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Letter from the Editor: Donut Hole OTC Recommendations

Jun 20, 2010
 

I spent some time in the pharmacy last week and it was somewhat frightening to see just how many Medicare patients have reached the donut hole already and the year is not even half over. I took time looking for copay lowering cards on the internet just to help the other patients with insurance and really high copay amounts. My interns were hard at work going through patient profiles looking for ways to save them money. Two of them came to me and asked if they could recommend OTC products to replace a couple of prescription items and I asked them to show me why. Find out what Pharm D Candidate, Katy E. Wallis, discovered about Niaspan vs. Niacin and then Doctorial Candidate, Jason Besser, answers the question, Are over-the-counter Omega-3 products as effective as Lovaza®?

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