Xeljanz, Xeljanz XR (tofacitinib): Drug Safety Communication – Due to an Increased Risk of Blood Clots and Death with Higher Dose

[Posted 07/26/2019] AUDIENCE: Patient, Health Professional, Pharmacy, Gastroenterology, Rheumatology ISSUE: FDA has approved new warnings about an increased risk of blood clots and of death with the 10 mg twice daily dose of Xeljanz, Xeljanz XR (tofacitinib), which is used in patients with ulcerative colitis. In addition, the approved use of tofacitinib for ulcerative colitis will…

Fecal Microbiota for Transplantation: Safety Communication- Risk of Serious Adverse Reactions Due to Transmission of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms

[Posted 06/13/2019] AUDIENCE: Patient, Healthcare Professional ISSUE: The FDA is now aware of bacterial infections caused by multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) that have occurred due to transmission of a MDRO from use of investigational fecal microbiota for transplantation (FMT): Two immunocompromised adults who received investigational FMT developed invasive infections caused by extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Escherichia coli…

E-cigarette: Safety Communication – Related to Seizures Reported Following E-cigarette Use, Particularly in Youth and Young Adults

[Posted 04/03/2019]  AUDIENCE: Consumers, Emergency Medicine, Health Professionals  ISSUE: The FDA has become aware that some people who use e-cigarettes have experienced seizures, with most reports involving youth or young adult users. Seizures or convulsions are known potential side effects of nicotine toxicity and have been reported in the scientific literature in relation to intentional…

Certain Prescription Insomnia Medicines: New Boxed Warning – Due to Risk of Serious Injuries Caused by Sleepwalking, Sleep Driving and Engaging in Other Activities While Not Fully Awake

[Posted 04/30/2019] AUDIENCE: Patient, Health Professional, Pharmacy ISSUE: FDA is advising that rare but serious injuries have happened with certain common prescription insomnia medicines because of sleep behaviors, including sleepwalking, sleep driving, and engaging in other activities while not fully awake. These complex sleep behaviors have also resulted in deaths. These behaviors appear to be more…

The 10 Most Bizarre Ingredients in Medicines Today

My medication is made of what?! This is what I hear from patients when they learn what certain medications contain. You’d be surprised. From rooster parts to actual poop, here are 10 of the weirdest ingredients in prescription drugs today. 1) Gold   Gold, of course, has been used for thousands of years in jewelry,…

The 20 Most Expensive Drugs in the U.S.A.

Since May 2018 our research team has been tracking the 10 most expensive medications in the US. Six months on, we’ve decided to expand our list – and while more data is always good, the real reason isn’t so wonderful. Turns out, more drugs are coming out with sky-high prices. Since May, three newly approved…

Walmart Just Dropped And Added Drugs to Their Savings Program. Here’s What Changed

Just today, Walmart Pharmacy updated their savings program. While some new drugs have been added to the program, you may notice that Walmart no longer offers savings for your medication. Here’s what you need to know. Let’s start with the bad news. Walmart removed 58 drugs and dosages like estradiol, lisinopril/hctz and prednisone from their…

The Drug You Take Might Depend on Your Doctor and Your Location

The medication you’re prescribed is based on your symptoms and diagnosis, right? Not always. A new analysis of Medicare Part D prescription data by the GoodRx research team reveals that location and physician specialty can play a large part in exactly what medication you’re prescribed. In the case of statins, prescribers have a host of…

FDA Approves First Drug in 10 Years for Traveler’s Diarrhea

Jetsetters hit with the E. coli infection, known as traveler’s diarrhea, have a new treatment option. Aemcolo, approved by the FDA on November 16th, 2018, is the first drug in 10 years approved for traveler’s diarrhea and gives patients an alternative to the typically prescribed broad-spectrum antibiotics like ciprofloxacin and Xifaxan. What is Aemcolo for?…

These Drugs Could Increase Your Risk of Dementia

When asked about the medical condition they fear the most, adults overwhelmingly point to dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s-related dementia. Treatment options for dementia are dismal, so the focus needs to be on prevention. It might be hard to believe, but risk factors for dementia include common things like diabetes, high blood pressure, physical inactivity—and even some…