Tori Marsh - September 17, 2018
Smoke from more than 50 massive wildfires across the Western United States is spreading, causing smoky skies, breathing challenges, and high prescription fill rates for asthma medications—even for cities in the Midwest and on the East Coast.
According to a nationally representative sample of prescriptions, fills for asthma medications this July and August were more than 20% higher than normal in Oregon, Washington, Montana and Northern California. See More
Tori Marsh - May 25, 2018
Proair is a common rescue inhaler used to treat asthma attacks, but it’s not cheap. Cash prices for one asthma inhaler average around $85. What’s more, since 2016, cash prices for Proair have increased by almost 70% — from $52 per inhaler to over $80 — and there’s still no generic available.
Tori Marsh - April 18, 2018
In 2013, the New York Times published an expose on the high price of asthma inhalers, in an article headlined “The Soaring Cost of a Simple Breath.”
So what’s happened in the 5 years since? Prices have only gotten worse.
A GoodRx analysis of cash prices for asthma inhalers shows that prices have climbed about 35% since 2013, from an average price of around $280 in 2013 to more than $380 today.
Roni Shye - 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
Roni Shye - 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
Roni Shye - 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
Roni Shye - 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.
Are albuterol and levalbuterol considered rescue or maintenance inhalers?
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