Category: Generics

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Ulcerative colitis is a chronic, inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation in the digestive tract leading to diarrhea, rectal bleeding and stomach pain. Close to one million people in the United States have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, and many have to pay high costs for their expensive brand-name medications. Fortunately, the FDA just… Read More

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Have a headache or a pulled muscle? Odds are over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers like ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen will do the trick. And unlike prescription pain medications containing opioids, OTC painkillers aren’t habit-forming, and likely won’t leave you groggy, dizzy, or even constipated. They’re also cheap and easy to find. All pharmacies carry both brand-name… Read More

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Back in 2017, popular erectile dysfunction medication Viagra went generic — reducing the cost for one pill to as little as $17 at some pharmacies. Viagra and the generic sildenafil, are two of the most popular drugs on the market today. Their popularity has led to thousands of bad jokes and hundreds of cheesy commercials,… Read More

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Dry eyes can be a debilitating chronic condition, especially in older adults, but as we see with the brand-name drug, Restasis, treatments can be expensive. A monthly supply of Restasis can cost well over $600. What’s more, almost 50% of all commercial insurance plans require patients to get a prior authorization and/or go through step… Read More

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Patients often turn to generic medications for cheaper alternatives to brand-name drugs, but over the past couple years, prices for generics have increased substantially, and some of the most expensive generic medications run above $100 for a month’s supply. Every year, people are paying more for them despite insurance coverage due to high deductibles and… 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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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

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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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It’s no secret that asthma inhalers have gotten expensive, and there are no signs of soaring prices slowing down. Even under Medicare Part D, asthma inhalers are high-ticket drugs. They’re listed under Medicare’s higher-tier, “non-preferred” or “specialty” drug categories, which pushes the cost of these medications onto the 43 million Americans enrolled in Part D. Whether… Read More

This is shaping up to be an especially tough year for people with allergies. With all the choices for allergy medications out there, how do you make sure you’re prepared with the best one? Here are three questions you should ask before popping that next allergy pill. 1. How long do my allergy symptoms last?… Read More