Month: July 2015

While the effectiveness of any mental health medication varies from person to person, newly approved Rexulti is now available as another option—both for the treatment of schizophrenia, and as an additional tool to work with antidepressants. Rexulti was approved by the FDA on July 13, 2015, and according to the manufacturer, it should be available in… Read More

Update August 2015: Praluent (alirocumab) and Repatha (evolocumab) have both been approved by the FDA. See more information here. If you have high cholesterol you likely take a statin medication (atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), Crestor) to help you manage it. Statins have been the mainstay of treatment for high cholesterol since their initial approval in the late 1980s—and recent… Read More

Manufacturer Wockhardt has issued a voluntary recall of four lots of generic lisinopril (Zestril, Prinivil), an ACE inhibitor used to help lower blood pressure and treat heart failure. This is a class II recall, the most common type of recall, which means that there is a situation where use of the recalled medication may cause temporary or… Read More

There are 8 million new cases of Alzheimer disease (AD) each year—and while new headlines appear every week about potential cures, it may discourage you to know that many recent AD trials have been unsuccessful, though not for a lack of trying. In fact, there have been no new medication approvals for this currently untreatable disease in… Read More

Though there are other treatments available to help manage symptoms, cystic fibrosis does not currently have a cure. That’s part of what makes Orkambi (ivacaftor/lumacaftor) exciting—this new medication targets the two defective genes that are the underlying cause of the disease. Now, after receiving FDA approval on July 2, 2015, Orkambi is available in pharmacies. What… Read More

Statins are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world for a reason: they can lower your LDL cholesterol (the “bad cholesterol”) by 20 – 60%. Statins are also helpful for the prevention of heart disease in some people with high cholesterol. Popular statin medications include generic atorvastatin (Lipitor) and simvastatin (Zocor) and brand-name Crestor and Livalo. Time with… Read More

After a long, complicated path, Alzheimers prescription Namenda finally has a generic in the form of memantine. Memantine is now in pharmacies—though for a while it looked like there might never be a generic Namenda at all. First came the announcement in 2014 that Forest Pharmaceuticals was discontinuing Namenda and replacing it with Namenda XR. Why the discontinuation?… Read More

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It’s a question that comes up a lot: Is it safe to take acetaminophen with ibuprofen? Yes, you can take them together, and in fact they even work better in combination than separately. Several large studies have shown that ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) together work well to relieve pain, with few side effects. In… Read More

This week the governor of Oregon signed a bill that will allow women 18 and older to receive birth control at their local pharmacy without needing prescription from a doctor. Effective January 1, 2016, Oregon pharmacists will be able to prescribe and dispense oral (pills) and topical (patches) birth control to patients 18 years of… Read More

Update July 2015: The FDA is strengthening the existing black box warning on all prescription and over-the-counter NSAIDs. The current warning has been in place since 2005, but based on a recent review, the labeling will be updated with new information and stronger language. You should know that there is greater risk at higher doses, and there… Read More