Month: October 2015

Over the past several years many medications that once required a prescription can now easily be obtained in the aisles of your pharmacy or grocery store. You may be familiar with allergy meds like Claritin, Zyrtec, and Allegra, or heartburn drugs like Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium. All are now available exclusively over-the-counter, or have both OTC and… Read More

Praxbind (idarucizumab) was approved on October 16, 2015 as the first drug to reverse the effects of one of the newer blood thinning medications, Pradaxa (dabigatran). You may be prescribed a blood thinner for various reasons, including blood clot, heart attack, or stroke. Coumadin (warfarin or Jantoven) is a common “first-line” blood thinner. It’s been around for… Read More

Miacalcin and Fortical have very similar active ingredients, and are both used to treat osteoporosis. However, they are two different drugs and can’t be substituted for each other. Here are the 5 major differences: Approved uses. Miacalcin (calcitonin salmon) is approved by the FDA to treat Paget’s disease, hypercalcemia, and postmenopausal osteoporosis. Fortical (calcitonin salmon,… Read More

Calcium is good for your bones right? Well, the science on calcium supplements and dietary calcium just got fuzzier—and it was already pretty fuzzy. Osteoporosis is a decrease in bone mass that occurs because, after the age of 30, we resorb bone but don’t make any new. Unlike pain and stiffness from osteoarthritis, osteoporosis doesn’t… Read More

There have been several new insulin products approved over the past year, including Toujeo, Humalog U-200, Afrezza—and now Tresiba and Ryzodeg. The other recent insulin approvals are what I like to call spin-off insulin products. For example, Toujeo has the same type of insulin as Lantus (insulin glargine), but is more concentrated. Humalog U-200 is… Read More

Generic Avodart (dutasteride) was approved by the FDA on October 12, 2015, and is coming soon to your local pharmacy! Dutasteride is use to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is a very common condition in men that can cause difficulty when urinating. It involves an abnormal enlargement of the prostate that is not caused by… Read More

Is the cost of presentee-ism as high as absenteeism? Presentee-ism refers to workers who are on the job but not fully functioning because of illness. More importantly, it helps spread any sickness already going around the office. As cold and flu season approaches you will inevitably be exposed to a coworker who shouldn’t be at work… Read More

Did you know that more than 80 percent of prescriptions are filled with generic drugs? Generics are just as effective and safe as their brand-name counterparts, but since they generally cost substantially less, they save consumers an estimated $8 to $10 billion a year.  Yet according to a recent survey from Consumer Reports, four in… Read More

Aristada (aripiprazole lauroxil) was approved by the FDA for the treatment of schizophrenia on October 5, 2015, and should be available soon. What should I know about schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a treatable mental illness, however, it can be disabling and interfere with daily life. It affects around 1% of the population in the United States… Read More

As of September 15, 2015 Merck announced that its steroid nasal spray, Nasonex (mometasone furoate), will be out of stock for the next few months. Nasonex is only available as a brand-name product. Since no other brand or generic manufacturers are currently allowed to make it, the shortage will almost definitely affect you if you… Read More