Month: June 2016

In the middle of summer, flu season may seem far off. Believe it or not though, most pharmacies will start to receive their shipments of flu vaccines beginning in August, only a couple of months from now. This year that shipment will be missing one of its key players: Flumist nasal spray. The nasal spray option… Read More

High cholesterol may be much ado about nothing, especially in older folks. A recent meta-analysis published in BMJ Open raises a strong argument that lowering LDL cholesterol in older people doesn’t help at all. Where does this leave us? Are we over-treating millions of folks with cholesterol lowering drugs, “statins” like Lipitor (atorvastatin), Crestor (rosuvastatin),… Read More

Jentadueto XR (metformin/linagliptin) is the newest once-daily combination drug approved by the FDA to treat type 2 diabetes. Combination drugs can also be a convenient way to join together two drugs that work differently to treat a particular health condition, and extended release versions like Jentadueto XR mean you only need to take your prescription once per day. In… Read More

The FDA has issued a drug safety alert for Imodium (loperamide), a medication used to treat diarrhea. The FDA warns that taking higher than recommended doses of Imodium can cause serious heart problems and potentially death. What is Imodium used for? Imodium is used to control the symptoms of diarrhea. Why would someone take a higher than recommended dose? The… Read More

Itchy butt, pruritus ani, itching around the anus . . . whatever you want to call it, it’s more common than you might think. Many folks try to deal with it on their own without coming to the doctor because, well, it’s embarrassing. So let me walk you through it step by step. What is… Read More

At the beginning of this month the FDA issued a drug safety alert for the migraine patch Zecuity (sumatriptan). At that time, the FDA planned to investigate whether the Zecuity patch came with an increased risk of serious burns and potential permanent scarring. Now, the FDA has announced that the manufacturer of Zecuity, Teva Pharmaceuticals, has… Read More

The FDA has issued a new required warning for all opioid pain medications. If you are taking an opioid, you should be aware of a few potential side effects, including reactions with other medications, and effects on hormone levels. What are some examples of opioid medications? Opioids are powerful prescription-only medications, used to manage manage pain when other treatments… Read More

The FDA has just approved the Probuphine implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. Probuphine is the first-ever implantable option to help patients through the addiction recovery process. What is Probuphine? The Probuphine implant will contain buprenorphine an already-FDA-approved medication for the treatment of opioid dependence. What type of implant is Probuphine? Probuphine is an under the… Read More

The FDA has issued a safety alert for medications containing canagliflozin, a newer drug used to treat type 2 diabetes. According to the FDA, medications containing canagliflozin (Invokana and Invokamet) may cause an increased risk of leg and foot amputations. Do diabetics already have an increased risk of leg and foot amputations? Yes. Diabetics have a higher risk… Read More

Insulin: legal, widely used, and transforms lives. But there are risks—soon you’ll see why we try to spare our type II diabetics from having to start insulin. Using oral medications to their maximum dose and incorporating diet and lifestyle changes is the way to go before resorting to insulin. Of course, tight blood sugar control is… Read More