Gardasil for boys

Gardasil is a quadrivalent vaccine against Human Papillomavirus. It provides full immunity against the four types of HPV that are known causes of cervical cancer. There are more than 30 types of this virus. The virus is the cause of genital warts. HPV infections will affect 4 out of 5 adults at some point in their life.

Initially, Gardasil was approved for females before the age of 26 to protect and prevent cervical cancer.

Now, Gardasil is approved for use in MALES. The vaccine will protect against 90% of genital warts cases. Human papillomavirus causes genital wart. Genital warts can cause penile cancer and can be easily spread to sexual partners.

Our practice provides this vaccine and recommend it as an excellent method to prevent cancer. More information can be obtained through a CDC webcast or from the manufacturers of the vaccine, Merck.

Prescription Drug Plans

One of the most expensive parts of medical care is the cost of medications. For primary care providers, these are the drugs used to treat diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol disorders, depression, infections and gastrointestinal complaints. The Publix pharmacies will now dispense for FREE some antibiotics. These are the most common antibiotics used for community acquired infections. Publix also will fill some diabetes medications, such as metformin at no charge. If you have a Publix brand glucometer, they will also fill the test strips at no charge. One recent change in diabetic care guidelines is that patients with Type 2 diabetes, or insulin resistant diabetes, may not need to check their blood sugar using a finger stick any longer. The glycohemoglobin that is ordered by your doctor is usually all that is needed to assess how well your blood sugar is controlled.

A few years ago, Prilosec was released to be sold over-the-counter(OTC). The Prilosec OTC is the exact same medication as the drug once available only by prescription. Now, a few other proton pump inhibitors used to treat reflux esophagitis will be sold over-the-counter. Prevacid is now available OTC. Soon, Zegerid will be available, too. Most insurance companies will refuse to cover the prescriptions forms of these OTC drugs. Additionally, they will require proof of use and failure of TWO of these OTC brands before they will paid for any of the remaining proton pump inhibitors. Prilosec is sold as a store brand and will be labeled Omeprazole. It is the most inexpensive option and has the exact same efficacy as once prescription only Prilosec.

Remember, reflux is often easiest to treat by avoiding the common triggers: large meals, late meals, lying down within two hours of a meal, carbonation, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and peppermint. Also, being overweight can contribute to reflux.

Lastly, the drugs used to lower cholesterol or triglycerides now have generic choices. Depending on how much of a reduction is the goal for your cholesterol, the choice of drugs may vary. It is best to make an appointment to see your provider to discuss other drug choices. Please note, there is no generic for Lipitor or Crestor.

There is a drug coupon website that may also be helpful.  www.internetdrugcoupons.com

Website updates

In the recent weeks, you may have signed onto our website only to get a dire warning that the site was infected and potentially dangerous to your personal computer. Here is an update:

Our ISP provider had a malware attack on THEIR servers. They are our hosting vendor. We have been assured that their system is now cleansed of the malware. You can now download all forms necessary for your office visit. We apologize for any inconvenience.