People suffering from a toenail fungal infection, or onychomycosis, may be prescribed Jublia. This topical solution is relatively new on the market and available with a prescription. Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2014. The generic name is efinaconazole, which is part of a group of drugs classified as azole antifungals. Potential side effects to be aware of include irritation at the site of application, ingrown toenail, burning, redness, pain, itching, stinging, burning, swelling and blisters.
Jublia was developed to resolve toenail infections specifically caused by a fungus, not bacteria. For specific categories of fungus, the medication brings fungal growth to a halt. Before any attempt at self-diagnosis, schedule an appointment with your general practitioner or podiatrist. There are four types of onychomycosis and the diagnosis will rely on the results of microscopy and fungal culture. In addition to these test results, your physician should consider any other medications that may be contraindicative.
Conscientiously wash hands before and after using the product. Scrupulously clean the area of infection, and use the brush provided in the package. Apply no less than 10 minutes after a cleaning, shower or bath. Most likely, your medical practitioner will suggest a daily application for an extended period of time. As with most daily medications, it is best to administer at the same time of day. A daily ritual is the easiest to remember.
Part D Medicare Insurance Coverage
Part D is the Medicare insurance for prescription drugs. If you have Original Medicare, you can enroll in a stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan (PDP). As an alternative, you can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan that includes your Part A and Part B benefits. Many Medicare Advantage plans include additional coverage including prescription drugs.
Workers may already have prescription drug coverage when they become eligible for Medicare; through an employer or union, as an example. In that case, if the current plan is projected to pay an average of what would be paid out by standard Medicare coverage, it may be deemed as creditable prescription drug coverage. In this scenario, workers would generally be permitted to maintain the existing plan and not be subject to a penalty should they decide to enroll in Medicare drug coverage at a later date.
Medicare Coverage for Jublia
Medicare Part D plans can vary in coverage and costs. Each plan has its own formulary, or list of covered drugs. These drugs include generic and brand-name drugs and will have different tiers of pricing. If your Medicare drug coverage includes Jublia, you will likely still be responsible for a copayment or coinsurance.