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Fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) has scheduled a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event provides a safe and easy way to dispose of expired or unwanted prescription drugs. Following are some figures on the initiative:
  • 1.5 million pounds of unused or expired medication nationally removed from public circulation
  • 13,965 pounds removed from Idaho
  • Fourth event removed 552,161 pounds on a national level with Idaho contributing 4,245 pounds
Refer to the following website for further information and posts on event locations.

Newly Available Generics

Let's face it, prescription drugs can be expensive!  However, there may be a generic substitute to the expensive brand-name prescription you are taking. Generic drugs are as safe and effective as their brand-name counterparts and typically cost much less (on average, generic drugs save 80 percent  compared to brand-name.)  If you are interested in cost savings, it is always a good idea to ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider if a generic is available.

Recently many commonly used brand-name medications have become available as generic equivalents.  These medications include:

  • Plavix© (clopidogrel), commonly used to prevent a secondary cardiovascular event (heart attack, etc.)
  • Lipitor© (atorvastatin), commonly used to reduce cholesterol and prevent a cardiovascular event
  • Lexapro© (escitalopram) commonly used to treat depression and anxiety
  • Seroquel© (quetiapine) commonly used to treat severe depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia
  • Actos ©(pioglitozone) commonly used as a secondary agent in treatment of type 2 diabetes
  • Singulair© (montelukast) commonly used in the treatment of asthma
  • Avapro ©(irbesartan) commonly used in the treatment of high blood pressure

Also, later this year both Diovan (valsartan) and Atacand (candesartan) will be available as generic equivalents.  With all of the available generic alternatives, why not save money and switch?  Remember to ask your pharmacist about switching to a generic medication.