Month: September 2015

If you’ve been following the news, huge price increases on necessary drugs like Daraprim and cycloserine may seem unusual—they both dropped in price again once people noticed and complained, right? The unfortunate reality as that price increases happen in the pharmaceutical industry day-in and day-out. While the majority aren’t quite as dramatic as the Daraprim price hike,… Read More

Studies show that Alzheimer Disease is feared more than any other medical condition in people over 55, even cancer. It’s normal to be concerned if you find your memory is not as good as it used to be as you get older. You may wonder: is this normal memory loss or do you have Alzheimer Disease… Read More

Flu season is officially underway, and it’s time to get vaccinated if you haven’t already. You need to know where to go to get your flu shot, and—more importantly—how to make sure you don’t overpay. Did you know that flu shots can cost anywhere from $0 (yes, free) to $50 or more? The importance of… Read More

Price increases on previously affordable medications is a familiar, though unwelcome, practice from the pharmaceutical industry. Recently though, aggressive price hikes have sparked outrage, even attracting the attention of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. So where exactly do things stand with Daraprim (pyrimethamine), Seromycin (cycloserine), and the others? Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing… Read More

clipboard with health insurance on it

“I don’t need to worry about drug prices; I have insurance!” At GoodRx, we hear people say this all the time. After all, isn’t that what health insurance is for? You pay your premium and then insurance pays for your medical bills. Right? If you use GoodRx, you probably already know that prescription drug insurance… Read More

Good news! In a just-published study, Jardiance (empagliflozin) for type 2 diabetes has been shown to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease. The results are impressive. Comparing Jardiance to a placebo, the study showed a 38% reduction in the risk of death from a cardiovascular cause (3.7% with Jardiance vs 5.9% with placebo). Jardiance was also… Read More

Macrobid and Macrodantin look alike and sound alike—down to having almost the same active ingredient. They’re both used to treat urinary tract infections, but there are a few key differences you may want to keep in mind. Macrobid has its daily dosing schedule right in its name—it’s taken 2 times daily (sometimes abbreviated BID on a… Read More

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is way more common than you might think—it affects half of men over 40. While there are many detailed tests available to diagnose ED, most cases can be picked up during a visit with the doctor with two questions: “How’s your sex life? Everything working all right?” Here are ten other things that… Read More

The FDA has issued a safety announcement for Brintellix (vortioxetine) and Brilinta (ticagrelor)—two medications with very similar names and appearances. A look-alike-sound-alike medication, or LASA for short, is a medication that can be easily confused with another similar drug. Brintellix and Brilinta are a perfect example of LASA medications. Even though they look and sound alike, Brintellix… Read More

If you work the night shift and struggle to stay awake, or if you have daytime sleepiness from sleep apnea or other sleep disorders, you may have wondered if a medication can help you feel more alert. For excessive daytime sleepiness, Provigil and Nuvigil are first-line treatments. Provigil (the generic is modafinil) and Nuvigil are non-stimulant medications—but what does… Read More