Benita Lee - August 09, 2018
As drug makers are facing increasing scrutiny over high drug prices, pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) Express Scripts announces that they will be excluding 48 new drugs from insurance coverage in 2019. If you have insurance, it’s time to pay attention.
Every year, PBMs like Express Scripts evaluate the clinical value and financial cost of prescription medications and create a list of drugs covered by insurance, known as formularies. See More
Elizabeth Davis - August 22, 2017
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. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 04, 2017
“Can I have a drink while I’m taking my medication?” This is a question that primary care doctors are frequently asked, rightly so. Almost 50% of Americans report taking a prescription medication in the previous month. Alcohol in moderation (3 – 5 drinks per week) is recommended for stroke and heart disease prevention, and many folks taking medications known to interact with alcohol still report regular use. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 21, 2016
“Can I just stop my medication?” This question, frequently asked of primary care doctors, has a complicated answer. For starters, if you are taking a medication that is controlling an ongoing medical problem like high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol you should never stop it on your own—or your problem will return. Many patients do come clean though, and report that they just plain stopped their meds. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 02, 2016
If you’ve never used pain medications and are given them for pain after a procedure, who is most likely to have a problem down the line? Well, a recent JAMA study evaluated the risk for chronic opioid use following several common surgical procedures in opioid-naive patients (people who have never used opioid medications before). See More
Roni Shye - June 15, 2016
The FDA has issued a new required warning for all opioid pain medications. If you are taking an opioid, you should be aware of a few potential side effects, including reactions with other medications, and effects on hormone levels.
What are some examples of opioid medications?
Opioids are powerful prescription-only medications, used to manage manage pain when other treatments may not work. Some common opiods include:
- hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Vicodin, Norco, Lorcet)
- oxycodone/acetaminophen (Percocet, Endocet, Roxicet)
- oxycodone (Oxycontin, Roxicodone)
- fentanyl (Duragesic, Subsys)
Why exactly was the FDA safety alert issued?
The FDA identified some safety concerns for anyone using opioid pain medications:
- They can interact with many other medications
- They can cause problems with a person’s adrenal glands
- They can decrease sex hormone levels
What kind of medications can react with opioids?
Specifically, opioids may react with antidepressants and migraine medications. See More
Roni Shye - March 04, 2016
The approval has caused some outrage, and has many people questioning why the FDA would allow such a powerful and addictive medication to be prescribed for young children.
Roni Shye - February 18, 2016
So you’ve used GoodRx to compare prices on your prescription, and you found a less expensive pharmacy. But transferring your prescription is a pain, right? It’s actually easier than you may think! Generally, your new pharmacy will want to make the transfer as smooth as possible—and there are a few things you can to do keep things simple:
- Let your new pharmacy know that you want to transfer your prescriptions from your old pharmacy. 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.