The latest updates on prescription drugs and ways to save from the GoodRx medical team

Happy Thanksgiving from GoodRx

by Elizabeth Davis on November 25, 2015 at 12:05 pm

It’s a good time of year to reflect on all we have to be thankful for. At GoodRx, we want to thank you for believing in us and our mission to provide affordable healthcare to all Americans.

We also want to tell you how thankful we are to have the opportunity to help you—not just in saving money, but getting the prescriptions you need. It means so much to us every time we hear that you were able to fill a prescription you otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford.

Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving!

New Diabetes Supply Prices Now on GoodRx

by Elizabeth Davis on November 23, 2015 at 2:34 pm

You can now find and compare diabetes supplies on GoodRx! Do a search now to see prices for glucose test strips and meters, control solution, syringes and lancets, and more.

As you may already know, shopping around online will typically get you a lower price than what you’ll find walking in to your local pharmacy.

To make it even easier to get the most savings, you can now order discounted supplies directly from Total Diabetes Supply—in addition to the low prices already on GoodRx.

Total Diabetes Supply ships to all US states and territories, and offers fast shipping (for free over $99). Check out their competitive prices on all of your preferred brand-name diabetic supplies.

We’re continuing to expand our selection of diabetes supplies, so check back in the coming weeks for more new additions!

Generic Asacol HD Still Waiting on FDA Approval

by The GoodRx Pharmacist on November 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Asacol HD (mesalamine delayed-released) is an anti-inflammatory indicated for the treatment of moderately active ulcerative colitis in adults. After regular Asacol was discontinued in 2013, you may have switched to Asacol HD or Delzicol—and been left waiting for a generic alternative.

A couple of years later, a generic for Asacol HD was finally set for launch on November 15, 2015. However, the launch didn’t happen, and there is now no current estimate for the new launch date.

Delays at a manufacturing facility in Moraiya, India are thought to be the cause. There have even been some rumors that the facility may not be cleared to make the generic before the end of the fiscal year. The delayed launch has caused generic manufacturer Cadila Health’s stock to plummet by as much as 4%.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re waiting for a generic mesalamine tablet.

How is Asacol HD used?

The recommended dose of Asacol HD is two 800 mg tablets taken three times daily.

When was generic Asacol HD (mesalamine delayed-release) supposed to be launched?

The Asacol HD generic was scheduled for launch on November 15, 2015.

When will generic Asacol HD be available now?

At this time there is no information on when the generic for Asacol HD will be available.

I take Asacol HD and I’ve been waiting on the generic. Now what?

If you take Asacol HD and were anticipating the launch of the generic product this month, unfortunately there aren’t many options but to continue waiting for the FDA approval.

If you need help affording your prescription, Asacol HD also offers a savings card that can reduce your cost to $30 per fill if you qualify.

Belbuca Approved to Treat Severe Pain

by The GoodRx Pharmacist on November 19, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Pain can be very subjective, ranging from mild to severe, and it can be felt differently from person to person. When it comes to severe or chronic pain though, it can be debilitating and negatively impact your quality of life. Everyday tasks like walking to the mailbox or cooking dinner can be difficult for a person with severe pain.

Belbuca (buprenorphine), an option for this kind of chronic pain, was approved by the FDA on October 26, 2015. It is the newest drug approved to help with pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock treatment.

In what forms and dosages will Belbuca be available?
Belbuca will be available as a buccal film in the several strengths: 75 mcg, 150 mcg, 300 mcg, 450 mcg, 600 mcg, 750 mcg, and 900 mcg.

A buccal film is a thin film that sticks to the inside of your cheek and dissolves to deliver the medication over time.

How is Belbuca used?

The recommended dose of Belbuca will be different from person to person. Your doctor will set your dose based on your condition and according to opioid tolerance. Regardless of your dose, you’ll apply a new Belbuca film to the inside of your cheek every 12 hours.

Are there any other buccal film medications?

Yes. Some examples of other drugs that are currently (or will be) available in a buccal film include Bunavail for opioid dependence and Onsolis, another pain medication that should be in pharmacies in 2016.

When will Belbuca be in pharmacies?

According to this press release from the manufacturer, Belbuca is expected to become available in early 2016.

What are the side effects associated with Belbuca?

The most common side effects include nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, drowsiness, diarrhea, dry mouth, and upper respiratory infection.

Want more information?

Check out the manufacturer website here.

Do Energy Drinks Raise Blood Pressure?

by Dr. Sharon Orrange on November 18, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Energy drinks with huge amounts of caffeine are everywhere: Red Bull, Rockstar, Monster Energy, Full Throttle, and more. They aren’t just loaded with caffeine. These drinks also contain sugar, dyes, preservatives, amino acids, vitamins and sometimes herbs, which may be why the caffeine in energy drinks is thought to cause more harm than it does from coffee. They also tend to be consumed more quickly.
So are energy drinks getting a bad rap or is the concern legit? Well, a new JAMA study found that Rockstar raised blood pressure, and the results are impressive.
What did the study show?

  • The upshot: Researchers documented a significant increase in blood pressure and catecholamines in a group of young, healthy adults who consumed one can of Rockstar.
  • How do we know? Multiple measurements were taken 30 minutes after folks drank the Rockstar. Consuming one 480 ml can of Rockstar energy drink, which contains 240 mg of caffeine, increased systolic (the first number of your blood pressure) blood pressure 6.2% and diastolic blood pressure (the second number of your blood pressure) by 6.8%. Just from one can!
  • Adrenaline (norepinephrine) levels were also significantly affected after drinking Rockstar—they increased a whopping 73.6%.

Do the other energy drinks do the same? Probably. More studies are needed, but this is food for thought for sure.
Dr O.

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