Month: November 2012

Open Enrollment? Part D? Doughnut hole? Patients come in to the office with pages and pages of printouts asking for advice about their prescription drug plan among other things. Truth is physicians are terrible at this as are many family members of Medicare recipients. Here are some of the basics, broken down Gangnam style. 1…. Read More

Beware of online pharmacies. Surprisingly, one–fourth of consumers buy prescription drugs online. Fraudulent and illegal online pharmacies offer deeply discounted products so it’s tempting to buy your medications without a prescription and at a cheaper price. But wait until you see the real deal. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took action this week against… Read More

The buzz around Pradaxa has deflated a bit with reports of bleeding risks. Pradaxa (dabigatran) changes the body’s clotting system and thins the blood to prevent clots from forming. Pradaxa is exciting because it is a good alternative to warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation. Warfarin (Coumadin), unlike Pradaxa, requires serial blood tests to check… Read More

Better than Accutane? Yes, a new pill will be hitting the market that works better for acne than Accutane. Absorica (isotretinoin) is a retinoid capsule that dermatologists in the U.S. think will be a game changer in terms of improving acne and preventing relapse. Why are dermatologists and primary care doctors excited? Absorica is more… Read More

assortment of medicines

Nail fungus is common and there are good treatments out there but you need to be patient. Nail changes are SLOW and improvement will continue after you stop your medication so hang in there. Here are the medications and treatments that do actually work for nail fungus. Pills: The best pill for nail fungus is… Read More

It has been known for more than 15 years that Propecia (finasteride) at 1 mg/day is an effective treatment for male pattern hair loss. The huge bummer was that 12 years ago Propecia was found to be ineffective for female pattern hair loss. Well, some researchers didn’t give up on finasteride. As mentioned in my… Read More