The GoodRx Pharmacist - November 18, 2016
We have good news for the asthma community! A generic for Xopenex HFA, an inhalation aerosol used to treat bronchospasms, is available in pharmacies now!
The generic, levalbuterol, is a rescue inhaler used to immediately open the airways in your lungs for acute symptoms like shortness of breath, wheezing, or coughing. This is good news for your pocketbook!
What is levalbuterol used for?
Levalbuterol is indicted for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm in patients 4 years of age or older, with reversible obstructive airway disease. See More
Elizabeth Davis - August 17, 2016
Americans, get ready for sticker shock at the pharmacy.
In 2017, the nation’s largest insurance companies will likely exclude up to 154 different drugs from coverage. If you’re taking one of these prescriptions, your co-pay is about to go way, way up.
Last year, popular drugs including Viagra and Qsymia were dropped by major insurance plans for 2016. The trend continues this year. Almost 50 popular brand-name and generic drugs will likely no longer be covered by one of the nation’s largest prescription insurance providers. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - February 26, 2016
In December 2015, Ventolin HFA (albuterol) inhalers were recalled. The reason for the recall: there were a small number of canisters that did not have enough propellant—meaning the inhalers wouldn’t deliver the full 200 puffs the labeling promises.
Which manufacturer and strengths are affected?
The GoodRx Pharmacist - September 08, 2015
Get those lunches made and set the alarm clocks; school’s back in session.
Parents know that a new school year means new clothes, new books, maybe a new backpack—and perhaps a new set of prescriptions. As a pharmacist, I know the school year has started when frustrated parents show up at my store with lots of questions.
The good news is that I can help! Here are 5 helpful solutions for common back-to-school medication issues. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 10, 2014
Coughing brings many of you to the doctor. Most of this is acute bronchitis, an inflammation of the bronchi (airways) due to upper airway infection. For almost all of you, it is self-limited and will go away on its own. It may surprise you to know this respiratory condition is generally caused by a virus, but reports indicate that more than 60 to 90 percent of patients with acute bronchitis who come to the doctor are given antibiotics. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - October 15, 2014
As 2014 comes to a close, we should be thinking about what to expect for 2015. The start of a new year is a time for new challenges, new goals, and inevitably, a new prescription formulary.
What does this mean for you?
Express Scripts and Caremark have decided to make changes to the asthma rescue inhalers covered on their national preferred formularies, and have provided a list of covered alternatives. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - July 21, 2014
Albuterol and levalbuterol can be confusing right off the bat due to the sound-alike active ingredient names. Both are available as various brand name inhalers, though there are no generic albuterol or levalbuterol HFA inhalers at the moment. Both types of inhaler treat asthma and in some cases COPD, but they have different strengths and side effects and can vary in price.
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
Elizabeth Davis - October 29, 2013
For many Americans with health insurance, more than 50 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2014. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handles pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing almost 50 brands from their formularies at the end of 2013. More information is below.
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