Month: December 2016

As we exit 2016, we can only be certain about one fact regarding the future of health care coverage in America: big changes are ahead. Our healthcare was one of the biggest issues in a bitter Presidential campaign, and President-elect Trump has repeatedly said that he plans to replace Obamacare with something else. We’ll see… Read More

After months of waiting, we finally have some good news for EpiPen users! On December 16th, Mylan announced that epinephrine, the generic for the expensive EpiPen auto-injector, will be available in pharmacies this week. As you may have heard, over the past couple of months, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of EpiPen, has been criticized for increasing the… Read More

It’s tough enough to have pain severe enough to be treated with opioid pain medications like Vicodin or Oxycontin—but the side effects can make things even more difficult. Constipation from taking opioid medications can be debilitating and is estimated to affect 40 – 86% of patients using these drugs. Why do opioids cause constipation? Constipation… Read More

Recently, the FDA approved phase 3 clinical trials using MDMA for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The first three phases of the clinical trials using MDMA for PTSD treatment began in 2004, and phase 3 is this final phase in the rigorous approval process. This means that MDMA is one step closer to becoming a… Read More

As you may have noticed, there have been many new hepatitis medications released recently, and we have another to add to the list! Gilead Sciences is a popular manufacturer for many hepatitis medications, and as of November 10th, they have recently gained approval for Vemlidy for hepatitis B. Your liver is a key organ in your body… Read More

Drug companies often combine two cheap generic medications, sometimes slightly altering their doses, and market them as a “new” expensive brand name medication. Don’t let this fool you—in many cases your doctor can make those combinations by prescribing two or more inexpensive drugs, and help you save a ton of dough. Here’s how: Duexis. Approved… Read More

As 2016 comes to a close, we have some news in the world of diabetes medications! The FDA has recently released Soliqua 100/33, a combination medication for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be very tricky and hard to control. Therefore, the discovery and approval of these new oral and injectable medications… Read More

Does your medication need a prescription, or can you just buy it at the pharmacy? Is it a controlled substance, with restrictions on how and when it can be refilled? Drug categorization can be a confusing topic, especially if you don’t have a medical background—but it can have a big effect on how easily you’re able to… Read More

It’s about to get a lot easier to afford your hearing aids! In a recent press release, the FDA announced that they would push for hearing aid accessibility, mainly by allowing the devices to be purchased over-the-counter. Currently, for patients to get a hearing aid, they have to first schedule a medical exam with their doctor…. Read More

Phentermine (Adipex-P), an amphetamine derivative, is the most prescribed weight loss medication in the United States. Available as a low cost generic, phentermine has been approved for weight loss since 1973. Here are the great questions I hear from my patients over and over: How does phentermine work? Phentermine increases release of neurotransmitters which simulate metabolism and… Read More