Month: November 2014

You may have noticed more medications available in the store that used to require a prescription—and the newest prescription med to make the switch is Flonase (fluticasone propionate) allergy relief nasal spray. It is important to know that before the status any medication can be changed from prescription-only to OTC, the FDA requires an evaluation for both safety and efficacy. Some other medications… Read More

When I read criticisms of doctors prescribing expensive medications that might not benefit patients at all, I think of Zetia (ezetimibe) as the poster child. News came out last week after the IMPROVE-IT trial that seemed to pump it up, but what we learned from this large trial may surprise you and let you down… Read More

After a long wait, generic Valcyte (valganciclovir) has been approved and will be available soon! For more information on why the generic was delayed, see our previous post here. Valcyte is used for the prevention and treatment of cytomegalovirus (CMV). CMV is a common virus related to the family of viruses that cause chickenpox, herpes… Read More

It’s been a quiet influenza season so far—very quiet. It’s November and Los Angeles, for example, has seen almost no flu activity. This is good but failing to prepare may mean preparing to fail so though we are inundated with info about the flu, here are 10 flu facts you may not know: During the… Read More

Approximately 29 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes, and of those, one out of four don’t know they have it. With so many affected by diabetes, the costs associated with it are a growing problem. More than 1 in 10 health care dollars in the U.S. are spent directly on… Read More

Each year, the Great American Smokeout takes place on the third Thursday of November, sponsored by The American Cancer Society. This year’s Smokeout is on November 20, 2014! The first Great American Smokeout took place at Union Square in San Francisco, California on November 16, 1977 and it has successfully continued for 39 years and counting. The goal is to… Read More

Estring, Premarin cream or Vagifem: which is better? Without estrogen replacement, one third of women experience symptoms of atrophic vaginitis including dryness, irritation, itching and pain during sex. All vaginal estrogens have been shown to relieve these symptoms and improve quality of life for these women. In addition, vaginal estrogen therapy has been shown to… Read More

Patanase (olopatadine) is a nasal spray for the treatment of the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies or hay fever) in patients ages 6 and older. How are Patanase and olopatadine prescribed? Patanase and generic olopatadine nasal sprays come in 30.5g containers, with 240 metered sprays per container. Each dose (spray) contains 665 mcg… Read More

Have you heard of a high-deductible health insurance plan? If not, you probably will soon. This year, more than 17 million Americans were covered by high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). HDHPs are rapidly becoming the most popular form of health insurance offered by employers: in 2015, almost one-third of large employers plan to offer HDHPs as… Read More

On November 14, 1991, the first ever World Diabetes Day was born! For over 20 years now people have been coming together on November 14 to raise diabetes awareness and collect supplies for patients in need. World Diabetes Day is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and became recognized as an official United Nations Day… Read More