Blood transfusions can be a risky business. The goal of transfusion medicine is to minimize any risks to a patient receiving outside blood — blood types have to match and there can’t be any substances in the blood that would cause the patient to have a dangerous reaction. It surprises many folks to hear that despite all good intention, your eligibility to donate blood may be affected by the medications you’re taking. See More
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If you’ve got health insurance, now’s a good time to be paying attention. Each year, prescription coverage – the “formulary” – changes, and yours will likely be changing in 2018.
Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handle pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing more than 80 prescription medications from their formularies at the end of 2017. There is a silver lining for some of you though—almost 20 currently excluded drugs will be covered in 2018. See More
Of all the new oral anticoagulants set to take over for Coumadin (warfarin) the new drug Xarelto just scored a trifecta. Remember these newer blood thinners are much more convenient than warfarin because you are spared the weekly blood tests to monitor your INR (coagulation levels).
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and/or pulmonary embolism (PE), and to reduce the risk of recurrence of DVT and PE after initial treatment. See More