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New Drug Developments

New Drug DevelopmentsThe science of medicine is always marching on. Today’s pharmaceuticals are providing greater benefits than we’ve ever seen before, and with each improvement our chances of living a long, productive life go up just a little bit more. Here are just two new drugs that are coming soon to a pharmacy near you.

 

Entresto

Heralded as a “game-changer,” Entresto is a simple twice-a-day tablet which can effectively treat chronic heart failure, a condition usually brought about by high blood pressure or a heart attack. Under normal circumstances, chronic heart failure worsens over time and towards the end the only way to combat it is through invasive heart surgery and pacemakers.

In a large-scale clinical trial, Entresto showed a 20 percent reduction in deaths and hospitalizations due to heart failure when compared to the leading alternative, enalpril. The FDA was so impressed with these results that it put the new drug on the fast-track to approval.

Entresto is not for everyone, as side effects include excessively low blood pressure, kidney impairment, and an allergic reaction. Additionally, right now we’re only certain that it can help fewer than half of all cases of heart failure.

 

Rexulti

Schizophrenia and major depression are two medical conditions that can severely impact a person’s ability to live a normal life. With schizophrenia, it’s as if your own senses have betrayed you, making you think that there are voices where there are none, and you believe that things are happening to you that really aren’t. Depression is even more common, and it effectively takes all the spice out of living. Depression isn’t about sadness, it’s a state of mind that makes you wonder why you even bother getting out of bed in the morning.

The newly approved drug Rexulti promises to help with both conditions. In separate clinical studies, patients with schizophrenia showed a definite improvement over a placebo, and those with clinical depression also felt relief when Rexulti was paired with an antidepressant. Side effects are generally limited to weight gain and a desire to get up and move around.

 

And The Cost?

There is one unfortunate side effect associated with every new drug: the cost. Before the patent expires, there are no generics to offer a cheaper alternative, and that means brand name prices all day every day. Because of this guaranteed expense, many insurers are hesitant to cover new drugs even when they’re irreplaceable and provide guaranteed results.

Fortunately, even if your insurance policy doesn’t cover certain drugs, the USA Rx pharmacy discount card does. Whether you need new drugs or old, name brands or generics, the USA Rx card can get you discounts of up to 75 percent off in over 60,000 pharmacies around the country. To learn more about our program, call us at 888-277-3911 or email us at [email protected].