Month: September 2014

Invokana (canagliflozin) is one of the new oral medications for adult onset diabetes. It’s expensive but has many upsides. Taken usually in combination with metformin it is a rising star in the treatment of diabetes. Here is what you need to know to help you decide: worth it or not? Invokana is taken as a 100… Read More

As 2014 comes to a close, we should be thinking about what to expect for 2015. The start of a new year is a time for new challenges, new goals, and inevitably, a new prescription formulary. What does this mean for you? Express Scripts and Caremark have decided to remove certain ear, nose, and throat (ENT) drugs for allergies and… Read More

Trulicity (dulaglutide) is a new once-weekly injection approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, in combination with diet and exercise. It was approved by the FDA on September 18, 2014. When will Trulicity be available? According to the manufacturer, Eli Lilly and Company, the anticipated availability date for Trulicity is later this year. What are… Read More

The most frequently performed eye surgery in the United States is cataract surgery. After your cataract procedure your doctor will prescribe you several eye drops with the goal of suppressing inflammation and improving pain. Well, those drops may also cost you an arm and a leg. Here is what you need to know. You may… Read More

We get lots of questions from folks who don’t understand how GoodRx works or how it can help them. Over the next few months, we’ll provide a few short examples from Americans who have used GoodRx to understand and control their healthcare costs. Marie, a woman who lives in Texas, experienced her first migraine at… Read More

Many folks with cancer in the United States have a chemotherapy option their insurance won’t pay for, or a copayment they can’t afford. The American Society of Clinical Oncology released a report in 2014 outlining the threat of the high cost of treatment to cancer care in America. What’s going on here? Cancer drugs are… Read More

Movantik (naloxegol) is a new drug for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation in adult with chronic non-cancer pain—basically, it’s used to prevent constipation when you’re prescribed an opioid for pain relief. It was approved by the FDA on September 16, 2014, and should be available in the first half of 2015. Why does a medication like… Read More

A 2014 comes to a close, we should be thinking about what to expect for 2015. The start of a new year is a time for new challenges, new goals, and inevitably, a new prescription formulary. What does this mean for you? Express Scripts has actually decided to add a medication back to their national preferred formulary. When it comes… Read More

It’s time to get your flu shot! Fortunately, there are many places to get vaccinated and no matter how you feel about shots, it should be relatively painless for your wallet. Here are some options to help you find a convenient and low-cost flu shot. Local Pharmacies Pharmacists can administer the flu vaccine and advise you on… Read More

Do we have better meds for weight loss now? September brought news of two new weight loss medications, Contrave and Saxenda. Funny thing is both of them are drugs used for other indications, now approved for weight loss. So these meds have been around, in one form or another. These two will join Belviq, Qsymia,… Read More