Month: July 2016

Manufacturer PharmaTech and distributor Rugby Laboratories have issued a voluntary recall of all unexpired Diocto (docusate sodium). Diocto is a over-the-counter stool softener, used to relieve constipation. This is a class II recall, the most common type of recall, which means that there is a situation where use of the recalled medication may cause temporary or medically… Read More

More and more new hepatitis C medications are being approved at a faster rate than ever thanks to the FDA’s Priority Review program. New approvals over the past few years include Sovaldi, Harvoni, Viekira Pak. This is great news, as it means there are more effective options than ever out there to treat hepatitis C—and… Read More

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Do your ears feel like they’re under water, or plugged? Often related to allergies or upper respiratory infection, eustachian tube dysfunction is a common cause of congested ears and brings many of you to the doctor. While you are waiting to get an appointment, there are some good non-prescription options you can start off with. So… Read More

Generic Tikosyn (dofetilide) has been approved by the FDA for some types of abnormal heartbeat: atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter—and is in pharmacies now. Atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter are two common types of abnormal heartbeat that are often treated with the same medications, as many people experience both together. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular,… Read More

Differin (adapalene) 0.1% gel for acne is the latest prescription medication to make the jump over the counter, with approval from the FDA in July 2016. There are many prescription and over the counter (OTC) options out there to treat acne, but most of the OTC products have one of two active ingredients: benzoyl peroxide or… Read More

Strep pneumonia also known as pneumococcal pneumonia is a major cause of bacterial pneumonia in adults. There are 90 different strains (serotypes) of strep pneumonia, and even if you’ve had one type, you are only immune to that one type again. Because your immune response is specific to that type, you still need a vaccine… Read More

In the past we have posted about National Prescription Drug Take Back Days—events throughout the year intended to give you a safe way to get rid of old medications. The Take Back Days are also a huge help in providing education about prescription drug and opioid abuse. Many pharmacy chains are leading the fight by… Read More

Tramadol (Ultram) is prescribed for pain more than ever, with new recommendations to limit the use of opioid analgesics. Tramadol is a non-opioid that works on the opiate receptors. Unlike other opioids (like hydrocodone and codeine), tramadol doesn’t affect your breathing or heart. It’s a good option for trying to avoid opioids if NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen)… Read More

There can be many reasons for excessive tiredness—but for some people, it can be due to an underlying medical condition. Narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and shift-work disorder can significantly affect your quality of life. Thankfully there are medications that can help—including Nuvigil (armodafinil) and Provigil (modafinil). Now, there is also good news for anyone taking Nuvigil—its generic, armodafinil, has been… Read More

In June 2016, the FDA issued a safety alert for canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet), used to treat type 2 diabetes. Now, another warning has been issued, for Invokana and Invokamet along with another similar diabetes medication, dapagliflozin (Farxiga and Xigduo XR). According to the FDA, canagliflozin and dapagliflozin may cause an increased risk of acute kidney injury…. Read More