Benita Lee - August 27, 2018
How do you save on prescriptions? It might be in the way you pay for a prescription, like using a discount instead of insurance when it’s cheaper than your copay. Or it might be in the choice of your medication, like choosing a generic over a brand-name drug. Generics often give patients a way to save, but according to a new study, we might not be using them enough.
In the study, researchers looked at Medicare Part D spending on 29 brand-name combination drugs in 2016 and found that if generics had been used instead, spending could have been reduced by about $925 million. See More
Roni Shye - September 30, 2015
If you’ve been following the news, huge price increases on necessary drugs like Daraprim and cycloserine may seem unusual—they both dropped in price again once people noticed and complained, right?
The unfortunate reality as that price increases happen in the pharmaceutical industry day-in and day-out. While the majority aren’t quite as dramatic as the Daraprim price hike, they happen more often than you might think. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 29, 2015
The most expensive prescriptions are usually the best, right?
That’s what many people think, but it isn’t always the case—not even close. There are many inexpensive drugs out there that work just as well for treating everything from arthritis to depression, and some even have fewer side effects than their high-cost counterparts.
Elizabeth Davis - August 20, 2014
For many Americans with health insurance, more than 40 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2015. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handle pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing over 40 drugs from their formularies at the end of 2014. This is in addition to the more than 50 drugs removed last year.
What are Express Scripts and Caremark?
Express Scripts and Caremark are companies that administer prescription drug benefits for many health insurance companies and Tricare. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 21, 2013
It seems everyone is taking them. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) work by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach. Prilosec OTC, Zegerid OTC, and Prevacid 24HR are sold over the counter for the treatment of frequent heartburn. Nexium (esomeprazole), Dexilant (dexlansoprazole), Prilosec (omeprazole), Zegerid (omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate), Prevacid (lansoprazole), Protonix (pantoprazole), Aciphex (rabeprazole dr) and Vimovo (esomeprazole/naproxen) are available by prescription to treat conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach and small intestine ulcers, and esophagitis. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 22, 2012
Medications that increase health care costs without improving care are silly, and doctors love to hate ‘em. “PharManure” is the brilliant term used to describe these medications. Here is a list my colleagues and I love to hate: