Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: A friend put together Vaccinehawk, an updater for Walgreens sites

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: A friend put together Vaccinehawk, an updater for Walgreens sites

A friend, Jake Bialer, put together a vaccine appointment availability updater for the Walgreen’s pharmacy site nationwide, describing it as “an independent effort to make vaccine availability more transparent.” It’s particularly useful for  booking eligible people at Walgreens, or for “leftover” or “waitlist” or “standby” vaccines at a place where unused vaccine might be available […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Availability expands in New York, and a new flood of seekers enters the fray

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Availability expands in New York, and a new flood of seekers enters the fray

People with underlying conditions are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in New York state tomorrow, Feb. 15. Today, Feb. 14, is the day that the online portals opened to such people for scheduling. And it was insane. Sites crashed. Tempers frayed. The people who had been having trouble booking before are still having trouble booking. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Second doses, state lines and distribution problems (and successes)

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Second doses, state lines and distribution problems (and successes)

We’ve been following the Covid vaccine distribution in the New York area, trying to reflect people’s experiences on the ground. Here are some suggestions and observations from my acquaintances and friends on social media. Facebook, Connecticut and New York “If you have a parent that is 75 or over go to the Stamford Hospital Website […]

How much does Lialda (mesalamine) cost, $25, $255 or $1,008?

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How much does Lialda (mesalamine) cost, $25, $255 or $1,008?

A friend writes: “What a PIA… I read that article back then… How much time do I spend researching this? “Here it goes – Lialda 1.2g DR Tab – 120 tablets, generic mesalamine $710 retail price at Costco, $324.80 with free coupon through GoodRx https://www.goodrx.com/lialda $517 retail price at CVS, $346 with free coupon through […]

Pharmacies morph into primary-care health destinations: HealthPopuli.com

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Pharmacies morph into primary-care health destinations: HealthPopuli.com

“The business and mission of pharmacies are being re-shaped by several major market forces, most impactful being uncertain health reform prospects at the Federal level — especially for Medicaid, which is a major payor for prescription drugs,” Jane Sarasohn-Kahn writes over at Health Populi. “Medicaid covered 14% of retail prescriptions dispensed in 2016, according to QuintilesIMS; […]

Pharmacy raises price of generic drug 3,000%: Problem and solution

Pharmacy raises price of generic drug 3,000%: Problem and solution

“You probably remember hearing the news a few weeks ago about a greedy hedge fund manager who acquired the rights to sell a life-saving medication just so he could raise the price of it by about 5,000%,” Dr. David Belk writes over at Huffington Post. “That was a pretty evil thing to do, and it showcased […]

How Health Insurance Companies Keep Your Premiums High: Guest post

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How Health Insurance Companies Keep Your Premiums High: Guest post

  GUEST POST SUMMARY: Many insurance plans make you go to an approved doctor at an approved hospital for approved procedures and take approved drugs. Even doctors often don’t have much say in this. We hand all this control to insurance companies and they use it, they say, to control their own costs. Is that all […]

How much does a flu shot cost? $14.99 or $35? Or $31.99, or $28?

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  How much does a flu shot cost? So far: $31.99 at Walgreen’s, and $14.99 at Costco for a “trivalent shot,” as you can see from this picture I took the other day. This map from flushot.healthmap.org says the Stop & Shop up the road is charging $35 for the same thing, while Target charges […]

How much does a flu shot cost? $19.99 at Costco, $50 at CVS MinuteClinic. Here’s a price list, and map.

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How much does a flu shot cost? $19.99 at Costco, $50  at CVS MinuteClinic. Here’s a price list, and map.

Flu shot costs are all over the map. For some of us it doesn’t matter: Many people have their whole cost covered by insurance, get their shot for free at work, or have a low enough co-pay. For others it matters a lot: imagine a family of five who’s uninsured. If you are covered by […]

A groundbreaking lab test startup: A Drop of Blood. An Instant Diagnosis

There’s a new lab testing service that is quick, painless, inexpensive and  more accurate than the current systems, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. It’s called Theranos, and it was founded by a Stanford dropout named Elizabeth Holmes. It is announcing a partnership on Monday with Walgreen’s to do quick blood testing […]