Iodine: Just what the doctor ordered?

Iodine, a new online database of both prescription and non-prescription drug information, launched today. Users can look up a drug and read about its efficacy, side effects, warnings, and costs. Also included is a consumer-friendly version of the drug’s package insert. In addition, the site provides data from other consumers about their experiences with the drug. It’s an ambitious project, … Continue reading Iodine: Just what the doctor ordered?

Intermezzo, another ‘new’ drug that isn’t

I just saw a commercial for a “new” prescription drug. Only it isn’t. Not really. Intermezzo is “for the treatment of insomnia when a middle-of-the-night awakening is followed by difficulty returning to sleep.” There is nothing new about this drug except its name. It is zolpidem — generic Ambien. But because you dissolve it under your … Continue reading Intermezzo, another ‘new’ drug that isn’t

$4 generic prescriptions: a bargain or just sleight of hand?

Wal-Mart started it. The $4 generic prescription deal. Saves hundreds of dollars for millions of patients. Or does it? Recently my supermarket pharmacy joined the $4 prescription parade so I’m finally going to get an up-close look at all the hoopla. Until now, convenience has trumped price shopping, and I haven’t been willing to drive … Continue reading $4 generic prescriptions: a bargain or just sleight of hand?