trying to figure out how to keep blood pressures controlled without causing side effects or cancer!The FDA looks totally incompetent!

Big pharmacies look absurd with their letters to patients:  “Your drug may… or may not be causing cancer.  We’re not sure.  Ask your doctor!”  (Since when do doctors track lot numbers and generic manufacturers when they write for a medication?)

It is every hour of every day!  Letters in the mail with lists of patients but no useful information!  Calls and faxes from pharmacies and patients!  Everyday, patients are coming in who have stopped ALL their medicine because they don’t want cancer.

This is insanity!

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]