Month: February 2015

Cosentyx (secukinumab), a new treatment for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults, was approved by the FDA in January 2015. It is expected to be available within five to twelve weeks. What is psoriasis? Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes the skin of an affected person to be red and irritated. The severity of… Read More

Like prescription drugs, there are an enormous variety of over-the-counter (OTC) medications available to treat all kinds of conditions. OTC medications range from vitamin and mineral supplements to emergency contraception and include everything in between. Also just like prescription drugs, OTC medications can be misused, abused, and even interfere with one another. Although OTC medications… Read More

Digoxin has been used for the treatment of atrial fibrillation and heart failure since the 70’s. Brand names of Digoxin include Lanoxin and Digitek and all work by inhibiting the sodium/potassium ATPase pump in heart cells which leads to increased contractility (squeeze). However, there are better options for treatment and new reasons for concern about… Read More

When an authorized generic is available, it means that the company making the brand name product has either made a deal and given their exact recipe to a company that specializes in authorized generic products, or made the generic product themselves to be distributed by another company. Will there be any differences between the brand medication… Read More

In the United States, lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that 28% of all deaths from cancer in the U.S. are from lung cancer. The average 5-year lung cancer survival is among the poorest of all cancers (17%) because sadly the majority of patients are diagnosed… Read More

You may be aware of the recent measles outbreaks that are taking parts of the country by storm. We are only halfway through the second month of 2015 and there have already been 121 cases reported in 17 states according to the CDC (as of February 6, 2015). The recent increase in cases of measles,… Read More

Levothyroxine is the best drug for the treatment of hypothyroidism. Almost 12% of women take lifelong thyroid replacement therapy in the form of the generic levothyroxine or the brand name Synthroid. The most common cause of hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid gland, is autoimmune thyroiditis. If you are taking your thyroid replacement and still just don’t… Read More

Our last article about Zohydro ER was an introduction to the first hydrocodone-ONLY capsule to hit the pharmacy shelves. Zohydro ER is prescribed to manage pain severe enough to need daily, around-the-clock, long-term treatment, where other therapy options do not work. However, Zohydro ER had A LOT of healthcare professionals up in arms when it… Read More

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have now passed medical marijuana laws, and four more have pending legislation to legalize medical marijuana. Meanwhile, the use of prescription opioid medications (hydrocodone, oxycodone) has increased as the number of Americans with chronic non-cancer pain has increased. With that, we have seen in the United States the… Read More

One pill is easier to take than two, right? Easier to remember, easier to swallow, and there’s evidence that some combination medications can more effectively control symptoms—prescriptions don’t work if you don’t take them. But what about cost? Some cheap generic combinations work well together to treat common conditions like high blood pressure, and taking… Read More