Month: January 2012

Update: The oxybutynin 3% gel was released in spring 2012, under the name Gelnique instead of Anturol. The FDA has just approved the first topical gel for the treatment of overactive bladder (OAB) and this could bring relief for those experiencing side effects from the current oral medications. A topical oxybutynin 3% gel called Anturol will… Read More

Whether you take atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), or Crestor (rosuvastatin), most statin medications—used for lowering cholesterol—have a very similar risk and benefit profile. Almost one in four Americans now take a statin, so many of you may have questions about a new or existing prescription. Here are the answers to the most common questions I am asked… Read More

Three to four years ago those of us in primary care started to see more and more of our adult and elderly patients on Risperdal (risperidone) for many different uses. As it turns out, the drug company making that drug, Johnson and Johnson, will now be paying $158 million to settle claims that it inappropriately marketed Risperdal… Read More

A new combination pill targeted at diabetes and cholesterol is hitting the market and you will be hearing about it. Juvisync is a combination medication that contains two previously approved medicines: the generic cholesterol medication simvastatin, and Januvia (sitagliptin) a diabetes medication. What are the upsides of Juvisync? 1) First off, you kill two birds… Read More

Is the generic the same as the brand name? What standards do generic drugs have to meet? Doctors and patients alike need to feel assured that the generic prescribed is equivalent to the brand name. So, what exactly does that mean? FDA-approved generic drugs have to meet the same rigid standards as the innovator drug (the… Read More

In this economy people wonder what to do if they can’t afford their medications. First off, if you can’t afford your medicines talk to your doctor or pharmacist, but do not skip doses in an effort to save money. Here are some important ways to lower the cost of your medications: 1) Ask for generic… Read More