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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving

Posted by on October 10th, 2014

Thanksgiving2014Did you know that the first Thanksgiving celebration in North America actually took place in Canada? Back in 1578 an English sailor by that name of Sir Martin Frobisher landed on an island in northeastern Canada. He held his Thanksgiving celebration not for the harvest but in thanks for surviving the long journey from England through the perils of storms and icebergs. This celebration took place 43 years before the pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Over the next few hundred years we celebrated Thanksgiving. It was on November 6th, 1879 that it was officially declared as a national holiday. It was changed again on January 31st, 1957, when the Canadian Parliament moved Thanksgiving to the second Monday in October. This change was required because after the World Wars, Remembrance Day (November 11th) and Thanksgiving kept falling on the same week. Another reason that Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving a month earlier, is that Canadian harvest season is finished sooner then our American neighbors to the south. Since Thanksgiving in Canada is more about giving thanks for the harvest season than the arrival of pilgrims, it makes sense to celebrate the holiday in October.

There are not many other differences between Canadian and American Thanksgiving, other than the date. Both Canadians and Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with parades, family gatherings, pumpkin pie and a lot of turkey!

From all of us at Canada Drugs, Happy Thanksgiving!

As we all get ready for Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend. We wanted to ask what you are doing to celebrate Thanksgiving this year? Do you have any family traditions that you’re looking forward to? Let us know all about your Thanksgiving plans!

Tips for Achieving Your Goals (a.k.a. New Years Resolutions)

Posted by on January 10th, 2014

The end of every year, and beginning of the New Year is a time to reflect on the year that has past, and look forward with enthusiasm to a new year. The New Year is a fresh start, a new beginning, and for many, a time to set new goals, break bad habits, try new things, and make life a little bit better than it was the year before.

We all make New Years Resolutions at some point or another. Perhaps, we make them every year and succeed, or maybe we have stopped making them because they just don’t turn out.

The thought of making New Years Resolutions is great in theory. I will “__________” on January 1st, 2014. But is it really that easy? Make a decision and stick it out on a date of your choosing. Um, if you are like most people, New Years Resolutions are easier said than done.

Yet on the flip side of that coin, we all know people that have done it. They set goals and achieve them exactly when they set out to do it. What is their secret? Are they just annoyingly perfect? Super-human?

Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, we can all agree that change is a part of life, and an important one at that, so why not keep striving to make life even just the tiniest bit better in 2014?

We have put together a list of 11 tips that can help you achieve your goals. Whether you believe in New Years Resolutions or not, whether you choose to start achieving your goals today, tomorrow, or on January 1st. Use these tips to get started on creating the life you want. You deserve it.

  1. Set goals that you genuinely want to achieve. Setting goals is about you, and what you want for yourself. Avoid setting goals, or making resolutions, that you “should” want, or what other people want you to do. You are going to be doing the work, your goals should be about you and what you really want. This will increase your chance to obtaining your goal, and give you the motivation to keep going when things get rough.
  2. Be specific and realistic about the goals you want to achieve. We all want world peace, but is it something you can achieve on your own, in one year? As they say, Rome was not built in a day. It took centuries to build. Start with small goals that will get you to larger ones. Being specific and realistic about the goals you want to achieve will allow you to measure success one step at a time, rather than creating unrealistic goals that are extremely difficult, if not impossible to achieve. The more unrealistic the goal, the less likely you are to achieve it, which will cause disappointment.
  3. Avoid choosing a goal or resolution that you have been unsuccessful at achieving year-after-year, unless you change the way you approach achieving the goal. Choosing a goal that you have not been able to achieve endlessly will produce the same results, setting you up for failure and disappointment. Commit to taking smaller steps to achieve your goal, rather than jumping right in the same way you have tried numerous times before.
  4. Limit your list of goals to a number that you can actually achieve in a year. Making a list of ten items you want to achieve will take your focus away from goals you can achieve immediately. Focusing on one to three goals that are achievable will produce attainable results.
  5. Break large goals down into little piece, and accomplish them step-by-step. Rather than focusing on a goal that seems intimidating or overwhelming, break it down into manageable pieces. Set several smaller goals throughout the year, that will get you to the end goal. Then even if you aren’t able to reach your final goal, you will have many smaller, but still significant, achievements along the way.
  6. Make an action plan. You have a goal that you want to achieve, spend time mapping out how you are going to get there, step-by-step.
  7. Be prepared to change your habits. One reason that resolutions fail is that people don’t change the habits that prevent them from achieving their goal. Swap “bad” habits with “good” habits, that are incompatible with the one you want to change. Each time you stop “bad” behavior, you will gain confidence in your ability to change.
  8. Write down your goal and visualize it regularly. Writing and visualizing are effective tools for fulfilling a goal because they keep your mind set on the end goal. Writing your goal down and putting it in a place you can see it, will remind you of what you are achieving, and why it is important to you.
  9. Share your goal with friends and family that can support you. Having people to share information with, hold you accountable, and motivate you to keep going will give you the strength to keep going when things get difficult. It will also give you a group of people who can help you celebrate when you achieve your goal.
  10. Measure your success and celebrate milestones. Record and celebrate as you achieve steps toward your goal. Celebrating is a way of congratulating yourself. It will motivate you to keep going.
  11. Forgive yourself when you slip up, and do better next time. Slipping up is part of the process. It is more important to start over immediately, when you slip up, than feel guilty about making a mistake, which may lead you to quit achieving your goal altogether.

FDA Issues Third Strike To Ranbaxy Laboratories

Posted by on October 9th, 2013

india2This September a third Ranbaxy Laboratories manufacturing facility in India was issued an import alert over quality concerns by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). With this latest action taken by the FDA, the final Ranbaxy plant in India dedicated to the US market was banned from importing product into the US. The other two plants dedicated to the US market, owned and operated by Ranbaxy in India were hit with the same import bans in 2008 and are still barred from importing product to the US. The FDA imposed an import ban on the Mohali factory, saying the plant had not met compliance with US drug manufacturing requirements, known as current good manufacturing practices.

With the FDA finding more facilities in India not meeting compliance with the current good manufacturing practices, it reinforces the importance of our introduction of the 10 Star Commitment (only first world medicines). This was a big change to how Canada Drugs served you, but this bold step to put safety ahead of profits was a change that we were proud to make and stand behind 100%.

The 10 Star Commitment means our patients have access to the very best brand and generic medication from within the regulated supply chains of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. There are no compromises and no shortcuts; the safety and quality of medications is an absolute that we will always look out for.

A newly published article by the respected pharmaceutical industry analyst Roger Bate, highlights how medications even produced by supposedly the “best” companies in India, and done so under the World Health Organization standards, results in up to 20% of the product being unsafe, without its required potency or in some other way deficient. We simply don’t think that’s acceptable. To us, paying a few more dollars to source our products exclusively from first world countries AND STILL delivering savings of up to 60% is the right model.

As Canada Drugs is a global company some product lines will come and go, but our mission will never change. We will always maximize savings on available medications to all of our patients. If you have any questions or concerns, please see our Frequently Asked Questions or call us directly at 1-800-226-3784.

Picking The Right Sunscreen Is Not As Easy As It Used To Be

Posted by on June 24th, 2013

Sunscreen womanThe truth is that sun safety is always in season. Did you know that the sun’s rays are just as damaging in the winter and fall as they are in the summer? However with summer upon us it means that it’s time for picnics, losing weight to fit your favorite bathing suit, trips to the beach and increased chances of getting the dreaded sunburn. Several studies in the last 30 years have shown that exposure to the sun can cause damage to the skin and blood vessels and even lead to all three types of skin cancer.

Sunburn is a type of sun damage to the skin that is easily seen. This sun damage is caused by the invisible ultraviolet (UV) radiation found within the sun’s rays. Avoiding direct sun when possible, covering up whatever you can, and using a sunscreen on those areas that are exposed to unavoidable sun offers the best protection. Getting the proper protection from those harmful rays is important and sunscreens are just one of many measures that you should use to get the best protection from the sun’s rays. Sunscreens should not be used to extend time in the sun.

Broad-Spectrum Sunscreens 

Always choose a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection. Broad-spectrum protection means that it protects against all Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays and most of the Ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation. While sunburns and skin cancer risks are usually blamed on UVB radiation, UVA radiation is also an important contributor to increased skin cancer risk. UVA radiation is also responsible for skin ageing and tuning down the human immune system.

SPF, or Suntan Protection Factor, only indicates the protection offered by the sunscreen’s ability to prevent tanning due to UVB radiation. SPF is a number used to describe the amount of protection offered by the sunscreen product against a suntan. Traditional narrow-band sunscreens with SPF that were greater than 60 did not demonstrate that they provided any additional protection compared to products with SPF values of 60. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (US-FDA) implemented new rules at the end of 2012 for all sunscreens and broad-spectrum products.

UVB wavelengths are from 280 to 320, UVA wavelengths are from 320 to 400, and the US FDA requires substantial protection from 280 through 370 to qualify for the ‘Broad Spectrum’ label.

Anthelios XL and Ombrelle Sunscreens Offer Protection 

Here at Canada Drugs we want you to enjoy the sun safely! Two of the leading broad-spectrum sunscreens recommended by dermatologists and pharmacists in Canada are Anthelios XL and Ombrelle. Both of these sunscreen products include the UVA filter Mexoryl SX and/or Mexoryl XL plus other effective sun protection agents.

Mexoryl SX has been available in popular sunscreens like Ombrelle in Canada for about 15 years and is an effective UVA and UVB filter and is water-soluble. Mexoryl XL was just recently approved by Health Canada and is an oil soluble form of Mexoryl that allows for formulations of sunscreen that are more water-resistant. Anthelios XL and other sunscreens with Mexoryl XL also protect against a broader spectrum of the UVA range, offering you greater protection against UVA rays. The result is sunscreens with ultimate sun protection.

Sun Safety Tips 

Spending time in the sun can increase your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To reduce this risk, we recommend that you regularly use sun protection measures including:

  • Use sunscreens with broad-spectrum SPF values like Ombrelle or Anthelios XL and contain titanium oxide regularly and as directed.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours, more often if you’re sweating or jumping in and out of the water.
  • Limit time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Daylight Saving Time), when the sun’s rays are most intense.
  • Wear clothing to cover skin exposed to the sun; for example, long-sleeved shirts and, pants. Hold them up to the sun – if you can see the sun through them, the sun can see you. You will likely need to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen under sheer materials.
  • Wear big sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. Ball caps are not really hats, and will not protect your ears. Consider wearing a neck-protector on the back of your hat.

Mental Exercises Can Maintain Seniors’ Cognitive Health

Posted by on April 16th, 2013

iStock_000018548449XSmallAs our society ages, rates of dementia are expected to climb, but yet doctors have few effective strategies to address symptoms. A new study from the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests that medication and supplements aren’t the answers for many seniors in maintaining brain function into old age, but that mental and cognitive exercises show the most promise.

Mild cognitive impairment, in which older adults show lapses in memory and other mental functions that aren’t serious enough to impair their daily activities, affects about 10% to 20% of those over age 70. Each year, about 10% of these people will progress to develop dementia, a more serious form of impairment that can drastically affect their independence. In the study that reviewed global research dating back to the 1960’s it was found that seniors that did mental exercises saw greater improvement and less developed dementia that those that were treated with medication or supplements.

Puzzles, memory games, and activities that challenge the mind were shown to have amazing positive benefits for the seniors in the study over the long term. It helps to look at your brain like any other muscle in your body and that it also needs to be exercised.

Take time to challenge your brain and have some fun. If you have relatives who are seniors, join them for an afternoon doing a jigsaw puzzle, or introduce them to simple to learn computer games. You’ll be spending quality time with someone who love, helping them, and helping your brain in the long term too stay as sharp as it can be.