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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used for the treatment of acute pain and chronic inflammatory and degenerative joint diseases. However, there can be a downfall to long-term use of NSAIDS – they can increase the occurrence of upper gastrointestinal (GI) complications such as ulcers and bleeding. There are some NSAIDS, known as “partially selective NSAIDS,” that… Read More

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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 atorvastatin and those deserve attention for sure. But, studies suggest that only around 50% of patients who receive a… Read More

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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

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As we get older, our bodies start turning on us. Our blood pressure begins to rise, joints develop arthritis, and arteries start clogging up. We end up taking more and more medications. Some 90% of people over the age of 65 take at least one medication per week, and 40% take five or more. 1 in 6 people… Read More

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You’ve likely heard there is a new shingles vaccine, Shingrix that is more effective than our existing vaccine Zostavax. The painful blisters of shingles are bad enough, but the complication known to occur in 20% of folks after their singles outbreak, called “postherpetic neuralgia” is even worse, and can be a chronic painful condition. With a new Vaccine… Read More

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For almost a decade, pharmacy chains nationwide have offered discount generics through membership programs. When the first generic program was created by Kmart, pharmacy chains like CVS and Kroger followed suit, offering a large number of medications at a discounted rate, or even for free. The programs were classic “loss leaders,” designed to bring foot… Read More

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Manufacturer International Laboratories LLC has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of clopidogrel, the generic for Plavix. 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 the likelihood of serious adverse… Read More

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We have some good news if you have a Publix pharmacy near you. Publix has launched a new savings program offering 29 common medications at a discounted rate—$7.50 for a 90 day supply. Popular medications on this list include simvastatin, omeprazole, gabapentin, and alendronate. This program is available for both insured and uninsured patients, and there… Read More

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By now, you’ve probably heard that this year’s flu season is getting pretty bad (or “moderately severe”, as the CDC puts it), with widespread flu activity all across the U.S. We believe prevention is the best medicine, but certain strains, like this year’s H3N2 virus, are more resistant to the flu shot. So if you find… Read More

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Humalog (insulin lispro) is a fast-acting insulin used to treat diabetes type one and two. Doctors report low levels of adherence to insulins like Humalog because of its cost. Cash prices for Humalog average around $549 for five kwikpens, and there is no generic alternative for any insulin brand. Humalog generated billions of dollars in global… Read More