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
Roni Shye - January 03, 2018
It’s officially 2018, which means it’s time to make those new year’s resolutions.
While it might be easy to stick to the resolutions for a few days, sometimes life can catch up with us. So how do you make those difficult new years resolutions stick? Here are some tips from the pharmacist to help you achieve your goals this year.
Lose those extra pounds
If you’ve decided that 2018 is going to be the year you lose that extra baggage you’ve been carrying—congratulations! Losing weight can help with a number of health problems like diabetes, high cholesterol, and joint problems to name a few. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 25, 2017
Almost half of Americans have used a prescription medication in the past 30 days, for a wide variety of benefits. The benefits of medications are the helpful effects you get when you use them, such as lowering blood pressure, treating infection, or relieving pain. Turns out there are some standout medications that can accomplish two or more things, sometimes with very different effects. More than one benefit? That’s a nice upside . See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - November 15, 2016
We hear “false positive” as a defense from professional athletes all the time when it comes to drug screens—but unexpected results on drug tests really do happen.
A urine drug screen tests for the presence of certain illegal drugs and prescription medications. You may be more likely to be tested when applying for a job than when playing professional sports, but you could also be affected by a false positive. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - April 05, 2016
A recent study made headlines reporting that quitting smoking abruptly has a better quit rate than using a gradual approach. This wasn’t news to many doctors—the “cutting-down” approach has never seemed to work as well as quitting cold turkey.
Well, what else do we know?
- First—smokers who quit abruptly are more likely to keep from using from tobacco than those who use a gradual cessation method. Cold turkey is your best bet for quitting, 8 weeks later, those who quit cold turkey remain abstinent at higher rates than those who try “cutting-down. See More
Roni Shye - November 19, 2014
Each year, the Great American Smokeout takes place on the third Thursday of November, sponsored by The American Cancer Society. This year’s Smokeout is on November 20, 2014!
The first Great American Smokeout took place at Union Square in San Francisco, California on November 16, 1977 and it has successfully continued for 39 years and counting.
The goal is to encourage tobacco users to think about kicking their habit—whether it’s cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or other forms of tobacco—for 24 hours. See More
Roni Shye - February 11, 2014
It’s no secret that tobacco can cause cancer, especially since the tobacco manufacturers are required to put that information on the label. However, 43.8 million adults (1 in 5 people) currently smoke cigarettes according to the American Cancer Society. And cigarettes are not the only tobacco product that Americans use—a survey from 2010 conducted by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration found that 8. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 26, 2012
Chantix (varenicline) is a nicotine agonist used to help quit smoking. Chantix is effective because it provides some nicotine effects to help with withdrawal symptoms while also blocking the effects of nicotine if the smoker relapses. Most other smoking cessation treatments either try to replace nicotine or mimic the effects of nicotine by inhibiting dopamine reuptake. Chantix was found to be more effective than nothing (placebo) and more effective than Zyban (bupropion sr, Buproban – with the same active ingredient as Wellbutrin) for quitting tobacco. See More