Tori Marsh - April 05, 2018
Spring is officially here – and that means seasonal allergies have arrived. Prescriptions for allergy medications rose sharply in March, according to a GoodRx analysis of a nationally representative sample of US prescription fills, with some interesting patterns in state-by-state trends.
Our monthly GoodRx Index report also showed other drug trends for March:
Roni Shye - March 08, 2018
This year’s flu season was one of the worst we’ve seen in some time, and it’s still not quite over. While the flu shot wasn’t as successful as we hoped, there is good news for next year’s flu season – nasal spray FluMist will be available.
For the past two flu seasons, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has not recommended FluMist. FluMist, from MedImmune, has not been recommended for use due to data showing poor or relatively lower effectiveness from 2013 through 2016. See More
Roni Shye - June 30, 2016
In the middle of summer, flu season may seem far off. Believe it or not though, most pharmacies will start to receive their shipments of flu vaccines beginning in August, only a couple of months from now.
This year that shipment will be missing one of its key players: Flumist nasal spray. The nasal spray option has been pulled from pharmacies, and will not be available for the 2016 – 2017 flu season. See More
Roni Shye - December 02, 2015
As the end of the year gets closer, you may have already caught a cold or another bug from work or school—but you’ll want to be extra careful to protect yourself from the flu. Flu season can begin as early as October, but it tends to peak at this time of year—from December to February.
To keep yourself from getting sick, it’s best to get the flu vaccine as early as possible, but as long as the flu virus is circulating, it isn’t too late. See More
Roni Shye - September 28, 2015
Flu season is officially underway, and it’s time to get vaccinated if you haven’t already. You need to know where to go to get your flu shot, and—more importantly—how to make sure you don’t overpay. Did you know that flu shots can cost anywhere from $0 (yes, free) to $50 or more?
The importance of getting a flu shot can’t be overstated, especially for those who are at a higher risk like young children, pregnant women, older adults, and the immunocompromised or disabled. See More
Roni Shye - September 08, 2015
Get those lunches made and set the alarm clocks; school’s back in session.
Parents know that a new school year means new clothes, new books, maybe a new backpack—and perhaps a new set of prescriptions. As a pharmacist, I know the school year has started when frustrated parents show up at my store with lots of questions.
The good news is that I can help! Here are 5 helpful solutions for common back-to-school medication issues. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 21, 2014
It’s been a quiet influenza season so far—very quiet. It’s November and Los Angeles, for example, has seen almost no flu activity. This is good but failing to prepare may mean preparing to fail so though we are inundated with info about the flu, here are 10 flu facts you may not know:
- During the month of October, there has been almost no flu activity in Los Angeles County (LAC) and across the country. See More
Roni Shye - October 01, 2014
The flu can change from year to year—and to keep up, the flu vaccine must be tweaked every flu season. Fortunately, this also means that each year more tools become available to fight the flu. This year, there are more types of flu vaccine to choose from, and healthcare providers such as pharmacists and pharmacy interns (in some states) can administer your vaccine, making it easier than ever to keep you healthy. See More
Elizabeth Davis - September 16, 2014
It’s time to get your flu shot!
Fortunately, there are many places to get vaccinated and no matter how you feel about shots, it should be relatively painless for your wallet. Here are some options to help you find a convenient and low-cost flu shot.
Pharmacists can administer the flu vaccine and advise you on which shot might work best for you. Most pharmacies accept walk-ins for flu shots so you won’t need an appointment, and most will accept insurance or Medicare. See More
Roni Shye - September 10, 2014
Kids are back in school, the weather is cooling down—fall is here. Unfortunately, along with the great parts of the season (like pumpkin-flavored everything and football) comes everyone’s least favorite part: germs.
There is no better time than right now to protect yourself and your loved ones from this season’s flu virus. Many local pharmacies already have this year’s flu vaccinations in stock, so keep an eye out!
Isn’t it too early for a flu shot?
NO! Flu season usually peaks in the US in the colder months of December or January, but it can begin as early as October. See More