Month: December 2017

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Complicated multi-pill regimens are treatments of the past for many chronic health issues, and HIV is no exception. Pharmaceutical companies are realizing that more is not better and are developing less complex treatments to increase patient adherence.    On November 21st the FDA approved Juluca, the first two-drug regimen for certain patients with HIV, and it is now… Read More

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Is metformin (Glucophage) bad for you? There is quite a bit of misinformation out there about this commonly used medication. Metformin therapy may cause diarrhea and lower vitamin B12 levels, but most things you hear about metformin aren’t true. Here are some common metformin myths. Metformin is bad for your kidneys. It’s not. What may be confusing… Read More

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Not all injectable diabetes medications contain insulin.  A newer class of medications used for people with type 2 diabetes are considered non-insulin injectables and include drugs like Byetta, Victoza, Bydureon, and Trulicity. Recently the FDA approved, Ozempic, a new non-insulin injectable for people with type 2 diabetes. What is Ozempic indicated for? Ozempic is a… Read More

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One of the only ways to treat diabetes type 1 and 2 are through insulin injections, like Lantus (insulin glargine), that help to control blood sugar. Unfortunately, doctors consistently report low levels of adherence to insulins, Lantus included. The main reason? The cost. Lantus is a prime example of an expensive insulin—averaging around $274 per… Read More

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A new safety alert was issued on November 11th for Limbrel, a medical food for patients with osteoarthritis. What is Limbrel indicated for? According to the manufacturer, Limbrel is the first prescription product developed and formulated specifically to safely meet the distinctive nutritional requirements of patients with osteoarthritis.   Limbrel is only available with a prescription,… Read More

Antibiotics are one of the wonders of modern medicine — they can purge the human body of infections that just a few decades ago would’ve been fatal. And they get used — a lot. Over 250 million prescriptions for antibiotics are written every year in the U.S., nearly one prescription for every American. What’s more, today’s… Read More

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The holidays usually mean spending time with close friends and family, and flu season. As a pharmacist, I often see patients coming in for help choosing the best over the counter medication to help them get better faster. But during cold and flu season, prevention is key. No one wants to sneeze and cough their… Read More

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With the spotlight on women’s healthcare coverage this year, you might be wondering what the best birth control is. While there’s no right answer to that, since every person has different needs and reacts to medications differently, we can talk about the most commonly prescribed birth control brands in the U.S. Below, we break down… Read More

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In 2015, Americans spent $1,200 per capita on prescription medications, the highest rate in the world. In the U.S. a 30-day prescription to Xarelto (used to treat blood clots) costs $292, on average – where that same prescription costs just $126 in the UK, $102 in Switzerland, and just $48 in South Africa, according to… Read More

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Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol) is a common maintenance inhaler, taken on a daily basis to treat asthma and COPD, but it’s not cheap. Cash prices average around $323 for one inhaler, and out of pocket costs for those who fill Symbicort regularly can be unmanageable. Symbicort works well. Around 60% of people rate that Symbicort is ‘worth… Read More