Have you been told lately by your physician or pharmacist that either atenolol or hydrochlorothiazide will not be available soon and that you should plan to change to something else for your hypertension? Did your health care professional give you a reason for the availability problem?

Both of these drugs have a fine track record, and they share one other characteristic: They are very inexpensive. Is there any chance that the pending unavailability of these drugs is linked to money? Might the new medication be much more costly? Why doesn’t your health care professional know what the problem is?

Is Big Pharma, which claims to care about your health, mostly interested in their bottom line? And don’t forget that even if you have prescription drug coverage, any increase in cost gets put on to you, either in premiums or taxes.

Doug Moreshead

retired pharmacist