Tori Marsh - August 08, 2018
This year has been tough for people with asthma. Pollen season ran especially long and just weeks after it peaked, we now have the California wildfires spreading smoke to the majority of US states and causing a spike in symptom flare ups. On top of that, asthma inhalers today are expensive. Popular ones can cost upwards of $500 per month and many are inadequately covered by insurance plans.
So what’s going on with insurance coverage for these lifesaving medications and how can you save? First, high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) and restrictions on coverage are two ways insurance can leave you with a heavy bill. See More
Benita Lee - June 22, 2018
As with other forms of coverage restrictions, insurance plans use quantity limits to ensure patient safety and control healthcare costs. Quantity limits define how much of a drug you can fill during a specific time period, but they can be a hassle. Here’s how to navigate your plan’s policies, so you can still get the medications you need.
How do quantity limits work?
Generally speaking, plans will review clinical and FDA literature to decide how much of a drug they will cover in a certain time period. See More
Tori Marsh - June 13, 2018
Patients often turn to generic medications for cheaper alternatives to brand-name drugs, but over the past couple years, prices for generics have increased substantially, and some of the most expensive generic medications run above $100 for a month’s supply. Every year, people are paying more for them despite insurance coverage due to high deductibles and formulary changes.
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
Elizabeth Davis - December 29, 2015
2015 was another tough year for American’s health care budgets. Insurance premiums increased, coverage was dropped for a number of important drugs, and overall we’re spending more for our health care.
Don’t break out the antidepressants yet—it’s not all bad news. A number of important drugs went generic, which will generally mean huge savings and lower costs. Plus, a large number of drugs actually decreased in price. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - March 11, 2015
Post-nasal drip has a new name: upper airway cough syndrome or UACS. If you have a cough that won’t go away, along with nasal congestion, “dripping” mucus down the back of your throat, the sensation that you need to clear your throat, a hoarse voice, or if you wake up in the morning with “gunk” in the back of your throat . . . this may be you.
This very common cause of a cough that won’t go away, upper airway cough syndrome, can be allergic or nonallergic and may be related to a sinusitis. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 12, 2014
No, and it looks like it won’t be. Here are the reasons a panel of experts just voted to tell the FDA not to allow Singulair to be sold without a prescription. Singulair, now available as the generic montelukast, is a popular and effective allergy medication also used in asthmatics who have allergies. It is a leukotriene receptor antagonist which works differently than the other allergy meds (the non-sedating antihistamines like Claritin, Allegra or Zyrtec). See More
Roni Shye - April 10, 2013
It’s that time of the year again—the sun is shining, the temperature is rising (a little later than usual) and the smell of spring is in the air. But with spring comes allergy season and all the sneezing, congestion, and runny noses associated with it. Here are your GoodRx pharmacist’s tips on how to cope during allergy season!
What to watch for:
Allergic symptoms occur when you’re exposed to an allergen (basically, anything you’re allergic to—commonly, but not limited to dust mites, dander, mold, and pollen), causing an immune response in the body. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 13, 2012
Allergy and asthma sufferers will get relief of their symptoms and from the huge cost!
This month the FDA approved 10 generic versions of Singulair (montelukast) which will soon be available to you. This is a huge deal for people suffering from both asthma and allergies as this medication kills two birds with one stone. Singulair has been popular for that reason, as it works well for both allergies and asthma. See More