Month: February 2016

Gonal-F (follitropin alfa) is a hormone and fertility medicine from manufacturer Serono that stimulates egg production in the ovary. In general, the higher the dose, the more eggs are stimulated to grow. Gonal-F comes in two forms: a cartridge (450 IU, and 1050 IU) that fits in to an easy-to-use pen, and a 75 IU vial… Read More

In December 2015, Ventolin HFA (albuterol) inhalers were recalled. The reason for the recall: there were a small number of canisters that did not have enough propellant—meaning the inhalers wouldn’t deliver the full 200 puffs the labeling promises. See this announcement from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) regarding the Ventolin HFA shortage. Which manufacturer and strengths are affected? The… Read More

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A new combination pill is available that will save lives from heart failure. Entresto has been shown to reduce hospitalizations and save lives from heart failure in certain patients. Entresto is a promising pill that is a mixture of old and new—here’s what you need to know. Entresto, just approved in July, is a mixture of… Read More

Fertility treatment can be confusing—and expensive, whether you have insurance or not. You may be prescribed several different types of drugs, and they can vary based on the type of treatment you’re receiving. Progesterone, a natural hormone essential for pregnancy, is one type of medication used in fertility treatments. Examples include progesterone injections (also known… Read More

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So you’ve used GoodRx to compare prices on your prescription, and you found a less expensive pharmacy. But transferring your prescription is a pain, right? It’s actually easier than you may think! Generally, your new pharmacy will want to make the transfer as smooth as possible—and there are a few things you can to do keep things simple:… Read More

Basaglar (insulin glargine) is the newest brand of long-acting insulin to hit the market. It shares its active ingredient (insulin glargine) with Lantus, but is not a generic equivalent and the two can’t be substituted for each other. Long-acting insulin like Basaglar (also sometimes referred to as basal insulin) are used to keep blood glucose… Read More

Only a third of people who have acute back pain see their doctor. In some ways this is good news—it implies that most improve on their own. If you have new onset back pain, (that you’ve been experiencing for less than 4 weeks), here some OTC and prescription medication options that can help you. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs… Read More

Fertility treatment can be confusing— and expensive, whether you have insurance or not. You may be prescribed several different types of drugs, and they can vary based on the type of treatment you’re receiving. Gondadotropin-releasing hormone antagonists (GnRH antagonists) are one type of medication used in fertility treatments—examples include Ganirelix (ganirelix acetate) or Cetrotide (cetrorelix). Specifically,… Read More

In 2016, 1,685,210 new cases of cancer are projected to occur in the United States. Hard to believe, but that actually means it’s getting better. Something’s working. Whether it’s more appropriate screening or the effects of diet- and exercise-shaming finally soaking in, death rates from cancer have declined and are continuing to go down. Here is… Read More

Hidden deep within your health plan is an important document most people never read. Your “formulary”—the list of drugs your insurance company covers—determines whether you’ll share the cost of your prescription with your insurance company or you’ll be stuck paying a high price at the counter. This list can change during the plan year—drugs are… Read More