Month: November 2013

Voltaren 1% gel has a huge fan base, rightly so. Voltaren 1% gel (topical diclofenac) works as well as anti-inflammatory pills for hand and knee pain due to arthritis, with way fewer side effects. Let’s get this straight. Yep, results from 34 studies were reviewed and the topical anti-inflammatory Voltaren gel alleviated pain in the hands… Read More

Express Scripts and Caremark have removed certain medications from their formulary starting in January 2014. These companies handle prescription benefits for more than 200 million Americans, so your prescription coverage will likely be changing in the new year. We’re reviewing which prescriptions will no longer be covered and the suggested alternatives to give you a better picture… Read More

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) work well for the treatment of heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and gastric ulcers. Nexium, a brand name PPI not available as a generic, made over 6 billion dollars this past year with so many of you paying big money for it. Why pay for Nexium? Proton pump inhibitors are available… Read More

Express Scripts and Caremark have removed certain medications from their formulary starting in January 2014. These companies handle prescription benefits for more than 200 million Americans, so your prescription coverage will likely be changing in the new year. We’re reviewing which prescriptions will no longer be covered and the suggested alternatives to give you a better picture… Read More

Antibiotic resistance is a big problem. You’ve all heard about Methicillin-Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA) causing skin and soft tissue infections but now there is a growing group of resistant bacteria. What this means is many folks may face treatment with an intravenous antibiotic or older more toxic antibiotic to treat common infections like E. Coli… Read More

Guidelines change the way we practice medicine. This is a good thing because sweeping guidelines are based on interpretations of years of good strong studies. The new cholesterol guidelines place the burden of lowering LDL cholesterol on statin drugs because they work. Lowering LDL cholesterol is now not just about chasing a number (70, 100,… Read More

For the first time in a decade, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have made new recommendations for who we treat with statins for high cholesterol and toward what goal. The new guidelines are different. Here is what you need to know:  •  Gone are the recommended LDL cholesterol… Read More

Express Scripts and Caremark have removed certain medications from their formulary starting in January 2014. These companies handle prescription benefits for more than 200 million Americans, so your prescription coverage will likely be changing in the new year. We’re reviewing which prescriptions will no longer be covered and the suggested alternatives to give you a better picture… Read More

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Have you been recently diagnosed with diabetes, or perhaps you are a long-time diabetic in need of a meter upgrade? Look no further—listed below are popular diabetic supply manufacturers and what THEY can offer YOU for FREE (or at a low cost)! Most manufacturers are willing to give away blood glucose testing meters with the… Read More

The Lansing State Journal is reporting that the Michigan Senate has just approved a bill allowing pharmacies within the state to dispense medical marijuana to patients. The bill would treat marijuana as a Schedule 2 controlled substance. Many popular drugs, including Adderall and other drugs for ADHD, already have this classification. Currently, marijuana is considered… Read More