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Katie Mui - May 19, 2018
It’s no secret that asthma inhalers have gotten expensive, and there are no signs of soaring prices slowing down. Even under Medicare Part D, asthma inhalers are high-ticket drugs. They’re listed under Medicare’s higher-tier, “non-preferred” or “specialty” drug categories, which pushes the cost of these medications onto the 43 million Americans enrolled in Part D.
Whether or not you’re enrolled in Medicare, asthma inhalers can be pricey. See More
Tori Marsh - May 17, 2018
Viagra, Symbicort, Plavix — these are some of the drugs that insurance companies stopped paying for this year, leaving many people on the hook to shoulder the full price of often expensive medications. Why? Drugs are dropped from a formulary — as the list of medications covered by an insurance plan is called — if they’re seldom used or if there are generic or more affordable options available.
To get around these formulary changes and save on your next prescription, consider the following GoodRx-approved tips. See More
Jeroen van Meijgaard - March 23, 2018
Prescriptions for asthma inhalers surged by over 40% in the San Francisco Bay Area in the month of last October’s Northern California fires in Napa and Sonoma counties, according to a GoodRx analysis of pharmacy data.
In Marin County, inhaler prescriptions climbed by 78% in Oct. 2017, with prescriptions in Napa rising by 67% and San Francisco, Sonoma, and Contra Costa climbing by about 50% in the month during the fires. See More
Tori Marsh - December 15, 2017
Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol) is a common maintenance inhaler, taken on a daily basis to treat asthma and COPD, but it’s not cheap. Cash prices average around $323 for one inhaler, and out of pocket costs for those who fill Symbicort regularly can be unmanageable.
Symbicort works well. Around 60% of people rate that Symbicort is ‘worth it’, according to our friends at Iodine. If Symbicort works well for you, or your doctor thinks it’s best for you, how can you make it more affordable? Here’s some information about Symbicort and how you can save. See More
Roni Shye - October 13, 2017
Asthma can feel different for everyone affected by it. For some people, allergies and various environmental allergens play a major role in the severity of their asthma. For others, triggers like perfume or exercise can lead to breathing problems.
If you have asthma, your doctor will most likely prescribe you a controller inhaler as well as a rescue inhaler. Controller or maintenance inhalers like Symbicort, Advair, and Flovent are used regularly to decrease the inflammation and swelling in the lungs associated with asthma. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 03, 2017
Combination inhalers prescribed for asthma, smoking lung disease (COPD), or persistent cough after an upper respiratory infection are some of the top selling drugs in the United States. Several steroid + long acting bronchodilator combinations are currently available: the older Advair and Symbicort and the newer Dulera and Breo Ellipta.
Roni Shye - 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