Month: February 2018

two prescription bottles with pills next to them

Atorvastatin (Lipitor), always on the top ten most commonly prescribed drugs, is used to lower cholesterol and often gets a bad rap. Muscle pain and cramps, diarrhea, and stomach upset are adverse reactions known to occur with and those deserve attention for sure. But, studies suggest that only around 50% of patients who receive a prescription… Read More

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It’s true: Drugs really are getting more expensive. According to a new GoodRx analysis, the average list price for the top 100 prescription drugs climbed higher over the past year, even as concerns over high drug prices grow in the U.S.     Our top insights: List prices for prescription drugs rose 6% over the past… Read More

tissue box, thermometer, and flu medication

This flu season has been rough for patients, doctors, pharmacies, employers, and almost everyone else. Getting a yearly flu shot is the best way to prevent yourself from getting the seasonal flu according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, as with most things in life, getting a flu shot does not… Read More

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Believe it or not, medications are recalled on a daily basis for numerous reasons. Medication recalls can range from minor to life-threatening incidents if not immediately and appropriately taken care of. One of the most recent recalls involves acyclovir 400 mg tablets, used for the treatment of shingles, herpes, and chickenpox. Why was acyclovir recalled?… Read More

dollar bills and prescription bottles

If healthy lifestyle changes like diet and exercise haven’t been enough to help you shed those pounds, your doctor may suggest that you turn to a weight loss medication, like Contrave. While patients may only take it for a short period of time, out of pocket costs for Contrave can reach well beyond $600 per… Read More

a doctor's prescription pad

Manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of fluoxetine (Prozac), used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic attacks. Why was fluoxetine recalled? According to the FDA, one of the ingredients used to create the 10 mg fluoxetine tablet was not up to FDA standards. While the use of the product is not… Read More

clipboard with health insurance on it

After practicing medicine for 20 years, I’ve become adept at “clarifying” to life insurance companies why patients are taking certain medications. The same medications appear to trigger red flags for both long-term care and life insurance companies.    Their “concern” makes sense for some medications because they are used for serious chronic illnesses, but for… Read More

blue pills in dose pack

Last December, not one, but two generic versions of Viagra (sildenafil) became available in pharmacies. As a result, men can now purchase the erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment for as low as $17 with GoodRx, compared to $72 for the brand version. And although Viagra is an extremely popular medication, with more than 60 million men worldwide having… Read More

two prescription bottles with pills next to them

Manufacturer Unichem Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntary recall of divalproex, used to treat certain types of seizures, bipolar disorder, and migraine headaches. 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… Read More

tissue box, thermometer, and flu medication

If you’ve watched the news or heard anything about the flu this season than you’ve probably heard that it hasn’t been going so well. According to the Journal of Family Practice, the 2017-2018 flu vaccine has been reported to only be about 34% effective against influenza A and 56% for influenza B.   Because the flu… Read More