Month: October 2016

Used for the treatment of vaginal dryness and recurrent urinary tract infections, among other things, Vagifem (estradiol) tablets have been a huge hit in the United States. As mentioned in my previous blog, patients prefer Vagifem tablets over Estrace vaginal cream—but one of the downsides of Vagifem has been cost. Yuvafem, a new generic equivalent just approved… Read More

Amidst the recent drama surrounding EpiPen prices, we finally have some good news for epinephrine auto-injectors. The expensive Epipen, and EpiPen Jr, will soon have more competition! In 2017, manufacturer Kaleo will be re-releasing Auvi-Q, their brand of the epinephrine auto-injector. Auvi-Q was pulled from the market last year, but Kaleo has bought back the… Read More

The increased cost of prescription drugs has been all over the news—and a topic for debate in the 2016 elections. Huge price hikes for medications like EpiPen, Thiola, and Daraprim, just to name a few, have left Americans frustrated and angry. Amid the controversy, some states (including California and Ohio) are trying to address drug… Read More

Manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntary recall of Persantine and dipyridamole, used in the prevention of post-surgical blood clots. Who can recall a drug? A manufacturer can voluntarily recall their medication, or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can request or require that a manufacturer recall a particular medication. In this case, the manufacturer has… Read More

Good news in the world of vaccines! It is now easier for preteens to get Gardasil, the cervical cancer vaccine that protects against human papillomavirus (HPV). This Wednesday, the federal government, along with the CDC, updated its recommendation for the HPV vaccine. Now, preteens only need two doses of the HPV vaccine, rather than three. Additionally, the CDC has said… Read More

a doctor's prescription pad

Nasal steroid sprays (also called intranasal glucocorticoid sprays) are effective for stuffy nose and itchy eyes related to allergies. Post nasal drip symptoms—chronic cough, hoarse voice and dripping down the back of your throat—are easily remedied with steroid nasal sprays. If you’re pregnant though, you may wonder if they’re safe to use. Well, recent reassuring studies… Read More

Manufacturer Par Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntary recall of various Gildess birth control products. 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 reversible adverse health consequences, but the likelihood of serious adverse effects… Read More

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common lethal genetic disease of childhood. Early on, children with DMD have difficulty running, jumping, and walking up steps and are usually wheelchair bound by the age of twelve. What causes it? A missing gene that prevents the formation of dystrophin. Dystrophin is a key protein that protects the… Read More

With Medicare open enrollment right around the corner, you may be wondering changes are in store for your Medicare plan in 2017. We have the latest info on what to expect, and how you can make the most of your Medicare coverage. When is open enrollment? Medicare plans offer open enrollment from October 15 to December… Read More

More than six years after its passing, Obamacare remains controversial. In the past few weeks, states have begun to approve premium rate increases for 2017 ACA (Affordable Care Act) health plans. (Insurance carriers need to submit their rate changes to a state commission, which can then approve or deny their request.) So far, it’s not… Read More