Month: September 2016

We have good news for your health wallet! Humira (adalimumab), a popular specialty medication used to treat rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, will soon have a less expensive alternative, Amjevita (adalimumab-atto). Amjevita is a “biosimilar” to Humira (because biologic drugs like Humira can’t have traditional generic alternatives), and will be offered at a reduced cost. Amjevita is now the 1st… Read More

Omeprazole (Prilosec) is a cheap, generic medication available both over the counter, or with a prescription. Used for the treatment of reflux disease, ulcers, and stomach protection from NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), it is one of the most common medications used by adults. Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), a class of drugs that… Read More

With all of the attention on EpiPen prices recently, you may not be surprised to find that other drugs have seen similar price increases. In the case of Aloquin, though, the rising cost is even more puzzling. Over the past year, Aloquin has increased from around $250 per tube of gel to over $9000—a price… Read More

Skin abscesses are more common than you might think, and are usually caused by bacteria that live on the skin or adjacent mucous membranes (like in the nose). More often than not, the staphylococcus aureus bacteria is the most common culprit. In many cases, the cause of abscess is a staph aureus bacteria called MRSA that… Read More

For many, back to school also means back to sports—football, soccer, swimming, wrestling, and cheerleading, among others. With so many kids coming through the same locker rooms, and sometimes sharing equipment, your child’s favorite sport can mean they’re more susceptible to fungal infections like athlete’s foot. The good news: there are many non-prescription options out… Read More

Fioricet (butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine) has been around forever and is used by many for the treatment of chronic migraine or tension headaches. It is a mixture of a barbiturate, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and caffeine. Now, many formularies are no longer covering Fioricet capsules. For those of you who have relied on it for years, this (understandably) may make you nervous…. Read More

Americans are clearly unhappy about the rising cost of prescription drugs and healthcare, and the leading 2016 presidential candidates have proposed all sorts of ideas to fix the problem. Here’s a snapshot of what the candidates have said on these important issues. Where the Major Candidates Agree It’s hard to imagine Clinton and Trump agreeing… Read More

The American Diabetes Association recommends that metformin be your first line choice for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. However, if you are on the maximum dose of metformin, or can’t tolerate it, there are many other great alternatives that you may not know of—like Victoza (liraglutide). Victoza is a brand only medication, given once… Read More

Recently a new tablet form of Relistor was approved by the FDA. Relistor was previously available only as a subcutaneous injection—which may mean it will be easier to use for anyone who has an aversion to injections. What is Relistor used for? Like the injection, Relistor tablets are used to treat opioid-induced constipation (OIC) in… Read More

You may have noticed more medications available in the store that used to require a prescription—and the newest prescription med to make the switch is Veramyst allergy relief nasal spray. The status change for Veramyst was approved by the FDA on August 2nd, 2016. Veramyst is used mainly for the treatment of symptoms associated with seasonal and perennial… Read More