Elizabeth Davis - August 22, 2017
If you’ve got health insurance, now’s a good time to be paying attention. Each year, prescription coverage 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
The GoodRx Pharmacist - August 01, 2017
Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that Endo Pharmaceuticals remove their opioid pain medication Opana ER over concerns that the benefit of the medication may no longer outweigh its risks. You can read more about this request here.
Endo Pharmaceuticals has officially responded to the FDA’s request. On July 6th, 2017, Endo said that they would comply with the removal request of Opana ER, and would work with the FDA to ensure that this does not cause a problem for patients currently taking Opana ER. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - July 05, 2017
With concerns over opioid use at an all-time high in the US, the FDA has started re-evaulating the risks vs benefits of some pain relief medications.
Now, the FDA is asking the manufacturer of Opana ER, Endo Pharmaceuticals, to remove Opana ER from the market due to concerns that the benefit of the medication may no longer outweigh its risks.
What is Opana ER?
Opana ER (oxymorphone) is a narcotic pain medication used for the management of moderate-to-severe pain when a continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesic (pain reliever) is needed for an extended period of time. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 04, 2016
Opioid pain medication is an emotional topic for everyone. Patients who struggle with chronic noncancer pain and need opioid medications feel they are portrayed as addicts when they ask for refills. Each week I see many patients using opioids for the appropriate reason, who have tried and failed with other medications and yet feel stigmatized by the use of medicine they need.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 09, 2014
Heroin, Oxycontin or any opioid overdose is easily reversed with naloxone. You’ve seen it in the movies and it’s true, naloxone works to wake people up from the dead, well . . . most of the time. Now people won’t have to wait for paramedics to arrive or to get to the ER, it will be available as a prescription.
The FDA has approved Evzio (naloxone injection) for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, which as you know manifests as respiratory and/or central nervous system depression. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 20, 2014
Prescription drug abuse, as you know, is an epidemic in the United States. So, what are we doing about it? One of the new ways pharmaceutical companies are trying to help out is to make opioids with abuse “deterrent” properties. For folks who crush these opioids to snort or dissolve them to inject for quicker onset and a better high, it’s getting harder.
Here are the opioids that are hardest to abuse and why:
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