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10 Easy to Keep Healthy New Years Resolutions

Posted by on January 22nd, 2016

New-Years-ResolutionFailing to keep New Year’s Resolutions seems to be one resolution people seem to be able to keep. So, how do you keep your resolutions? Keep them simple, specific and not as grand. Resolving to “take the stairs more often” is much easier to follow through on than “lose 30 pounds”. With that in mind, here are 10 easy to follow, healthy resolutions for you to consider:

  1. Walk or ride your bike more often instead of driving.
  2. Take the stairs instead of elevators and escalators to get daily exercise.
  3. Sign up for a dance or art class.
  4. You know it’s the most important meal of the day, so why skip it? Give yourself an extra 15 minutes in the morning to prepare and eat a good breakfast, like free run eggs, oatmeal or a green smoothie.
  5. Grow a simple garden: start with herbs that are easy to grow and maintain.
  6. Incorporate more vegetables in your meals.
  7. Listen to more of your favorite type of music. Music boosts spirits and helps reduce depression.
  8. Cut down your sodium intake by using spices and herbs to flavor your dishes instead of salt.
  9. Eat five new foods this year. Have you tried kale, quinoa, and coconut oil or almond butter yet?
  10. Preserve seasonal fruits and vegetables by learning how to can them. Bulk up on produce that is in season and on sale.

Immediate Release vs Modified Release Formulations

Posted by on January 12th, 2016

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There has been much speculation and confusion among patients as it relates to the different types of formulations for tablets and capsules.

Most oral drug preparations such as tablets and capsules are formulated to release the active ingredient of the drug immediately after it has been administered. These types of drugs are known as immediate-release and are absorbed rapidly within the body. Therefore, their effects are felt quickly, in as little as 20 to 30 minutes but last for a shorter period. These are usually given more frequently during the day.

The next type of formulation is the modified-release dosage forms. These fall into two categories and change the time and/or rate and location at which the active ingredient is released in the body. This is done to achieve the desired effect of the drug and increase patient compliance.

Delayed-Release drugs:
In these types of preparations the active ingredient is released into the body some time after they have been administered. These drugs by-pass the stomach to prevent the gastric juices from destroying the drug or making it inactive. Sometimes these drugs may also be too harsh on the stomach. These types of drugs are usually enteric coated. With these drugs the effects can start within 1-2 hours, can last from 12 to 24 hours. Example: Depakoate.

Extended-Release drugs:
These types of drugs are released into the body at a slower rate over a period of time. This causes the effect of the drug to last longer in the body and can reduce the frequency you the patient may have to take the medication. Drugs which fall into this category may carry the abbreviations such as SR, CR, CD ER, XL etc. These can be taken also every 12-24 hours with the majority lasting for 24 hours and the effect can start within the first 2-4 hours. Examples are: Voltaren SR, Cardizem CD and Effexor XR.

With modified-release drugs it is important not to crush, chew or break them. These actions can sometimes release the drug too rapidly into your system and cause an increase in side effects or result in drug poisoning. Food can also affect how these drugs may work. Consult your pharmacist before taking these types of drugs, as each drug may be different.

It is very important for you the patient, to be aware of which formulation you are using or your doctor has prescribed for you. Some drugs carry more than one type of formulation which varies in how they are released in your body. These slight variations can be sometimes harmful or fatal if taken incorrectly and/or not recognized at an early stage. Eg: Depakoate and Depakote ER. Hence, to get the utmost from your medication, please discuss further with your doctor and/or pharmacist.

We at Canada Drugs have a team of professional pharmacists, working together with you and your provider to ensure optimal drug care. We value you, our customer and take this opportunity to thank you for allowing us to serve you over the years.

Annual MCCA Award Winners

Posted by on September 1st, 2015

Canada Drugs recently participated in the Manitoba Customer Contact Association’s annual MCCA Awards, which celebrate excellence in the contact center industry. Each member nominates their top performers, and the following are Canada Drugs winners:

Representative of the Year

Eden always brings a smile and a positive attitude that positively affects those around him. That attitude is passed on to our patients, as one of them said, “Eden is a jewel and he helped me so much. Eden was very professional with a slight sense of humor which made him wonderful to work with.”
Representative of the Year

Partner of the Year

Candace is the Trainer at Canada Drugs. Candace truly walks the talk when it comes to a positive attitude and professionalism and this shows in her students.
Partner of the Year

Leader of the Year

Jeff believes in his team’s strengths and their ability to do greater things. His positive leadership style has made it easier for him to coach and develop his agents, who consider him to be very supportive and fair.Leader of the Year

Top 10 Myths About Sunscreen

Posted by on May 26th, 2015

Myth #1 All Sunscreens Are The Same (Sunblock and Sunscreen are the Same Thing)

FASLE: Nope. Sun blocks create a physical barrier on your skin, using zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to reflect and scatter UV light off the skin surface so UVA and UVB rays can’t penetrate and cause damage. Sunscreens are absorbed into your skin, and use chemicals like oxybenzone, homosalate, octisalate and other filters to absorb UVA and UVB rays where they are deactivated and degraded by contact from organic chemicals in the sunscreen. Sun blocks have a slightly greasier consistency than chemical sunscreens. Some critics charge chemical sunscreens with endangering human health by disrupting the endocrine system, mimicking sex hormones, and causing DNA damage. But it is worth noting none of the major health organizations have taken a stand against chemical sunscreens. When faced with the task of buying suncreen, the best choice is simply the formula that you know you’ll wear everyday. Look for full-spectrum or broad-spectrum coverage that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Myth #2 I Can Skip It

FALSE: Sunscreen and sunblock should be used in addition to the biggest form of UV protection out there: avoidance. Wear protective clothing. Clothing and a hat are even better than sunscreen, the more covered up you are, the less sunscreen you need. Try to stay indoors between the peak hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wear sunscreen or sun block, but try to stay in the shade as much as possible. Up to 70 per cent of skin cancer cases can be prevented by avoiding skin damage from UV rays, says the Canada Safety Council.

Myth #3 A Little Sunscreen Will See Me Through The Day

FALSE: The general principle is to reapply every two to four hours. Sunscreen does breakdown with time. Don’t be stingy when you’re putting it on yourself or your children. To properly cover your whole body, you would have to use enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass. A good way to conserve sunscreen is to cover up with clothing. Clothes are more reliable than sunscreen. You don’t have to worry about forgetting about it or reapplying it. If you get into the water, you may need to reapply more often. The FDA doesn’t allow sunscreen makers to claim that their products are “waterproof” or “sweatproof,” or identify their products as “sunblocks” because, the FDA says, those claims overstate their effectiveness. Sunscreens can claim that they are “water resistant,” but they have to specify how long that lasts. You may also want to check on whether your prescriptions make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Certain blood pressure medications can make your skin more sensitive to the sun and so can some antibiotics, such as doxycycline, which is an oral antibiotic used to treat acne. Be sure to talk to your doctor about this,” Stein says.

Myth #4 I Put Sunscreen On My Face, Arms, Legs, Back, And Neck — So I’m Set

FALSE: When it comes to sun safety, you need to pay close attention to every part of your body. Melanoma can form in areas where the sun doesn’t shine directly. You may have overlooked some key areas. The ears and the back of the neck are commonly neglected. You can actually get sunburn on your scalp, so wearing a hat is a good way to get protection. It will also shade your face, and that will give you good face protection. Don’t forget about your lips. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing a lip balm with an SPF of at least 30.

Myth #5 Last Year’s Bottle Is Still Ok

TRUE: It’s important to look at the expiration date because contrary to popular belief, sunscreen does expire. Sunscreen that is fresh, which can be only a couple of months old or less, is more likely to hold true to its SPF rating at the time. It’s best to store a sunscreen at room temperature and to not expose it to extreme heat like a hot car, as this can cause the product to break down more easily. You should use enough so that you’re not using the same bottle summer after summer. If you’re doing it right, you’re not going to have leftovers next year. Check the expiration date on your sunscreen bottle. Some sunscreens break down quickly, especially the ones that give you UVA protection.

Myth #6 You Can’t Get Sun Damage On A Cloudy Day

FASLE: Applying sunscreen is necessary even on cloudy days, while driving in a vehicle or sitting in an office. Believe it or not, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through clouds and fog, which helps explain why people often have serious sunburns on overcast days if they spent a consider amount of time outside with no sun protection. Just because you can’t see your shadow doesn’t mean you’re safe from the sun’s damaging rays.

Myth #7 A Base Tan Protects Your Skin From Sunburn

FALSE: There is no such thing as a safe or protective tan; any tan at all is a sign of skin damage. Skin tans in response to UV damage to the skin’s DNA; a tan is the skin’s attempt to repair sun damage and prevent further injury. But these imperfect repairs can cause gene defects that can lead to skin cancer.

Myth #8 Put On Your Sunscreen Just Before You Leave The House So It’s Fresh

TRUTH: You know when the label says you have to apply a sunscreen 20 or 30 minutes before you go into the sun? They mean it. That’s how long it takes sunscreen to absorb into your skin. Venture out on a high-UV day and you could burn before it even kicks in. Zinc oxide or titanium dioxide-based sun blocks sit on top of the skin and work immediately. So if you’re a slather-it-on-at-the-last-minute type of person, they may be a better choice for you.

Myth #9 I Don’t Need Sunscreen While Swimming

FALSE: Unless you’re wearing a wet suit (as in full-body scuba or surf gear), you need sunscreen or sun block. Products labeled “water-resistant” maintain their SPF level after 40 minutes of water exposure. The FDA doesn’t allow sunscreen makers to claim that their products are “waterproof” or “sweatproof,” or identify their products as “sunblocks” because, the FDA says, those claims overstate their effectiveness. Regardless, always reapply your sunscreen after towelling off.

Myth #10 Chemicals In Sunscreen Are More Dangerous Than Skipping Sun Protection

FALSE: Consumers should take precautions when buying sunscreen, being on the lookout for these two ingredients: avobenzone and oxybenzone. Avobenzone is not stable and tends to break down once formulated and when it neutralizes UV rays on the skin. Oxybenzone products are absorbed through the skin, and the chemical has been demonstrated to be a hormone disruptor. However, consumers who want to avoid those sunscreens should do so, but emphasized not using sunscreen is far more dangerous than exposure to its ingredients. Current research shows that when used as directed, sunscreens are safe and effective. The Skin Cancer Foundation has always recommended using a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher as one important part of a complete sun protection program.

Help Support Importation With a 2 Minute Survey

Posted by on February 20th, 2015


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