Month: October 2014

Embeda is a schedule II extended-release narcotic used for the management of severe pain that requires daily, around-the-clock treatment on a long-term basis. It contains extended-release morphine as well as the abuse deterrent naltrexone. The new formulation of Embeda has properties that are expected to reduce, but not totally prevent, abuse of the medication. Naltrexone is… 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 asthma maintenance inhalers from their national preferred formulary and… Read More

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used for the treatment of acute pain and chronic inflammatory and degenerative joint diseases. The long term use of NSAIDS is restricted by the occurrence of upper gastrointestinal (GI) complications such as ulcers and bleeding. Celebrex is a more selective NSAID which is marketed as having fewer GI side effects… Read More

We get lots of questions from folks who don’t understand how GoodRx works. Over the next few months, we’ll provide a few true stories of Americans who are fighting to afford their health care, and some of the ways that GoodRx is being used to help. Lauren counts herself lucky—she has a steady job at… Read More

It’s a blessing to have effective meds to control nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy. Now we have an even better choice and this may be one of the best new meds of the year. Is it possible to transform the awful experience of chemo into one that’s better tolerated? Let’s hope. Hot off the press… Read More

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Pain is complex, so there is no “one pill fits all” treatment. Hydrocodone is the most prescribed medication in the United States, also marketed in combination with acetaminophen (Tylenol) under the brand names Vicodin, Norco and Lortab. As of October 6, 2014, all drugs containing hydrocodone are schedule II drugs, and that means they are now much… Read More

The FDA recently approved Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir), a new combination oral medication for the treatment of hepatitis C that stops the replication of the virus. What is Harvoni? Harvoni 90 mg/400 mg tablets are a once-daily treatment that can be used without injectable pegylated interferon alpha (Pegintron, Pegasys) or oral ribavirin (Copegus, Ribasphere, Rebetol). Why is Harvoni different… Read More

We get lots of questions from folks who don’t understand how GoodRx works. 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. Louie is a member of Steven’s family. But not a son or daughter—he’s a dog. Specifically, he’s their… Read More

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Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is one of the most commonly used medications so you should know if it hurts your liver or kidneys. The short answer: acetaminophen is safe on the kidneys and may damage your liver, but only at high doses. Here is what you need to know. How much Tylenol can I take? Acetaminophen is… 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 make changes to the asthma rescue inhalers covered on… Read More