Our Drug Safety Crisis

The “ARB drugs contaminated with carcinogens” debacle has totally undermined all faith in the safety of our drug supply.  It is a nightmare for our patients, physicians, and pharmacists as we grapple for replacement drugs.   The problem is the ARB drug class is a fantastic drug category, offering efficacy and risk reduction with minimal side effects. Meanwhile, the PPI drug class is looking more hazardous.  Fatty liver, renal insufficiency, gastric polyps, dementia, osteoporosis, and other risks seem elevated in this drug class.  So, we switch people back to the old H2 blockers, only to find they are contaminated with carcinogens. I generally steer patients away from supplements.  The latest Tumeric problems have merely validated my concerns. In the end, we are losing total faith in the safety of our drugs.  Patients now view any new medication with great suspicion.  Simply treating blood pressure has become complicated and patient compliance has definitely fallen.

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Steven Mussey MD

Steven Mussey, M.D. is a physician in Internal Medicine, practicing in the Fredericksburg area for more than twenty years. He grew up in Springfield, Virginia and earned a degree in Physics from The University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree at The George Washington University and was inducted into the medical honor society AOA. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He served in the Air Force for four years before entering into private practice. He particularly enjoys geriatric medical care and working with complex patients. For almost a quarter century, he has been practicing with one other Internist. Both doctors enjoy practice in a small, but busy office, and plan on working into their 70s, as long as they can still find their way to the office. Dr. Mussey is also an avid cartoonist and has a weekly cartoon in the local newspaper. He also enjoys cartoon animation and has had several public service cartoons playing regularly on the television cable systems.