Category Archives: Pharmaceuticals

What’s So Special About Normal Saline?

I’m stumped! Of all the prescriptions I’ve filled over the years living with chronic illness, guess what is the toughest to get my hands on? Pre-filled saline syringes. Yep – you read it right! Normal saline! These 10 ml syringes don’t even have needles! I use them to “flush the line” of the drain from… Read More »

Jakafi to the Rescue

Myelofibrosis Treatment Banishes Behcet’s… Coincidence? I think Not About one month after my Autumn 2009 PV (polycythemia vera) diagnosis, I started getting unexplainable lesions in most inconvenient locations (I’ve shared this over a year ago). After several months of excluding many possibilities, it was diagnosed as “Behcet’s Disease/Syndrome” or “Probably Behcet’s” in March, 2010.  I… Read More »

URL Pharma Price-Gouging of Colcrys Is a Pain in the Foot

When I had my first gout attacks as a result of my Polycythemia Vera, the doctor prescribed colchicine to provide relief.  Colchicine is a generic drug that is 1,500 years old (it comes from the seeds of the autumn crocus) and was used by the ancient Egyptians and others to reduce inflammation and other pains.… Read More »

Got Behcet’s?

Behcet’s Disease Awareness Day —  May 20th If you don’t know about Behcet’s, consider yourself lucky! Learn more here: American Behcet’s Disease Association Info on Behcet’s Disease The major BD symptoms include:  ulcers in the mouth, ulcers/lesions on the genitals, eye inflammation, arthritis, skin rash/acne. Other symptoms may include: skin lesions, bowel/intestinal inflammation and lesions, fatigue, meningitis,… Read More »