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The latest updates on prescription drugs and ways to save from the GoodRx medical team
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Publix Launches Low-Cost Prescription Drug ProgramJanuary 23, 2018

We have some good news if you have a Publix pharmacy near you.

Publix has launched a new savings program offering 29 common medications at a discounted rate—$7.50 for a 90 day supply. Popular medications on this list include simvastatin, omeprazole, gabapentin, and alendronate. This program is available for both insured and uninsured patients, and there are no membership fees. A full list of included medications and dosages are available here. See More

How to Stop SnoringJanuary 22, 2018

Snoring is extremely common and 70% of folks with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) snore. On the other hand, those who suffer from snoring do not necessarily have OSA. Snoring is caused by the vibration of soft tissues obstructing the throat during sleep.

Patients and their partners often seek help from their doctor with the primary complaint of snoring. Remember, if you have significant obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) wearing a nighttime CPAP device is the solution. See More

3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Cold and Flu MedsJanuary 19, 2018

By now, you’ve probably heard that this year’s flu season is getting pretty bad (or “moderately severe”, as the CDC puts it), with widespread flu activity all across the U.S. We believe prevention is the best medicine, but certain strains, like this year’s H3N2 virus, are more resistant to the flu shot.   

So if you find yourself feeling feverish and with chills, congestion, runny nose, or body aches (among other common cold and flu symptoms), you might be tempted to head to your local drugstore. See More

Tamiflu Prescriptions Reveal Shocking Flu TrendJanuary 19, 2018

A recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed what we already knew: this year’s flu is bad. Since October, widespread influenza activity has been reported in 49 states, resulting in 20 pediatric deaths and more than 6,000 influenza-related hospitalizations thus far. These rates surpass last year’s total numbers – and it’s only January.

One more way to see how bad the flu is this season: prescriptions for Tamiflu (oseltamivir), the most popular antiviral medication for treating the flu, are way up. See More

FDA Updates Safety Communication for Opioid Cough MedicinesJanuary 18, 2018

On January 11th, the FDA issued a drug safety communication for certain prescription cough and cold medications that contain codeine or hydrocodone.

Many prescription medications are to blame for our current opioid epidemic, especially in our adolescents and teens. Therefore, limiting the prescribing of unnecessary medications to children under 18 years of age is particularly important.

What is the significance of this safety communication?

The significance of this safety communication is that the benefit of a prescription cough and cold medications containing codeine or hydrocodone no longer outweigh the serious risks associated with their use. See More

Why is Humalog Expensive? And How Can You Save?January 17, 2018

Humalog (insulin lispro) is a fast-acting insulin used to treat diabetes type one and two. Doctors report low levels of adherence to insulins like Humalog because of its cost. Cash prices for Humalog average around $549 for five kwikpens, and there is no generic alternative for any insulin brand. Humalog generated billions of dollars in global sales for Eli Lilly in 2016.   

Here is some information on Humalog, and how you can save. See More

Why Taking Your Medications for These Common “Silent” Diseases is ImportantJanuary 16, 2018

If you’ve ever been afraid to show up at your doctor’s office because you’ve been “bad” then this post is for YOU!  You may think your doctor is “pushing medications on you” especially if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms of the condition they are treating you for. However, their reasoning is not without sound medical and professional judgment. 

One of the many reasons you might receive a lecture about the importance of taking your medications is due to the progressive nature of many diseases if not properly treated. See More

New Recommendations for All Type 2 DiabeticsJanuary 16, 2018

Just recently, the American Diabetes Association updated their guidelines to include the recommendation that certain Type 2 Diabetics add to their regimen one of two medications shown to lower the risk of death from stroke and heart disease. Here is the update:   

If you are a type 2 diabetic with established heart disease, aka atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and your target blood sugars aren’t being met with metformin and diet/exercise add Victoza injections 0r Jardiance. See More

Ten Things You May Not Know About TamifluJanuary 15, 2018

December and January are the high season for flu, and therefore, Tamiflu (oseltamivir). Here are some things to know about the pill that may save you from a couple nightmare days.

1. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) has activity against influenza A and B unlike amantadine and rimantadine (Flumadine), which only have activity against influenza A.   

2. Tamiflu reduces the time of improvement by 1. See More

Testosterone Replacement: Options for Treatment Have Gotten BetterJanuary 15, 2018

The first thing to understand about testosterone replacement is that oral testosterone (pills taken by mouth) doesn’t really work because it is broken down so quickly by the liver. The solution to this problem involves patches, gels, shots, and even nasal sprays. Here are your options, with some new players in the game.   

Testosterone patches

Androderm patches are meant to be worn on the arm or torso. See More