What is Anemia?

Anemia is a condition in which there is low red blood cell count in the body. Red blood cells carry oxygen to different parts of the body. Symptoms of anemia include irritability, fatigue, headaches, pale skin, brittle nails, shortness of breath and difficulty concentrating.

Treatments for anemia include injections and taking supplements. Common drug classes used to treat anemia include folate analogues, multivitamin and mineral supplements, iron supplements, and erythropoiesis-stimulating agents.

Savings Tips for Anemia

  • Could Your HbA1c Diabetes Test Be Wrong?

    November 14, 2017

    A glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) is a preferred screening test for diabetes. Done easily with a fingerstick in your physician’s office, it eliminates the need for fasting (not eating) prior to the test. The diagnosis of diabetes is confirmed if two consecutive A1c levels are greater than or equal to 6.5.

    What is the HbA1c?

    Red blood cells are permeable to glucose (sugar)—so after they enter your circulation, glucose becomes attached to them. See More

  • 40+ Brand-Name Drugs Dropped By Insurance in 2015

    August 20, 2014

    For many Americans with health insurance, more than 40 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2015. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handle pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing over 40 drugs from their formularies at the end of 2014. This is in addition to the more than 50 drugs removed last year.

    What are Express Scripts and Caremark?

    Express Scripts and Caremark are companies that administer prescription drug benefits for many health insurance companies and Tricare. See More

  • Recall: Soliris

    June 09, 2014

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals has announced a voluntary recall for several lots of Soliris (eculizumab) due to visible particles in the 300 mg/30 mL (10 mg/mL) concentrated solution for intravenous infusion.

    Soliris is a specialty drug use to treat two rare conditions: paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS).

    The particles have only been found in one lot, 10007A, however, Alexion is including several other lots where the vials were filled with the same components. See More

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Popular Anemia Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Folate Analogues 6 See Prices
Iron Supplements 8 See Prices
Iron Supplements 7 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Anemia Drug Classes

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