What Does It Mean to Be Immunocompromised During COVID-19?

In this current coronavirus pandemic, the WHO and the CDC have identified groups of people who are “at risk” for severe COVID-19 disease: adults older than 60 years old, people of any age with underlying medical conditions, and those who are immunocompromised. But what does it mean to be immunocompromised? And how do folks know if they are? Read more...

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Price of 500 prescription drugs have gone up this year

Prices for hundreds of prescription drugs in US have shot up in 2020. According to GoodRx, the prices of nearly 500 medications have gone up since Dec. 31. 2019. On average, the increase has been about 5 percent. Among the specific drugs with already raised prices are Eliquis (used to reduce risk of stroke in people with an irregular heartbeat), Truvada (an antiretroviral used to prevent HIV transmission), and Humira (used to treat some types of arthritis). The drug with the biggest price hike — 13 percent — was Cotempla XR, which is used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. Find out if your Medication is in this list.

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How can we reduce medication errors? The FDA says ‘blister packs.’

According to the FDA, over 1.3 million people are injured annually due to medication mistakes, which include dispensing errors in U.S. hospitals and pharmacies. Roger Bate, an economist and public health expert at the American Enterprise Institute, believes it may be safer to receive your medications in blister packs, whether dispensed locally or shipped by mail, and the FDA seems to agree. ADV-Care have been dispensing all its medication in its original manufacturer container including plaster packs. Read more...

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How do you know where a drug is manufactured?

Prescription drugs sold in the U.S. are manufactured in facilities located all over the world. Many medications you rely on are made in Australia, Canada, China, India, France, Germany, Japan, Malta, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Unfortunately, if you live in the U.S., and other countries as well, it can be quite the task to pinpoint exactly where your medication was made because companies are not required to list that information. Read more...

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