Month: April 2014

It’s that time of year: everyone around you is sneezing and blowing their nose thanks to the fresh grass and beautiful flowers that are beginning to bloom. Spring is a beautiful time, but it can turn ugly for those who are prone to seasonal allergies. Good news for this year though—there are several recently approved medications… Read More

If you have heart failure, you’ll live longer if you have a spouse around. That’s what we learned from a study presented at the annual meetings of the American College of Cardiology. Marital status plays an underappreciated role in heart failure prognosis. Having a life partner was associated with a 12% reduction in mortality or… Read More

Tanzeum (albiglutide) has just been approved by the FDA for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is intended to be used in combination with diet and exercise to help improve your blood sugar. How is Tanzeum used? Tanzeum is a once-weekly subcutaneous injection given in the abdomen, thigh, or upper arm region. What strengths and dosage form… Read More

I get asked this question a lot. In most cases, people’s guesses are over-estimates of what doctors make. With the Affordable Care Act and other changes coming our way, many doctors across the country feel their income will decrease. How much do doctors make anyway? Which specialists make the most money? Do they like their… Read More

As of April 16, 2014, the FDA has approved Xulane by Mylan Pharmaceuticals as a generic alternative for the Ortho Evra contraceptive patch. What is Ortho Evra (Xulane)? Xulane is a form of birth control indicated for the prevention of pregnancy. It is a topical patch that provides pregnancy prevention through skin absorption. How is this medication usually… Read More

a doctor's prescription pad

One of the bright new changes in pain medications over the last few years were two medications: Ultram (tramadol) and now Nucynta (tapentadol). These are different from Vicodin (hydrocodone/acetaminophen), Percocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen), and Tylenol #3 (codeine/acetaminophen) in many ways and are considered much “gentler.” So, is Nucynta better? Lets look. Ten points about Nucynta and Ultram you need to… Read More

Insomnia med Lunesta, first approved in 2004, is now available as generic eszopiclone! Eszopiclone received FDA approval as of April 15, 2014 and was launched this month, meaning you will be able to find it in your pharmacy soon (if it isn’t already there). What is Lunesta (eszopiclone)? Eszopiclone is a GABA agonist is indicated for the treatment… Read More

Do you have medications that you no longer take, and you don’t know what to do with them?  If so, this year’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is for you! Pharmacists are often asked how to get rid of unwanted or unused medications, and the National Take-Back Initiative is the answer to this increasingly popular question. This… Read More

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You’ve had surgery, you have a toothache, or you can’t move without severe back pain and Tylenol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen aren’t helping. What’s next? Conventionally, patients who have moderate to severe pain have been offered one of the opioid-nonopioid combination drugs, such as acetaminophen plus hydrocodone or oxycodone. Are they the same? What’s better? What… Read More

two prescription bottles with pills next to them

Just a few years ago, ADHD med Concerta (methylphenidate ER) received the okay from the FDA for a generic version, making the less expensive methylphenidate ER available as an alternative. However, you may or may not know that brand name Concerta has a very unique delivery system, OROS (Osmotic [Controlled] Release Oral [Delivery] System). This… Read More