Your independent, respected source for information about medications and natural therapies.

Medication side effects are the #4 leading cause of death in the U.S. annually (JAMA 1998). Yet, few people receive adequate information when medication is prescribed. This website is dedicated to providing information to help you and your doctor make informed, intelligent choices about medications and natural alternatives to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of treatment. Note: This website is free of drug company or government influence. Jay S. Cohen M.D.

Dr. Jay S. Cohen, M.D.

Major Presentations

U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  Keynote Speaker, Annual Science Day, Clinical Pharmacology Division, Rockville, MD.  “Preventing Medication Side Effects: A Clinical Perspective.” 2002

Grand Rounds, Scripps Clinic and Medical Center, La Jolla, CA.  “Dose Optimization and Preventing Adverse Events: a Perspective on Improving Drug Safety and Keeping Patients in Treatment.” 2005

American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Annual Conference, Miami.  Featured debate on medication safety between Dr. Cohen and Dr. Robert Temple, a top drug expert at the FDA.  This was the fourth Cohen-Temple debate. 2004

Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego.  “Medications, Side Effects, and Patients’ Right of Informed Consent.” 2003

University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.  “Medications, Drug Marketing, and the quality of Medical Care.”  2007

National Public Radio, Morning Edition.  Dr. Cohen on “Serious, Unrecognized Side Effects of Cipro and Safer Treatments for Anthrax Exposure.” 2001

American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM), America’s largest organization of alternative physicians.  Annual Conference, Las Vegas.  “Medication Safety, Natural Alternatives, and the Importance of  Creating a Truly Integrative Medical System.” 2003

Drug Information Association, Annual Conference, San Antonio.  The third Cohen-Temple debate. 2003

University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.  “Lowering the high risk of adverse drug reactions in the elderly.”  2006

Kaiser Foundation, Positive Choice Wellness Center, San Diego.  “Magnesium in the Prevention and Treatment of Hypertension, Migraines, and Other Vascular Disorders.”  2003

March 2003: “Direct-To-Consumer” Pharmaceutical Industry Conference, Boston.  “Improved Medication Safety: Benefits for Patients, Doctors, Healthcare — and the Pharmaceutical Industry.”

Joint Meeting of Biomedical Librarian Groups of California, Arizona, and Nevada, Long Beach, CA.  “Better Information, Safer Medications.” 2005

Congress of California Seniors, San Diego.  Featured speakers included Dr. Cohen, the Governor of California, and the Attorney General. 2002.

NOTE TO READERS: The purpose of this E-Letter is solely informational and educational. The information herein should not be considered to be a substitute for the direct medical advice of your doctor, nor is it meant to encourage the diagnosis or treatment of any illness, disease, or other medical problem by laypersons. If you are under a physician’s care for any condition, he or she can advise you whether the information in this E-Letter is suitable for you. Readers should not make any changes in drugs, doses, or any other aspects of their medical treatment unless specifically directed to do so by their own doctors.