Between the supplies, the physician visits, and the prescription medications, treating diabetes can be expensive. In fact, the average patient spends an average of $7,900 per year to treat their diabetes. Doctors consistently report that the high costs for diabetes medications can result in low levels of adherence, so it is important for patients to find ways to save.
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When you drop off your medications at a pharmacy you may notice that the technician, intern, or pharmacist who greets you and takes your prescriptions may also ask you for an updated list of your allergies.
I have seen some patients annoyed by this life-saving question, while others seem to blow it off. Some of the remarks I have heard include, “It’s on file, I told you last time,” to “You don’t need to know this information. See More
Approximately 29 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes, and of those, one out of four don’t know they have it. With so many affected by diabetes, the costs associated with it are a growing problem. More than 1 in 10 health care dollars in the U.S. are spent directly on diabetes and its complications. As of 2012, the total healthcare costs for diagnosed diabetes in the U. See More
On November 14, 1991, the first ever World Diabetes Day was born! For over 20 years now people have been coming together on November 14 to raise diabetes awareness and collect supplies for patients in need.
World Diabetes Day is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and became recognized as an official United Nations Day seven years ago, in 2007.
Each year a new theme is chosen to reflect the issues that are affecting the diabetic community. See More
In a non-diabetic person, insulin is released from the pancreas with each meal and it helps the body either use or store the glucose it gets from the food. Patients who have type I diabetes don’t produce insulin, and must inject themselves with insulin to mimic the body’s natural process.
Type II diabetics, on the other hand, still produce insulin but their bodies do not use it properly. Type II diabetics can be treated with oral medications, insulin, other injectables, or a combination of different medications. See More
Older is not always better when it comes to diabetes medications. The class of diabetes medications called sulfonylureas consists of old standard drugs like glyburide, glipizide, and Amaryl (glimepiride), and they aren’t as good as the new stuff.
Invokana (canaglifozin) is now readily available at most pharmacies after receiving approval for the treatment of type 2 diabetes earlier this year. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Invokana?
Type 2 diabetes leads to elevated levels of glucose in the blood, because of the inability of your body either to make enough insulin or because your cells cannot use it properly. Invokana is a novel drug that works by blocking glucose from being reabsorbed by the kidney. See More
What are the most dangerous medications? Results from a recent study highlight four drugs that are responsible for a shocking number of negative effects. Data from 2007 – 2009 shows that these four drugs were involved in more than two-thirds of the hospitalizations of older patients for harmful drug reactions and incidents.
Researchers looked at emergency hospitalizations of adults aged 65 years and older that were attributed to the use of a drug, or a drug-specific adverse effect. See More