Month: June 2017

If you have diabetes, you’re likely well aware of the issues that can come with blood sugar levels that are too high—or too low. Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) may sound similar, but they can have very different consequences. Using too much or too little insulin can affect your blood sugar… Read More

In February, manufacturer Amgen announced that the FDA approved Parsabiv (etelcalcetide) for secondary hyperparathyroidism in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on hemodialysis. Secondary hyperparathyroidism is a condition that lowers calcium levels, causing your parathyroid glands to overproduce the parathyroid hormone. This can cause cardiovascular, neurological and immune system complications. Secondary hyperparathyroidism is especially seen in… Read More

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Heartburn, also known as acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a digestive disease in which stomach acid of bile irritates the food pipe lining. These days, many heartburn medications are conveniently available over-the-counter. However, some of these medications still require a prescription from your doctor. Common treatments include medications like Nexium (esomeprazole), Protonix… Read More

Your eyes have a combination of a relatively small size with a rich blood supply that makes them extra vulnerable to negative side effects from medications. These side effects vary—and may involve the lens, retina or cornea. If you’re older, or using a medication at a high dose for a longer period of time, be aware that your risk will… Read More

Although there are many ways your doctor can get your prescription to the pharmacy (phone in, fax, electronically, etc.), many doctors will still write out a paper prescription. If your doctor hands you a prescription, there are a few important things you should know and/or look for. 1. Is your name correct? Believe it or… Read More

Watch out EpiPen there’s (another) new kid on the block. On June 15, 2017, Adamis Pharmaceuticals received FDA approval for Symjepi, their new epinephrine injection. Symjepi joins Adrenaclick, Auvi-Q, and others as an alternative to the expensive treatment for severe allergic reactions. Adamis also anticipates a low cost for the life-saving medication. As you may… Read More

On May 16th, 2017, the FDA issued an update on canagliflozin-containing medications, like Invokana and Invokamet, as part of a year-long ongoing review. This update is the result of new data from the CANVAS and CANVAS-R clinical trials. This research showed that leg and foot amputations occurred two times more often in patients treated with… Read More

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Ventolin, Proair and Proventil are the albuterol inhalers commonly prescribed for people with asthma, reactive airway disease, or even for a persistent cough after an upper respiratory infection. Albuterol inhalers relax the muscles in the wall of the airways to improve wheezing and cough. Whether you’re prescribed a nebulizer or metered dose inhaler (MDI), albuterol… Read More

Manufacturer Bristol-Myers Squibb has issued a voluntary recall of Eliquis, a commonly prescribed blood thinner. Eliquis can be used to reduce the risk of stroke due to atrial fibrillation, treat blood clots, prevent future blood clots, and decrease the risk of blood clots following surgery. This is a class 1 recall, the most serious type… Read More

If you have diabetes, you’re probably no stranger to checking your own blood sugar with a little portable device known as a glucose meter. For those of you who don’t—to get a blood sugar reading, glucose meters require a small amount of blood to be placed on a test strip, and you need a new… Read More