A supermarket chain in the Midwest United States, Meijer, has just announced that they will be giving away metformin at their pharmacies. Their program will include the 500mg, 850mg and 1000mg tablets of the immediate-release version of metformin. Of course, their pharmacies will want a doctor's prescription.
They're not the only ones: Publix, another supermarket chain, also recently announced a similar program of free metformin. These announcements surpass the pricing at Walmart and Target, both of whom have been selling metformin (and several sulfonylurea diabetes drugs) at $4.00 for sixty tablets. Walmart and Target do sell the extended-release version at this price, whereas Meijer's free offer excludes the extended-release form (and apparently excludes other diabetes drugs). By comparison, 90 metformin tablets cost between $17 and $20 at Medco by Mail, and probably more at your local bricks-and-mortar pharmacy.
Metformin, sold under brand names such as Glucophage and Gluc...
Next week I expect to resume my series of blogs called Choices in Recovery .
During our national political campaigns, there arises from our populace, media and candidates a litany condemning those members of Congress that are influenced by lobbyists and special interest groups. The outcry mimics the clamorous call of migrating Canadian geese. Like Canadian geese that head south to escape the freezing weather, our legislators try to distance themselves from the earmarks that served their constituents well and may even have gotten them re-elected.
This election cycle has been no exception. When confronted on this issue, many of our representatives and senators do a soft shoe across the stage of their districts and states that rival that of the mayor in the Broadway hit "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" or "Mister Cellophane" in the movie "Chicago."
But we must be fair about this. Although there may be some unethical members of Congr...
Generic Name: METFORMIN - ORAL Pronounced: (met-FOR-min) Glucophage Oral Uses
Metformin is used with a proper diet and exercise program
and possibly with other medications to control high blood sugar. It is used in
patients with type 2 diabetes (non-insulin-dependent diabetes). Controlling
high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss
of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also
lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Metformin works by helping to
restore your body's proper response to the insulin you naturally produce. It
also decreases the amount of sugar that your liver makes and that your
How To Use Glucophage Oral
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from
your pharmacist before you start taking metformin and each time you get a
refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or
Take this medication ...
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