Author: Tori Marsh

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We have news for your healthcare wallet. The popular anemia drugs, Epogen and Procrit (epoetin alfa), will soon have a less expensive alternative, Retacrit. Epogen and Procrit are specialty medications used to treat anemia caused by chronic kidney disease (CKD) or chemotherapy, but they don’t come cheap. A 30-day supply of Procrit costs well over… Read More

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On May 17th, the FDA approved Aimovig, the first medication specifically developed to prevent chronic migraines. Makers of Aimovig say that patients on the drug can experience, on average, one to two fewer migraine days per month. But at a price of $575 per month, is it worth it? Nearly 40 million people in the… Read More

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Viagra, Symbicort, Plavix — these are some of the drugs that insurance companies stopped paying for this year, leaving many people on the hook to shoulder the full price of often expensive medications. Why? Drugs are dropped from a formulary — as the list of medications covered by an insurance plan is called — if… Read More

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Turns out, taking a certain kind of drug today is associated with an increased chance of dementia as many as 20 years from now, according to a new study. The study looked at people who had taken anticholinergic drugs that are frequently prescribed for depression, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, and allergies. People… Read More

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If you live in Florida, we have some good news for your wallet: Walgreens is now testing a new pilot program geared at saving customers money on their prescriptions and storewide products. The program, called Walgreens Plus, is now being tested in 17 Walgreens stores in and around Gainesville, Florida. What does membership include? The… Read More

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Every month, it seems as if there is a new outrage over the ever-soaring cost of prescription drugs. But which drugs actually cost the most? Here are the 11 most expensive outpatient drugs, as of May 2018, based on list prices for a typical one-month prescription. The 11 drugs on this list are all priced… Read More

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Diabetes has become one of America’s most expensive diseases, costing the average patient almost $17,000 per year. A majority of that expense is due to the cost of diabetes medications – which are only getting more expensive. Recent data from the GoodRx Index reveals that diabetes medications continue to surge each month. The monthly GoodRx… Read More

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In what appears to an abnormally bad year for seasonal allergies, rates for allergy medication fills are exceeding the last four years by 13%, with some significant geographic variations across the US. Prescriptions are notably higher in the West and the South, with a 19% increase of fills in the West and a 16% rise… Read More

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One of the more popular drugs in the country, Epipen and generic epinephrine – used for the emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions –  is experiencing a spot shortage, leaving some patients without their lifesaving drug. Over the past month, shortages have been seen in both Canada and Australia, and they both turned to the United States in… Read More

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What happens when the blockbuster drug of the last 20 years goes generic? It gets even more popular. Since Viagra hit the market in 1998, it’s been a massive success and prescribed to over 65 million men thus far. But it wasn’t cheap – one pill of Viagra cost well over $70, and few insurers… Read More