Month: January 2017

blood pressure meter and heart

High blood pressure is a key risk factor for stroke and heart disease, but it is easy to treat! If you have tried lifestyle changes and your blood pressures is still greater than 140/90, your doctor may discuss starting a medication to lower your pressure. If this is the case, it might be difficult to decide… Read More

For years, GoodRx has been telling Americans to compare prices and shop around. With the support of millions of Americans, GoodRx has just negotiated even greater savings at a number of pharmacy chains. There’s never been a better time to shop around than now. Prices at many pharmacies will be changing in February and March—which… Read More

Generalized pain, migraines, increased sensitivity to light touch, fatigue, not waking up feeling rested . . . that’s what folks with fibromyalgia are dealing with. For years patients have asked: what really works for fibromyalgia? Primary care doctors and their patients are frustrated there are no quick solutions and options for treatment. Well, the Annals… Read More

Recently, the FDA approved two new orphan drugs, Rubraca and Spinraza. But first, what is an orphan drug? An Orphan drug is a medication used to treat a rare disease. By definition, a rare disease is one that affects less than 200,000 patients in the United States, according to the Orphan Drug Act or 1983…. Read More

You might be tired of hearing about the EpiPen pricing controversy after the past couple of months. In 2016, it felt like the the life-saving epinephrine auto-injector would never be affordable, as even generic epinephrine was priced around $300. However, the new year has brought good news for auto-injector patients. As you may have heard, CVS announced last week that… Read More

Manufacturers have to go through a rigorous process to get approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Typically, drugs have to pass through four successful phases of clinical trials and manufacturers have to submit a New Drug Application (NDA) in order to get FDA approval. You hear about new drugs being approved all the time, but… Read More

When asked about the medical conditions they fear the most, adults overwhelmingly answer dementia, specifically Alzheimers dementia. Treatment options for dementia are dismal, so the focus needs to be on prevention. Many risk factors for dementia are things you can control: diabetes, high blood pressure, physical inactivity and even some medications. Multiple studies have found… Read More

Trying to navigate the over-the-counter (OTC) aisles to choose a pain or fever medication for your sick child can be an overwhelming task. Sometimes it may feel like there are too many options. A lot of companies have multiple products, with similar names and packaging, which can make it difficult if you aren’t sure what you are looking for…. Read More

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the controversy regarding EpiPen pricing a few months back. Why people got very upset about EpiPen prices: EpiPen is a life-saving injector which provides immediate relief to severe allergic reactions. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work if you don’t have one handy, so parents often have to buy multiple pens to… Read More

More is not always better. More tests, more treatments and more visits to the doctor may not always be the way to go. Unnecessary tests or medications can lead to anxiety, side effects, and follow-up tests that are more harmful than helpful to your health. The saying in medicine is “imaging begets more imaging,” and… Read More