• Category Archives Medications
  • PillPack Launches Service to Reinvent the Retail Pharmacy Experience

    PillPack, the pharmacy that simplifies medication management, has launched in 31 states, with additional states expected throughout 2014. The company has raised $4 million to date from Atlas Venture, Founder Collective, and angel investors.

    “Managing medications is a complicated and stressful chore for people who have multiple prescriptions,” said TJ Parker, PharmD, a second-generation pharmacist and CEO of PillPack. “PillPack is a pharmacy that’s making the end-to-end process both simple and understandable. We’ve used modern technology and a healthy dose of design to reinvent the entire pharmacy experience.”

    PillPack is initially focused on people with the toughest challenge – the 30 million people (one in 10) in the US who take more than five medications every day. PillPack customers receive all their prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and vitamins in a two-week roll of individual packs organized by date and time, replacing error-prone pill boxes and manual solutions. PillPack pharmacists are available 24 hours a day to answer questions and provide support.

    “PillPack is a breath of fresh air for anyone who has spent endless hours counting pills, coordinating medications and navigating a complex system that causes frequent and often serious errors,” said Fred Destin, a partner with Atlas Venture. “PillPack customers spend less time dealing with medication and more time doing the things they enjoy, all while finding it incredibly simple to consistently take the right medication at the right time.”

    As part of the financing, Destin and David Frankel, a partner with Founder Collective, joined the PillPack board. Other notable investors include IDEO, TechStars, Zen Chu, Sridhar Iyengar, Lucy McQuilken, Andy Palmer, David Tisch, and Walter Winshall.

  • Families Can Turn to Smartphones for Prescription Saving Solutions

    With the drug price index continuing to rise and median incomes decreasing, families are looking to their smartphones for solutions to save money.

    “Consumers are recognizing the rising costs of prescription drugs and LowestMed is the solution for everyone looking to save money,” said Brad Bangerter, CEO of LowestMed. “Our app and discount card makes it easy for you to compare prescription prices at the pharmacies in your neighborhood.”

    LowestMed is the first free mobile app in the industry to provide consumers with the ability to view and compare prescription drug prices at leading supermarket and pharmacy chains in their neighborhood. It is available on iPhone, Android, and Windows phone devices. LowestMed offers free and confidential pharmacy savings in the palm of your hand for those on company plans and individual plans under the ACA, as well as those who choose not to buy health insurance.

    The LowestMed app is as simple as typing your prescription into your smartphone. Customers do not need to enter any personal information and LowestMed does not track prescriptions.

  • Which Medications Are Used To Treat Genital Warts?

    You can find genital wart treatments in both over the counter and by prescription medications. Most doctors will tell you that over the counter remedies are to be avoided. These medications to treat genital warts often contain chemicals that can be abrasive or damaging to the skin.

    The most common prescription medications used to treat genital warts are Podofilox, imiquimod, and TCA. Podofilox is available as either a liquid or a gel. This medication works by killing the genital wart tissue. You can use it at home, and it has been effective in about 65% of the cases where it has been used. Doctors often prescribe Podofilox because it’s safe and easy to apply. However, in the case of a pregnant woman treating genital warts, Podofilox can be harmful and may be a factor in causing birth defects.

    Sometimes doctors prescribe a cream that contains imiquimod. This is another remedy that you can apply yourself at home. Imiquimod medications often cost more than Podofilox, but they are safer. Imiquimod fights genital warts by lending a helping hand to your immune system. It has been proven effective in about half of the cases where it has been used.

    TCA, or trichloracetic acid, is a remedy that must be used at the doctor’s office. It is a caustic agent, and because it can be harmful to the skin, it cannot be used at home. The doctor puts TCA directly on the warts and it kills them. TCA is considered the most effective of the three treatment methods, but it is inconvenient and requires weekly trips to the doctor until the warts are gone.

    There is also a medical procedure that can be used to treat genital warts along with a prescription medicine. This is alpha interferon, an anti-viral that is injected into the wart tissue. It is often not used because it is expensive and is not effective in preventing further wart outbreaks.

    When considering treatment, remember that there is no cure. Genital warts are caused by the HPV virus, and getting rid of the warts does not do anything about the virus itself. Even after successful treatment for genital warts, you may experience outbreaks again in the future. Your doctor will recommend what he or she thinks is best, depending on the nature of your genital wart outbreak.

    For more information, consult NIAID, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a specialized part of the National Institutes of Health. NIAID works to research, prevent and treat sexually transmitted disease like AIDs and HPV. You can find more detailed information on genital wart treatment by consulting their website.