August #38 : Pills, Chills and Thrills - by Gabi Horn

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Tales of the City

Ask Amelio


The Mere Future

Record Time


The American People

Switching Channels

Takin’ It to the Streets

Have A Ball

The Grass Is Greener


To the Editor

Pass the AZT

Deadly Dad

Stuck in the Riddle

Survey Says...

Let’s Talk About Sex

Name Game

Vive la France!

Gets His Goat

Going Downtown? Dam It

Dr. Dementia

Voices Carry


And Now For Something Entirely Fiction

Tita Aida

Death Becomes Her

In the Hot Seat

Oh, Viagra!

You Can’t Take It With You

Clean and Sober

Know Your Writes

Pills, Chills and Thrills

TB or not TB

Move It!

Risky When Rushed

It’s All About the Journal

Heart of the Matter

Stink Balms

Angel and Insects

Pier 48

Say What

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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August 1998

Pills, Chills and Thrills

by Gabi Horn

Prescription for Disaster: The Hidden Dangers in Your Medicine Cabinet

With round-the-clock protease pill popping now routine, the risks of doctors’ Rx errors, unexpected interactions and unexplained side effects have taken a quantum leap. So the new exposé Prescription for Disaster (Simon & Schuster), by investigative journalist Thomas Moore, makes compelling reading for every HIVer—whether you’re starting, stopping or staying on meds. Moore uncovers gaps in the drug-safety chain—from drug-company corner-cutting to FDA laxity to physician denial to patient inattentiveness—that may subject users to life-threatening harm. Besides calling for stricter drug regulation, Prescription for Disaster offers practical tips: Getting the info you need from your doctor and pharmacist, making a medications list and interpreting the gobbledygook on product inserts. Moore’s red flag is especially timely given a new Journal of the American Medical Association report estimating this country’s medicine-induced deaths at 140,000 a year.

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