Tori Marsh - July 26, 2018
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 will hopefully bring many generics to the market soon. See More
Tori Marsh - June 25, 2018
Prices for Chantix, the prescription drug used to help people quit smoking, have increased by 106% over the past five years. According to an analysis of GoodRx data, a 30-day supply of Chantix now costs around $485, whereas in 2013, people would have been able get that same prescription for around $236.
The cash price of $485 for a 30-day supply of Chantix can be unmanageable, and many will look to their insurer to cover the cost. See More
Benita Lee - June 22, 2018
As with other forms of coverage restrictions, insurance plans use quantity limits to ensure patient safety and control healthcare costs. Quantity limits define how much of a drug you can fill during a specific time period, but they can be a hassle. Here’s how to navigate your plan’s policies, so you can still get the medications you need.
How do quantity limits work?
Generally speaking, plans will review clinical and FDA literature to decide how much of a drug they will cover in a certain time period. See More
Roni Shye - January 03, 2018
It’s officially 2018, which means it’s time to make those new year’s resolutions.
While it might be easy to stick to the resolutions for a few days, sometimes life can catch up with us. So how do you make those difficult new years resolutions stick? Here are some tips from the pharmacist to help you achieve your goals this year.
Lose those extra pounds
If you’ve decided that 2018 is going to be the year you lose that extra baggage you’ve been carrying—congratulations! Losing weight can help with a number of health problems like diabetes, high cholesterol, and joint problems to name a few. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 30, 2017
Impaired sleep (insomnia) is a major complaint from patients in my practice, with huge personal and economic costs. When it comes to treatments for either difficulty going to sleep or staying asleep, looking for an easily reversible cause is the first step.
One of the first places to look: many drugs may affect the quality and duration of sleep. These 18 meds have been shown in studies to do just that. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 05, 2016
A recent study made headlines reporting that quitting smoking abruptly has a better quit rate than using a gradual approach. This wasn’t news to many doctors—the “cutting-down” approach has never seemed to work as well as quitting cold turkey.
Well, what else do we know?
- First—smokers who quit abruptly are more likely to keep from using from tobacco than those who use a gradual cessation method. Cold turkey is your best bet for quitting, 8 weeks later, those who quit cold turkey remain abstinent at higher rates than those who try “cutting-down. See More
Roni Shye - November 19, 2014
Each year, the Great American Smokeout takes place on the third Thursday of November, sponsored by The American Cancer Society. This year’s Smokeout is on November 20, 2014!
The first Great American Smokeout took place at Union Square in San Francisco, California on November 16, 1977 and it has successfully continued for 39 years and counting.
The goal is to encourage tobacco users to think about kicking their habit—whether it’s cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or other forms of tobacco—for 24 hours. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 05, 2014
For a long time, treatment of tobacco dependence centered on two nicotine replacement systems: nicotine gum and patches. Now there are more effective products available, which have added to falling smoking rates seen in much of the U.S. The idea of clean nicotine delivery systems that satisfy nicotine craving and promote smoking cessation is attractive for sure.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 26, 2012
Chantix (varenicline) is a nicotine agonist used to help quit smoking. Chantix is effective because it provides some nicotine effects to help with withdrawal symptoms while also blocking the effects of nicotine if the smoker relapses. Most other smoking cessation treatments either try to replace nicotine or mimic the effects of nicotine by inhibiting dopamine reuptake. Chantix was found to be more effective than nothing (placebo) and more effective than Zyban (bupropion sr, Buproban – with the same active ingredient as Wellbutrin) for quitting tobacco. See More