Month: January 2014

You may worry it’s a tremor from Parkinsons, but often it’s not. Essential tremor (ET) is the most common tremor disorder in adults and often affects patients’ ability to write and eat. The head and voice are commonly affected, and many of you remember Katherine Hepburn’s essential tremor as the classic example. Once your doctor… Read More

First, let’s talk about what makes Glynase and Diabeta similar. Both of these medications are used in type 2 diabetes to improve glycemic control and lower blood sugar levels, both are 2nd generation drugs in the sulfonylurea class and work by telling the pancreas to release more insulin, and both have a form of glyburide… Read More

Good news for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients taking Copaxone (glatiramer acetate)—the FDA has approved a new three-times-weekly dose. The new dose will still be a subcutaneous injection, but will have a higher concentration at 40 mg/ml. Copaxone is currently available as 20 mg/ml injection, taken once daily. The new strength is approved in addition to… Read More

Patients not taking their medications properly, noncompliance, is a complex issue with huge repercussions. For more information on the effects, see my previous post, The Epidemic of Noncompliance. Reasons for not taking medications vary from patient to patient but the pattern for years has been that folks who are the most noncompliant are those who… Read More

Help physicians understand why patients, particularly with chronic conditions, don’t take their medications as prescribed. We know from surveys of doctors from coast to coast that we all feel frustrated by it, and ⅓ of doctors say it affects their ability to provide optimal care. Why should you take your medications? As our former Surgeon… Read More

The FDA has prohibited generic drug maker Ranbaxy from making and selling pharmaceutical products for the US market from its facility in Toansa, India, “to prevent substandard quality products from reaching US consumers,” according to the director of the FDA’s Office of Compliance. The decision was made after an inspection of the facility in question… Read More

When certain medications come along that may transform the way we treat common conditions, like osteoporosis, you should know about it. So, what is this new injection for osteoporosis? Prolia (denosumab) is an injection given every 6 months for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. Here is what you need to know about the injection… Read More

Missing Loestrin 24 Fe? Good news—the FDA has approved a generic version of the discontinued birth control med, and it’s now available as Lomedia 24 Fe. What happened to brand name Loestrin 24 Fe? Loestrin 24 Fe was discontinued by the manufacturer and replaced by the chewable Minastrin 24 Fe. What are the ingredients of… Read More

Update 2/11/14: Walgreens has extended their program through April 15, due to the March 31 enrollment deadline. If you’ve enrolled in coverage via the health insurance marketplaces, but haven’t received your insurance cards yet, several pharmacies are offering deals on prescriptions in January. Walmart, Rite Aid, Kroger, Walgreens, CVS, Bi-Lo, Winn-Dixie, and others are all offering… Read More

General Overview What has been discontinued? All prescription drug products with more than 325 mg of acetaminophen (also known as APAP or paracetamol, and the active ingredient in Tylenol). The FDA has asked that manufacturers limit the amount of acetaminophen in these products to 325 mg to prevent liver injury from overdose. Some examples of… Read More