Tori Marsh - June 14, 2018
Brand drugs are expensive — this we already know, and prices seem to only be increasing. Of the 100 most-prescribed brand-name medications, those for diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn’s disease tend to be the most expensive. All of the drugs on this list are brand-only medications, meaning that there are no affordable generic alternatives available.
Additionally, it can be difficult for people to receive adequate insurance coverage for many of these drugs as they may be placed in more expensive, higher-tier formularies or have some other coverage restrictions. See More
Tori Marsh - February 08, 2018
Between the supplies, the physician visits, and the prescription medications, treating diabetes can be expensive. In fact, the average patient spends an average of $7,900 per year to treat their diabetes. Doctors consistently report that the high costs for diabetes medications can result in low levels of adherence, so it is important for patients to find ways to save.
Roni Shye - January 16, 2018
If you’ve ever been afraid to show up at your doctor’s office because you’ve been “bad” then this post is for YOU! You may think your doctor is “pushing medications on you” especially if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms of the condition they are treating you for. However, their reasoning is not without sound medical and professional judgment.
One of the many reasons you might receive a lecture about the importance of taking your medications is due to the progressive nature of many diseases if not properly treated. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 06, 2015
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes. That’s more than 10% of the US—and that number continues to rise. More than 1.7 million adults were diagnosed with diabetes in 2012 alone.
Fortunately, several new medications for diabetes have recently been approved—Toujeo (a new insulin product), Synjardy (a new combination of empagliflozin/metformin) and others. These new drugs provide several benefits such as fewer side effects or foolproof self-dosing with an insulin pen. See More
Roni Shye - September 04, 2015
On August 28, 2015, the FDA issued a safety warning for a newer type of type 2 diabetes medication known as DPP-4 inhibitors or gliptins.
There have been reports that these medications can cause severe and possibly disabling joint pain.
Which medications contain gliptins (DPP-4 inhibitors)?
- Januvia (sitagliptin)
- Onglyza (saxagliptin)
- Tradjenta (linagliptin)
- Nesina (alogliptin)
- Janumet and Janumet XR (metformin and sitagliptin)
- Kombiglyze XR (saxagliptin and metformin)
- Glyxambi (empagliflozin and linagliptin)
- Jentadueto (metformin and linagliptin)
- Kazano (alogliptin and metformin)
- Oseni (alogliptin and pioglitazone)
Why was a FDA safety warning issued for gliptin medications?
The FDA issued the warning due to continued reports of severe joint pain associated with the use of gliptin medications. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 04, 2014
The newest of the injectable diabetes medications which also helped diabetics lose weight is Trulicity, just approved in September 2014. Given that Trulicity has a low incidence of hypoglycemia and mild gastrointestinal side effects it will become a good option for type II diabetics.
Is it better than the other new diabetes meds?
Dr. Sharon Orrange - January 02, 2014
2013 was a year for many new treatments for type II diabetes. For healthcare workers and patients it’s hard to keep up with the newer medications for the treatment of adult onset diabetes, and treating diabetes is an art and not a “one-size fits all” algorithm. For our folks struggling with type II diabetes the outlook just got brighter because of a class of drugs known as incretin based drugs. Here is the down-low on these medications. See More
Roni Shye - July 25, 2013
Invokana (canaglifozin) is now readily available at most pharmacies after receiving approval for the treatment of type 2 diabetes earlier this year. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Invokana?
Type 2 diabetes leads to elevated levels of glucose in the blood, because of the inability of your body either to make enough insulin or because your cells cannot use it properly. Invokana is a novel drug that works by blocking glucose from being reabsorbed by the kidney. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 02, 2012
No, it’s not insulin. New injections for diabetes may change the way we manage adult-onset diabetes. Approval of a new once-a-week injection called Bydureon is an exciting new option for blood sugar control. This new class of injectables may be popular for several reasons, not the least of which is they also result in weight loss. Yippee!
Though it sounds straight out of outer space, these drugs are called incretin mimetics, meaning they mimic the incretin hormones that tell your body to release insulin after eating. See More