Month: April 2015

Joint pain from arthritis, an injury, or overuse often requires the use of anti-inflammatory medications. Many people hate taking pills by mouth because they can be hard on the stomach and kidneys. But do the topical options work? What are your options and which is the best? Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) topical options: In the United States,… Read More

With so many different insulin and insulin-like products out there these days it can be hard to keep track of when your vial should be tossed. Depending on your dose, you may still have insulin left in your vial by the manufacturer-recommended time to throw it away. If this sounds like a familiar situation, know… Read More

Patients often come in with small white (hypo-pigmented) patches on their upper arms wondering what to do about it. Ask for help, because you will need to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment—most treatment options are prescription only. It’s easy to get rid of though, so here you go. What is it? Tinea versicolor… Read More

Hidden ingredients or substances not listed on the labels of unregulated muscle-building supplements can be risky. A new study in the British Journal of Cancer found out how risky, and turns out, for testicular cancer it’s impressive. This matters because use of muscle-building supplements is increasing among younger men and rakes in billions of dollars…. Read More

You may already know that, like many pharmacies, Sam’s Club offers a selection of generic medications at $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply—the same savings available at Walmart pharmacies. And you don’t need to be a member to take advantage of the savings or to fill a prescription at a Sam’s… Read More

Several years ago when I was first starting out as an intern in the retail pharmacy setting, Exubera, an inhaled insulin, was collecting dust on our shelf. The idea of inhaled insulin sounded great, especially for people who had a phobia of using needles for injection. A few years back there weren’t even as many… Read More

Sitting is bad, you knew that—but recent studies have confirmed that prolonged sitting is a risk factor for chronic disease. This includes heart disease, which cost the US almost $109 billion in 2010 alone according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including medications and other health care. What has also been revealed… Read More

Savaysa (edoxaban) is an anti-clotting medication indicated for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), and nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). It was approved by the FDA on January 8, 2015, and is now available in pharmacies. What are deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and nonvalvular atrial fibrillation? Deep vein thrombosis is a blood… Read More

a doctor's prescription pad

Candida albicans is responsible for most vaginal yeast infections. Considered part of the normal vaginal flora, overgrowth of Candida can result in what we call vulvovaginitis, aka a “yeast infection.” Vaginal itching, burning and soreness along with redness are the classic symptoms, and if discharge is present it is classically white, thick and clumpy with… Read More

As you may know from experience, or from one of our previous articles on changes in coverage in 2014 or 2015, it’s typical for prescription benefit managers (PBMs) to exclude medications from their national preferred formularies each year. These may be brands that have generics available, or generally expensive medications where your plan feels a cheaper alternative may… Read More