Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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  1. Stella Fitzgibbons MD says:

    One of the first questions I ask patients on multiple meds is whether they have any problem affording them. Too often the answer is “Well, most of them are no problem, but that Diabetamonster is $200 a month.” I ask, “Have you ever tried metformin?” “No, what’s that?”
    I see too many people who START their diabetic journey on meds that are less well-tested and more likely to cause hypoglycemia than ones you can get for $4 a month…because “This stuff is the latest thing in diabetes” (or hypertension, or whatever). Just what is the problem–patients who want to be trendy, or doctors who think patients expect it? Thank God I spend part of my professional time at a clinic for the uninsured, where we HAVE to stick to the $4 list or get the patient on a free-pills plan from the pharma company. My patients’ hypertension does just fine on older meds…and they’re not paying for somebody’s marketing campaign.

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