Megan N. Brown, PharmD, RPh - January 23, 2019
Around the same time Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, he also gave us a warning: Antibiotics will not work as well as they should if they’re used too often or for the wrong illnesses. He was talking about antibiotic resistance. Since their discovery, antibiotics have saved millions of lives, but bacteria are fighting back more and more.
Bacteria are small yet smart, and some of them are becoming what we call superbugs or antibiotic-resistant bacteria. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 31, 2018
Whether you’re traveling to a tropical destination or a winter wonderland, don’t let health issues throw a wrench in your plans. In addition to getting required vaccines for certain destinations, you’ll want to see your doctor or visit a travel medicine clinic for advice about packing some of the following medications, which may make your travels smoother.
1) Ondansetron (Zofran) for nausea
Food poisoning (or traveler’s diarrhea) is extremely common when traveling to foreign countries. See More
Megan N. Brown, PharmD, RPh - October 21, 2018
Deciding whether to wait out a sickness or head to the doctor’s office for antibiotics can be a tough choice to make. Untreated bacterial infections can have serious and deadly consequences, but side effects of antibiotics are no fun either. This post will give you an idea of what types of infections usually do—or don’t—require antibiotics.
How do antibiotics work?
Antibiotics are prescription-only medications that fight bacteria in one of two ways: they either kill bacteria or stop bacteria from growing. See More
Tori Marsh - October 11, 2018
Another month, another round of price increases. This September, six popular drugs saw substantial price increases, by as much as 9.8% in some cases.
The GoodRx Index also featured the following trends in the month of September:
- Flu season is starting. Prescription fills for popular cold and flu medications surged in September.
- Actimmune, used to treat osteoperosis and chronic granulomatous disease, continues to be the most expensive drug in the US at over $53,000 for a 30-day supply. See More
Megan N. Brown, PharmD, RPh - August 28, 2018
Before antibiotics were discovered, infections like pneumonia and tuberculosis were the leading causes of death in the US. Fortunately, we now have antibiotics to treat these diseases—we just have to remember to use them safely. After all, these infection-fighting medications can pose serious risks to you and thousands of other people who rely on antibiotics every day.
Life-threatening side effects and antibiotic resistance—when bacteria are no longer sensitive to an antibiotic—are concerns when it comes to antibiotic safety. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 17, 2018
The Z-Pack (Zithromax, azithromycin) is an antibiotic medication that unfairly gets a bad rap. True, it’s often incorrectly prescribed for sinus infections caused by viruses, which don’t respond to antibiotics. But Z-Packs offer many benefits we shouldn’t forget. Here are some of reasons why they’re still worth considering.
First, Z-Packs are easy to use and they’re cheap. They come as a pack of five pills, which you take daily over the course of five days, and they’re highly effective. See More
Roni Shye - May 16, 2018
Infants are exposed to germs that their newly developing immune system often cannot fight off on its own. In order to treat those nasty infections, many pediatricians will prescribe your child an oral antibiotic. But are these medications safe?
Although these antibiotics have their benefits, there may also be some downsides to their usage. Recently, results posted in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) show that using acid-suppressive medications and antibiotics in infants could increase the risk of potential allergies later in childhood. See More
Katie Mui - May 11, 2018
Every year, insurance companies change their prescription drug coverage, adding and removing certain medications from formularies. Of the 80 drugs dropped from formularies in 2018 by Express Scripts and Caremark (two of the largest companies that manage pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans), three are different versions of the same drug, doxycycline.
Which means that doxycycline, a commonly used antibiotic, is now a lot more expensive. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 10, 2018
“Can I get a Z-Pak?” is a question asked every day by our patients struggling with an upper respiratory infection. Trust me, I want to help you get better, but that’s not always the way to do it.
What is the Z-Pak used to treat?
The Z-Pak (Zithromax), is a five-day course of the antibiotic, azithromycin. It’s used to treat certain bacterial infections, including some sinus infections and upper respiratory tract infections (URIs) that lead to headaches, congestion, and runny noses. See More
Tori Marsh - February 27, 2018
It’s true: Drugs really are getting more expensive.
According to a new GoodRx analysis, the average list price for the top 100 prescription drugs climbed higher over the past year, even as concerns over high drug prices grow in the U.S.
Our top insights:
- List prices for prescription drugs rose 6% over the past 12 months
- Diabetes drugs were big drivers of the increase, rising 15% over the past 12 months
- Birth control drugs also got more expensive, with list prices nearly 8% higher over past year
- Prices for generic drugs rose more than 5% over the past 12 months
Using a GoodRx Index of the 100 most commonly prescribed drugs, we found that cash prices increased from an average of around $78 in February 2017 to over $81 this past January – an increase of 6%. See More