Month: November 2016

pill bottles with health symbols

The liver is the main organ for maintaining the body’s internal environment. Liver failure is always scary because there is currently no way to protect against the absence of liver function. Think about it this way: we can use dialysis to take over for the kidneys or a mechanical ventilator if the lungs fail …. Read More

Manufacturer Pfizer Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntary recall for some brand- name Premarin products. Premarin is a mixture of estrogens used for hormone replacement therapy, and to treat hot flashes and prevent osteoporosis. This is a class II recall, the most common type of recall, which means that there is a situation where use of the recalled… Read More

We have good news for the asthma community! A generic for Xopenex HFA, an inhalation aerosol used to treat bronchospasms, is available in pharmacies now! The generic, levalbuterol, is a rescue inhaler used to immediately open the airways in your lungs for acute symptoms like shortness of breath, wheezing, or coughing. This is good news for your pocketbook!… Read More

a doctor's prescription pad

We hear “false positive” as a defense from professional athletes all the time when it comes to drug screens—but unexpected results on drug tests really do happen. A urine drug screen tests for the presence of certain illegal drugs and prescription medications. You may be more likely to be tested when applying for a job than… Read More

The FDA has issued a drug safety alert for direct-acting antivirals used to treat Hepatitis C. They warn that using direct-acting antivirals such as Sovaldi, Harvoni, or Zepatier can cause a reactivation of Hepatitis B in patients who have been previously infected with the virus. The FDA gained knowledge about the reactivation of hepatitis B occurring… Read More

Finally we have a breakthrough for diabetes type 1 management! The FDA has just approved the artificial pancreas – new technology aimed at helping those suffering from diabetes type 1 cope with their condition. About 1.25 million children and adults in the United States have type 1 diabetes, so this is exciting news for a lot of people…. Read More

Pharmacy membership programs have always been a great way to save on common generic prescription medications. Unfortunately, after CVS and Target discontinued their popular generic discount programs, other pharmacies have also ended their programs. Although this isn’t the best news for your healthcare wallet, plenty of other large pharmacies offer programs that are sure to save… Read More

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common infections, especially in women. Recurrent UTIs are defined as 3 episodes of a UTI in the previous year or 2 episodes in the previous 6 months. In the primary care setting, 53% of women over 55 report a recurrence of UTI within a year. As people with recurrent UITs are repeatedly treated with… Read More

Open enrollment for 2017 started on Tuesday, November 1 for the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) Marketplace. If you’re one of the nearly 14 million Americans expected to sign up for a marketplace plan in 2017, it’s time to make a decision. You may have heard that Obamacare plan premiums are expected to increase… Read More

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a common condition that can lead to further cardiovascular issues like heart attack or stroke if left untreated. Even though high blood pressure is usually undetectable without a blood pressure cuff it’s extremely important to keep under control. If you have high blood pressure your doctor might suggest lifestyle modifications… Read More