Category: alternatives

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Brand-only drugs like Restasis, Eliquis and Lyrica can cost well over $500 for a month’s supply, and without cheaper generic alternatives, patients are often forced to either shell out their life savings or give up essential medications. FDA initiatives to expedite the drug review process and prohibit manufacturers from holding market exclusivity for too long… Read More

High blood pressure can lead to dangerous conditions like heart attack and stroke, so it’s important to keep it under control. Unfortunately, treatments like brand-only Bystolic (nebivolol) can be expensive—a monthly supply can cost well beyond $150 without insurance. What’s more, some commercial plans require patients to get a prior authorization and/or go through step… Read More

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In May, the makers of Vagisil, the popular over-the-counter cream for vaginal itching and irritation, launched Preventeza, their own version of the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP). This is a good thing: with more options available from online and local retailers, emergency contraception becomes more accessible and more people can prevent unplanned pregnancies. We’ll walk you… Read More

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Opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine have long been considered some of the most helpful drugs for managing acute pain. However, rates of opioid abuse and overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years. And now it turns out that there’s another reason to avoid opioids: they may not be the most effective treatment for pain… Read More

Yeast infections are caused by Candida albicans, a type of fungus that is naturally found in the vaginal flora of most women. However, too much of a good thing can be bad, and overgrowth of Candida leads to a common condition for women called a yeast infection. Telltale signs include itching, soreness, and a white, thick… Read More

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Amid news of the White House’s new plan to curb high drug prices, a tragic story from 2009 has resurfaced of a woman who died after being denied coverage for her life-saving epilepsy medication. Even more upsetting is that this tragedy was due to a prior authorization, an insurance restriction that thousands of Americans deal… Read More

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With 2018 being an especially bad year for allergies, you may be reconsidering your current allergy medication. The sheer number of allergy relief commercials that crop up during these high-pollen months can make it pretty tempting. Among the brands frequently advertised are household names like Claritin (loratadine), Allegra (fexofenadine), and Zyrtec (cetirizine), but there’s a… Read More

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First approved in 2014 for patients 12 years of age and older, Arnuity Ellipta (fluticasone) is a popular inhaler used in the long-term management of asthma. Now, the inhaler can also be prescribed to younger children — as of May 2018, Arnuity Ellipta is FDA-approved for treating asthma in kids as young as 5 years… Read More

Eliquis (apixaban) and Xarelto (rivaroxaban) are part of a new group of anticoagulant drugs called NOACs (novel oral anticoagulants) used to prevent blood clots, stroke, and embolism, especially in people with atrial fibrillation. Approved by the FDA several years ago, Eliquis and Xarelto quickly became two of the most popular blood thinners in the market…. Read More

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Proair is a common rescue inhaler used to treat asthma attacks, but it’s not cheap. Cash prices for one asthma inhaler average around $85. What’s more, since 2016, cash prices for Proair have increased by almost 70% — from $52 per inhaler to over $80 — and there’s still no generic available. Even though it… Read More