The GoodRx Pharmacist - October 06, 2014
Advair Diskus and Symbicort are both maintenance inhalers and often compared—so which one is right for you? You should know that they are both used to treat asthma and COPD, but they also have several differences including active ingredients, directions for use, and insurance coverage.
A quick note about maintenance inhalers:
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 - June 17, 2014
Half of patients with asthma or COPD aren’t using their inhalers properly. Inhaler mishandling has dire consequences—but inhalers are getting much better. With new ones hitting the market every month, you need to get to know them.
Does it matter if your inhaler is a Diskus, Turbohaler or Ellipta? These are all dry powder inhalers (DPIs) and they all use a dry powder formulation of an active drug. They are different than the classic metered dose inhalers like Proventil HFA or Proair HFA. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - June 13, 2014
When the sun finally comes out and the weather starts to change, you can tell that summer is nearby. It’s a great time to spend more time outside, but you may be more prone to summertime illnesses and injuries like allergies, insect bites, sunburns, rashes, cuts and scrapes, dehydration, and asthma. Here are some things to watch out for:
It can sometimes be difficult to do outdoor activities in the hot summer sun even if you don’t have asthma or breathing problems—if you do have asthma, you’ll want to be extra careful. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 05, 2013
Enough of you were using Advair Diskus (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol) to make it one of the top 10 selling drugs last year. Now, Express Scripts, the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager, will not cover it or Advair HFA (see more information here) and instead recommends Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol). So, what’s the deal?
Why do we need bronchodilators plus inhaled glucocorticoids in the first place?
Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 20, 2012
Asthma sufferers not only deal with a chronic problem but the high cost as well. When it comes to asthma there are quick-relief inhalers and long-term controller inhalers. Once your doctor has decided you need a long-term control inhaler (not just your albuterol inhaler), you will be faced with a choice of three. All three are expensive but which one is right for you?
Long acting bronchodilators (LABAs) mixed with an inhaled steroid have become the mainstay of asthma treatment for those with moderate asthma symptoms. See More