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Valsartan Recall Reaching into 2019

The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting public health and ensures the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and ensures the safety of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation (What We Do). As part of this mission, the FDA sometimes ...

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So You Missed Open Enrollment?

Open enrollment for 2019 ran from November 1 through December 15, 2018. You may be kicking yourself for missing the dates, but there are still options if you missed open enrollment. You can still have insurance coverage. You can still have medical care. Pay Cash You can pay cash for medical care at a decreased rate when you make arrangements ...

Medication

Right to Try

In May, President Trump signed the Right to Try Act into law, making it possible for terminally ill patients to try medicines that are not approved by the federal government for market. This type of legislation has been around since 2014, when Colorado became the first state to enact Right to Try, but it is gaining attention in the news as patients...

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Traveling With Medications

Every year over 100 million people travel globally. Many are visiting their families and loved ones and some just want to get away during their time off work.  Wherever you may be traveling this season, make sure you have everything you need, and that includes your medications. Plan Ahead When it comes to your packing list, make sure you include...

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The Truth About Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

Throughout the year on social media, certain posts reach viral status. Just recently, a post re-emerged after laying dormant for several months. It was originally published in March 2017 and is making the rounds again. The Mountains and Mustard Seeds blog post entitled "This Antibiotic Will Ruin You" has been shared on Facebook  2.1 million time...

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Types of Administration: Which Route is Right for You?

When your doctor is discussing treatment options with you, there may be short discussion about the best route, or not. It's important that you know the difference in order to be part of the discussion. Oral Route The most common, oral administration is by mouth. It can be liquid, capsules, tablets, or chewables. Oral medications are the most comm...

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An Overview of Current Drug Shortages

As consumers in America, all of the information you need is at your fingertips. You might have found out about current drug shortages when your pharmacy raised the cost for prescription drugs, or when you couldn't get a certain medication while in the hospital. Your increased rates of necessary medications may be due to many reasons. For example,...

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Drug Recalls

Where to Find Them, What to Do

Whether you’re using a medication as an ongoing treatment for a medical condition or it’s a short term treatment, you need to take drug recalls seriously. A drug recall is like a fire drill: it may be because the manufacturer failed a portion of an assessment, or it could be because an incorrect ingredient was used. No matter what, it needs to ...

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Pfizer to Postpone Drug Price Hikes

As of July 1, the pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, raised list prices on around 40 medications. The company makes and markets over 400 medicines and vaccines, meaning the drug hikes affected only 10 percent of their portfolio. Still, the changes brought outrage after President Trump suggested in May that the public would soon be seeing manufacturers v...

Of all the news coming from Washington D.C. in recent weeks, none may affect you more than the good news coming today--lowering the price of drugs. President Trump will speak on the topic extensively, revealing his vision for lowering drug prices, and his specific actions to do so. These specific actions will not require the approval of Congress, m...

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Safe Storage and Disposal of Meds

You can avoid a lot of headache and heartache by storing and disposing of your medications safely and properly. Storing meds incorrectly can cause them to lose potency, work less effectively, and may even lead to adverse effects. If you're not sure how a medication should be stored, check the paperwork that came from the pharmacy, or call them and ...

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Dietary Supplements: What You Should Know

Not all pills are created equal-especially when it comes to medications and supplements. The Food and Drug Administration has stringent requirements for pharmaceutical manufacturers when it comes to medications. Can the same be said of supplements? The Label Should Be True The claim on the label should be true, but these claims are not evaluated ...

Nearly every one of your favorite local pharmacies offer a discount option. Plans include extensive generic drug lists that are available in a month’s supply for $4, or a 90 day supply for $10. When writing prescriptions, many doctors ask if you want to use the $4 plan. If so, they will write for the generic equivalent of the medication you need ...

Medication

Pill Splitting

What You Need to Know

You can save boatloads of cash by talking to your doctor about pill splitting. In many cases you can save up to 50% on your medications, because pills with twice the strength are not twice the price! In order to help patients obtain the treatment they need, many doctors are more than willing to write prescriptions for double strength. Because pharm...

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Ordering Meds OnlineBetter Safe Than Sorry

Better Safe Than Sorry

For years consumers have been weary of online pharmacies. Even with the entrance of 1800 Contacts in 1995, which streamlined ordering for all of the major vision care companies, online pharmacies for prescription drugs are still not widely used or trusted by consumers--and for good reason. Until recently, there was not a way to identify online scam...

It can be difficult to navigate the world of medicine, especially when it comes to obtaining costly prescription medications. The last thing you want is to spend a lot of money on a medication you cannot use. Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) account for 3-6% of hospital admissions[1], and 15-20% of these ADRs are considered Type B, or unpredicted react...


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