Month: March 2017

Working with prescription drugs every day, I constantly find myself pausing over their obscure names that are oftentimes impossible to pronounce. Xeljanz? Idarucizumab? Tecfidera? How did these crazy names come to be, and who can we blame? I was interested, so I went down the rabbit hole… Drugs have (at least) three names. Right when… Read More

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approximately 36.7 million people worldwide are living with HIV, and only 17 million people are receiving medication to treat it. HIV medication, also known as antiretroviral treatment (ART), has made serious advancements in recent years. In addition to reducing the side effects from ART medications,… Read More

A new treatment for household dust mites has been approved by the FDA! Odactra is the first sublingual allergen extract for the treatment of dust mite allergies. Dust mites are the most common trigger of year-round allergies and can cause coughing, runny nose, congestion, sneezing, and eye irritation in people with allergies. Typically, these mites are microscopic organisms… Read More

Update 4/3/2017: The March 20th EpiPen recall has been expanded to include the United States and some Epipen Jr products. Mylan Pharmaceuticals initiated a recall for 80,000 auto-injectors in Australia, Japan and some European Countries due to a malfunction that could prevent the device from activating properly. This is potentially dangerous as it could prohibit the device from… Read More

Manufacturer Endo Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntary recall of Edex (alprostadil), an injection used to treat male erectile dysfunction. This is a class II recall, the most common type of recall, which means that there is a situation where the use of the recalled medication may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences, but the… Read More

Many of you don’t want to rely solely on medications for heartburn and reflux symptoms. While proton pump inhibitors—omeprazole (Prilosec), pantoprazole (Protonix), esomeprazole (Nexium)—and H2 blockers—Zantac, Tagamet, Pepcid—do work, there may be downsides to long term use. Lifestyle changes are a must: limit acidic foods, eat smaller meals, avoid late night eating, keep the head… Read More

According to The American Diabetes Association, as of 2012, type 2 diabetes affected 29.1 million Americans, 9.3% of the population. Every year another 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which can lead to live-threatening complications like high-blood pressure, kidney disease, high cholesterol, or loss of vision. Recently, the FDA approved Qtern (dapagliflozin and saxagliptin),… Read More

Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are 3 very serious diseases that can typically be prevented through vaccinations. Currently, there are two vaccinations approved for immunization against these three diseases: Boostrix and Adacel. These vaccines are called Tdap vaccinations which are combination vaccinations that protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (hence the name Tdap) But what is the… Read More

Are you trying to make sense of your high deductible health insurance plan (HDHP) but don’t know where to start? If you are new to having a high deductible plan, you’re not alone. Many employers are switching over to high deductible health insurance plans this year—which can mean some sticker shock if you’re asked to… Read More

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can be caused by viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Symptoms include a high fever, respiratory issues and chest pain, making this infection especially dangerous for young children or older adults. Currently, there are two vaccines approved by the FDA for prevention of pneumococcal disease: Pneumovax 23 and Prevnar 13. But which… Read More